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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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Net neutrality isn't a technical issue. It's all about freedom of speech. Here's why you need to care. https://words.werd.io/heres-why-net-neutrality-is-a-freedom-of-speech-issue-eabf99179076

 

1 in 4 people in Silicon Valley is at risk of hunger. This is our responsibility to fix. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/12/the-silicon-valley-paradox-one-in-four-people-are-at...

 

This is so good. I agree 1000% with what Sue Gardner is arguing for here. https://www.knightfoundation.org/public-media-white-paper-2017-gardner

 

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

 

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. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/showbiz-tv/keith-chegwin-dies-idiopathic-pulmonary-14023395

 

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. https://medium.com/@benwerd/an-atheist-kid-at-christmas-b5951351f3ef

 
 

Listening to KRCB North Bay because my sister is going to show up and sing on it tonight. http://radio.krcb.org/programs/north-bay-songwriters

 

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. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-07/silicon-valley-is-sneaking-models-into-this-year-...

 

The flow of data is subject to trade rules - and therefore, NAFTA negotiations. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trumps-trade-deficit-obsession-could-hurt-leading-am...

 
 
 
 
 

Another excellent episode of the Daily, interviewing that bigoted cake shop owner, and the same-sex couple he turned down. https://play.radiopublic.com/the-daily-GMB3yp/ep/s1!401740dd4524a43fc06a77c57c1125a861e7a460

 
 

“Here, you shed your clothes and your inhibition, and there’s a rawness.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/technology/silicon-valley-esalen-institute.html

 
 
 

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.

 

Interested in getting into investing? Want to help create a more progressive society? New Media Ventures is hiring: http://www.newmediaventures.org/were-hiring-2/

 
 

I so badly want this to exist. Join me? http://mailchi.mp/8e698d483056/were-halfway-there?e=5111f5c455

 

Looking for a technical cofounder? Here's how I think you could go about it. https://words.werd.io/searching-for-a-technical-cofounder-7ffd401c04b4

 

The Post sounds like a solidly good movie. Brave of this reporter to break the press embargo. https://medium.com/@SaraJBenincasa/an-honest-review-of-the-post-ca4026e3e430?source=linkShare-3b1640...

 

The Daily continues to be excellent. The US has set aside $5M for payments to civilian casualties in the war against the Islamic State - so why has nobody been paid? https://play.radiopublic.com/the-daily-GMB3yp/ep/s1!7532ed751d08f20dc38f99f403e0474a76f3887d

 

“We’ll unsubscribe you from our mailing list within ten business days” should be illegal. There’s zero reason to not do it right now, except that you want to keep spamming me.

 

Dirty tricks are in play in the Roy Moore story. This is yet another example of why real journalism is so important. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/a-woman-approached-the-post-with-dramatic--and-false--...