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Humanist technologist. Equality and adventures.

I co-founded Elgg and Known, worked on Medium, and now invest in innovative media startups at Matter.

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Algorithmic feeds are socially problematic, but here's why companies switch to them. https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/29/sortchat/

 

This. I was worried about The Handmaid's Tale, but it's clever, human, and viscerally terrifying. Worth watching. https://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2017/04/the-handmaids-tale-is-the-most-horrific-thing-i-have-ever-seen/

 
 

Well, this is kind of a shitshow. Livejournal was such an important part of my early web life. Really sad. http://io9.gizmodo.com/russian-owned-livejournal-bans-political-talk-adds-ris-1794143772

 

If this is true, it's just reason 5,000,007 not to use Uber. But none of you are anymore, right? https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/04/uber-said-to-use-sophisticated-software-to-defraud-drivers-passengers/

 
 

I'm hosting Homebrew Website Club at @mattervc SF tomorrow. Join us at 6:30 for demos & talk about a stronger independent web.

 

America being set up to be a backwards, anti-democratic state. This is so depressing. https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-administration-considers-far-reaching-steps-for-extreme-vetting-1491303602

 

Really nice update from - and I'll defend this! - the best TV show ever made. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39444025