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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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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The deeply peculiar business of choosing someone’s pseudonym

I write a lot for work. Pretty much everything on this page since August 2012, I wrote. What I didn’t write, I edited or found content for or helped reformat. My name is on 2 pieces of writing my organization has sent out–an invitation to a basketball game and an invitation to Facebook for people […]

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Check out my colleagues being awesome and talking about H.R. 3344

I had the great fun of organizing a panel on one of my favorite bills this federal legislation session, H.R. 3344. You can learn a lot watching the video below, or you can read the infographic I designed, peruse the stories I curated, or sign the petition I wrote. Seriously, I like this bill. Also, […]

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7 ways to deal with vicarious trauma that are cheaper than therapy

I wrote about this before, 4 years ago when I was a Fellow at the nonprofit where I now work. There’s an expectation that people who work on ending human rights abuses will get a little messed up in the process. Some of this shows up in gallows-humor, some in intense reactions to depictions of […]

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