How Ideas Travel Like Fire–From a Side Project to a $3.6mil DARPA Grant

5 summers ago I was a Fellow at Polaris and hacked together a way to track sex trafficking using Google Reader. At the time, Craigslist appeared to be the dominant market for commercial sex and like today, every Craigslist section has an RSS feed. I sat in my rented room in Northern Virginia after work at […]

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“There Are Four Lights” and the Futility of Torture

One of my favorite t-shirts is a sideways reference to 1992 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is also a statement on the simultaneous immorality and futility of torture. Here is the scene, you can read this article for the set-up: Growing up watching Star Trek, I learned a lot of things. Women are scientists and captains. Aliens can […]

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How to Print Your Own Notable Women in Computing Cards

We decided to run a Kickstarter for the Notable Women in Computing Card Deck because a number of people indicated they would rather buy a deck than print one and we could bring the per-deck cost down  with an order in the thousands. But we’ve always kept the option to self-print open and protected by […]

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501(c)(me): The rise of personal fundraising

What would you do if this came across your dash: urulokid: i am so so bad at asking for money this is horrible i wasnt raised to do this basically okay here’s my current situation. our lease is up in june and we’re going to be moving out to a house closer to town somewhere […]

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Choose your heroes carefully

I spent the weekend dress as Jennifer Walters, or She-Hulk, at this weekend’s Awesome Con in Washington D.C. It was fun in the joyous ways all theater is fun–I had make-up, I sewed my costume, I had lines and did research and played with a cast of thousands. But this weekend was also my first time cosplaying […]

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