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Talking About Raising the Next Generation of Digital Citizens

This week, I’ll be joining my friend and colleague, Veronica Arreola, in a discussion at the 2015 BlogHer conference in New York, #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. Veronica’s built her career around studying diversity in STEM. I’ve built mine around the intersections between digital media and society, having grown up online before most people knew what […]

What I Did This Spring: TechCamp

I first visited the quaint Eastern European city of Riga, Latvia in the summer of 1989. Nestled between the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Estonia, Latvia represented the second stop in our People to People delegation of Kansas high school students touring the USSR. After a grim few days in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) where […]

ACM: Shifting Culture through Technology Research & Policy

When I worked as a systems and network administrator (translation: IT wrangler) back in the nineties, I learned an important lesson that the people in tech only get noticed when things break. If they work well, everyone’s happy. If they don’t work well, suddenly you’re in demand. Technology is a tool and it’s neutral. We […]

For Today’s Books, it’s an Expedition, Not a Tour

As I embarked on another trip since the launch of my book six months ago, I ran into friends and was asked the question, yet again, “how’s the book tour going?” For some reason, this confounds me because I don’t feel like it’s a tour. I think of tours as detailed itineraries with a tight schedule, traveling […]

Transitions in the Modern World

Twice a year I experience a feeling of intrinsic transition: January, the new year, and September, the new school year. This year, September came early with my book’s release just before my daughter started back at school in late August, and suddenly I was thrust into another set of transitions at work and at home. […]

Calling All Readers

My book has now been out for two months and it’s been great fun seeing people reading the book from all over the country. It has done well selling on Amazon and is in a number of different bookstores including Barnes & Noble and Powell’s stores, Bay Area chains like Book Passage, Books Inc. and […]

What Comes Next

After wrapping my first major launch events for my book in San Francisco and Silicon Valley and tracking the launch month for my book, I started being questioned about what I’ll be doing next. The book’s out now and I must have all of this free time now, right? Well not exactly. First, the book was an immense […]

Amazon and the Wild World of Bestseller Lists

My book, The Digital Mystique, has now been out for a month and it has been fascinating to watch the online sales through Amazon as an author as well as a digital media strategist, techie and data geek. Now I can say legitimately that my book is a bestseller – even though it was published […]

On Becoming an Author

On the eve of my book’s publication and introduction to the world, I thought I should write down my thoughts about the whole experience of becoming an author so I will remember them, and share them for others who seek to follow a similar path. Like many, I romanticized the idea of becoming an author […]

YouTube as the Media of Record?

I participated in FutureCast in April, hosted by Andrew Keen in Palo Alto, and the guest speaker was filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, who released her film, The Science of Character, globally that day. The discussion following the film encompassed a wide range of topics and ideas about the future of technology, but mostly it focused on […]