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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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Finally deleted Swarm. Kind of done with deliberately leaving a footprint telling everyone where I am.

H2O is an open platform for sharing and remixing open course materials. https://h2o.law.harvard.edu/

Have a Roomba? It's been mapping your home and it's going to be selling that data. In other news, fuck everything. https://gizmodo.com/roombas-next-big-step-is-selling-maps-of-your-home-to-t-1797187829

We're "steeped in a culture telling us to think of ourselves as self-reliant instead of interdependent." It's a con: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2017/jul/17/neoliberalism-has-conned-us-into-fighting-climate-change-as-individuals?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Big Sick is such a lovely movie. I laughed and cried. Romantic and hilarious. Worth catching in the theater if you haven't yet.

Greedily reading through these stories (and thinking about one of my own). https://seat14c.com/future_ideas

This simply isn't how life should be. A sad story, and a warning. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/business/lawyers-addiction-mental-health.html

If the US wanted to be more like the Netherlands, that would be okay with me, too. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/07/us-worst-health-care-commonwealth-2017-report/533634/

Actual healthcare outcomes put the UK 10th - still above the US, where healthcare is a brutal, market-based system. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/40608253