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Speaking of Digital

I spoke last fall at the MINK WIC 2013 conference as their closing keynote, and we just recently put together a video from that talk. The audience was young women in technology, and the event was hosted in Kansas City at The Kauffman Foundation HQ. The topic: empowerment in the digital age. I shared 10 […]

E-mail Etiquette – Are We Doomed to Failure?

Modern electronic mail can be both an exceptional gift and an incredible curse in what we’re allowed to do and how we’re expected to respond. In my latest post on the new e-publishing platform, Medium, I write about my long-term relationship with electronic messaging: For the Love-Hate of E-mail.

Welcome to Sarah’s New Website

Welcome to my new website. I’m proud to have worked with Connect Interactive to get a fresh look and feel, along with improved site navigation and blogging components. The site will continue to be updated over the coming days, weeks and months, so look for a few more changes in the near future. A few […]

Recent thoughts on open government and cybersecurity

The two biggest issue areas in IT policy that I’ve been working on the past few years include open government and cybersecurity. While they may sound like they’re in opposition, that’s not really the case. It is possible to have smart security and open government. Not everything can be open, not everything can be secured. […]

Rehashing the same old women in tech conversation

I’m sitting here at the Exceptional Women in Publishing annual Women’s Leadership Conference and the keynote panel this morning was all about “women, technology & the female brain.” While I enjoyed the session, I learned nothing new. I’ve been to so many women’s conferences, worked with so many women’s organizations, written and edited so many […]

Professional Update

Since I haven’t been blogging much lately, I thought it might be worthwhile to put up a professional update. In early February, I spoke at the Democratic Science and Technology Summit organized by the California Democratic Party Internet Caucus at Stanford University. As of January, I’m now chairing the USACM Digital Government committee of the […]

Fem2 and the Politics of Inclusion

I’m submitting a session for the Gov 2.0 Camp LA Women in Technology track. Here’s the scoop: Although the concept of open government & transparent processes assumes equal ability for participation, there are still spaces and situations in the world of online politics and government 2.0 where some or all women get cut out of […]

Microsoft Office Winter Games Contest Semi-Finals Report

I came, I blogged, I tweeted, I e-mailed, I Facebooked (no, that’s not a real verb although people are using it way too much these days) and put up requests on a range of lists and other sites for the past 13 days in an attempt to win two coveted trips to blog at the […]

Recap of a busy week – politics, new media, gov 2.0 and more

Last week was a whirlwind on the local level… after Newsom dropped out of the CA governors’ race, I wrote a piece about it that had a pretty good reception at The Huffington Post but was maimed by trolls at SFGate. Having seen this happen before for other writers, I reluctantly decided to remove all […]

Geek Summit, Social Media Style

In a flurry of panels, one-on-one dialogues, product promos and surprise guests, the three day Web 2.0 Summit just held in San Francisco felt a bit like speed dating for tech companies: “Hi, my name’s HP and I’m eco-friendly. What’s your sign?”“Nice to meet you. I’m Google, and I can search your shared social media […]