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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 to support a stronger democracy at Matter.

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The pangs of "here's what we should have done" are pretty strong for me wrt Known right now. Channeling that energy to new startups.

 

More and more grant-funded internet freedom projects are moving to direct revenue. ChatSecure is the latest: https://chatsecure.org/blog/sustainable-open-source-starts-with-you/

 

Crazy that it's necessary, but 1Password's new travel mode keeps your accounts safe as you cross borders. I'm loyal. https://blog.agilebits.com/2017/05/18/introducing-travel-mode-protect-your-data-when-crossing-borders/

 

Platforms like ZeroKit are theoretically great, but the code should be auditable to protect against backdoors. https://tresorit.com/zerokit

 

Blockstack sounds great; decentralized names and certificates are a huge step forward in particular. Let's see. https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2017/05/23/blockstack-unveils-a-browser-for-the-decentralized-web/#7294449971cd

 
 

Bombing a room full of kids is sick. Impressed by the Manchester community rallying: Holiday Inn taking in kids, cabs giving free rides.

 

I've been very blockchain-skeptical. This podcast episode is helping to change my mind a bit: http://a16z.com/2017/05/19/congressional-blockchain-caucus/

 

I'd missed this article about Facebook's campus. Interesting reading: what fosters creative productivity? http://go.theinformation.com/f8ff6ee6d714dece

 

There's a lot to think about here, but in principle this seems like a good idea. Protect your users. https://twitter.com/datagrok/status/866312196225024000