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July, 2021

Fairness Friday: NDN Collective / July 30, 2021

I’m posting Fairness Fridays: a new community social justice organization each week. I donate to each featured organization. If you feel so inclined, please join me. This week I'm donating to NDN Collective. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, NDN Collective describes its mission as follows: NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization ...

Fairness Friday: Southerners on New Ground / July 23, 2021

Inspired by Fred Wilson’s Funding Fridays, which highlight a new crowdfunding campaign that he’s contributed to every week, I decided to start a series of my own. This isn’t a knock on him: I genuinely enjoy those posts. But I also felt like there was room for something else. Starting this ...

10 assertions about the future of social / July 22, 2021

It will be decentralized. The way to compete with Facebook is not to compete with its model. Decentralization empowers users in a way that Facebook can’t, while also undermining its core business model. It won’t be a decentralized version of something we already know. It’s not enough to build a “decentralized ...

Decentralization and the templated society / July 10, 2021

My mother used to regularly tell me that I needed to work less; that she didn’t understand why I went for the positions I did; that it sounded like hell to her. At the time, I didn’t respond well, although I mostly kept my grumbling to myself. Did I have the ...

Answering your questions / July 5, 2021

At the end of last week, I encouraged readers to ask me anything related to my work. I wasn’t sure if anyone actually would, but I was curious about what kinds of questions people had. I got a surprising number of questions! So much so that I think I’m going to ...

Ask me anything! / July 2, 2021

Let’s try something a little bit different. I’m the Head of Engineering at a Series B startup based in San Francisco. I’ve previously been a startup founder in both San Francisco and Edinburgh, Scotland. I’ve started two major open source projects and worked in the early stages of a third. I ...

Reading, watching, playing, using: June 2021 / July 1, 2021

This is my monthly roundup of the books, articles, and streaming media I found interesting. Here's my list for June, 2021. This month, I started posting notable links to my site as I saved them. You can follow my bookmarks here (and subscribe via RSS). Books A Queer History of the United States, ...

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