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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.



In news media - and everywhere! - transparency is key to building trust.


Net neutrality is about freedom. That’s why we need to keep it. My piece:


Happy Hanukkah to everyone who celebrates.


Find the perfect podcast for you and your love ones. This is really cool.


Net neutrality isn't a technical issue. It's all about freedom of speech. Here's why you need to care.


1 in 4 people in Silicon Valley is at risk of hunger. This is our responsibility to fix.


This is so good. I agree 1000% with what Sue Gardner is arguing for here.


I tried to write the first version of a personal mission statement this morning before work. It's hard. Feedback is a gift!


Keith Chegwin, a British TV entertainer, sadly died from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis today. Awareness is important, but coverage of the disease is mixed. This is actually one of the better ones.


A fascinating portrait of a terrifying President. Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation


This is a weird sort of Christmas card, I guess.


Listening to KRCB North Bay because my sister is going to show up and sing on it tonight.


Sometimes, just sometimes, I want to set this industry on fire, make a Ben-shaped hole in the wall, and go running for the hills.


The flow of data is subject to trade rules - and therefore, NAFTA negotiations. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.


Another excellent episode of the Daily, interviewing that bigoted cake shop owner, and the same-sex couple he turned down.!401740dd4524a43fc06a77c57c1125a861e7a460


“Here, you shed your clothes and your inhibition, and there’s a rawness.”


While the Republicans deservedly implode, and while we fight this atrocity of a tax bill, the Democrats are readying a candidate who will win 2020 by winning back disillusioned working class people in economically unstable swing states, right?

... Right ...?


I sincerely wish I could kill the part of my brain that tells me I'll never be good enough and reminds me all the reasons why. I think it's always going to be whispering at me somewhere in the background; the trick is to keep it there.


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