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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5 videos that inspire me to speak publicly

Today, at noon, I’m giving a presentation to a group of Fellows on public speaking. I’ll talk a lot tomorrow about tactics. About writing out every word of a speech by hand your first few times to make sure the words live in your head. About standing on one foot and wiggling before you go on […]

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