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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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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Open thread for 94-848/79-298: Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal

I’m taking a break from my vacation in the stunning mountains of Montana to talk to a class at Carnegie Mellon being taught by my awesome major advisor, Jay Aronson. I’ll be updating this post with references to the links I bring up in the conversation, so class participants and refer back to it. Any […]

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Is any utterance without copyright? (What the Yahoo hacking tells us about modern IP)

A basic component of copyright is that it only applies to creations in a fixed medium. After revelations of cell-phone and webcam blanket surveillance, in addition to city-pervasive security camera usage, is any creation truly intangible? Quick definition from the U.S. copyright office: “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted […]

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A Study in Scarlet Tape

I have been listening to all of Sherlock Holmes read aloud* this week. For the entirety of A Study in Scarlet, he looked like Benedict Cumberbatch in my head. (Source) For all of The Sign of the Four: (Source) Benedict Cumberbatch. But for the third book? The Hound of the Baskervilles? In my mind’s eye, […]

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