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Greatest Hits, Volume I & II

I’ve been looking back on my career some lately as I contemplate options for what to do next, and I realized I’ve had some pretty incredible opportunities. I’m always on the lookout to challenge myself in different ways, but I think it’s good to look back and appreciate what you’ve experienced and learned along the way. So […]

Content Matters

When I began writing professionally, it was a natural extension of the writing I was already doing for college newsletters and my own personal website in the pre-blogging world. I found my first few projects based purely in topical interest – technology. From there, my writing and editing expanded to other topics, but the vast […]

Engineering the Future for Entrepreneurs

Next week, I will have the honor of visiting Penn State as a Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence and participating in several of the courses they provide for students who are studying engineering entrepreneurship as a minor. It’s an impressive program and these students will undoubtedly come out of it much better prepared than I was leaving college. I look forward to […]

Big Data, Cybersecurity & Digital Empowerment

In my career to date, I’ve researched or worked on pretty much every topic in information technology and digital media, from online culture to data security. Sometimes it seems like I’m shifting gears from one radically different topic to another when I speak to various media sources as an expert source, but at the foundation, it all […]

Talking Tech, Digital Media & Cyber Policy

On my most recent trip to Washington, D.C., I had the pleasure of sitting down with some of the sharp team at the Center for Democracy and Technology. They were kind enough to invite me to participate in their weekly podcast, CDT Tech Talk, where we discussed my book in one of their segments. Offline, we […]

TechWomen, Technovation & Global Women in STEM

A few years ago I started participating more in events that help educate, inspire and empower women and girls in tech not just in the US but globally. I had such an amazing experience meeting and talking with women tech entrepreneurs in Moscow for the first ever Startup Women Forum, I was hooked. So from […]

So About Tech’s Gender Gap

I had the privilege of joining a sharp, talented group of women talking about the gender gap in tech last month at Blurb HQ in San Francisco. The group, a combination of Bay Area women in tech, combined veterens in a wide range of organizations. Tom Foremski wrote about the topics discussed in ZDNet. Thanks to […]

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 […]

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 […]