Public Writing

As someone who learns in public online, I've written many hundreds of articles, posts, and liveblogs across the web over the years.

This incomplete archive pulls from the RSS feeds of the MIT Center for Civic Media, my blog on Princeton's Freedom to Tinker site, my feed at The Atlantic, my blog on Medium, writings at the Emerging Scholars Network, posts for (formerly PBS) MediaShift, and articles for Global Voices.

I frequently blog public talks to broaden public exposure to scholarly ideas and to enable transparency toward powerful people's public statements. Liveblog posts, which summarize what was said, do not reflect my personal views.


Why I’m Going on the Academic Job Market Permalink

(Medium)

I believe my best contribution to a flourishing internet is through public-interest research and teaching in a university settingAs society discovers the power and risks from digital communications, how can democracies manage this power for the common good?

Don’t Stop Inferring: An AI Rock Ballad Permalink

(Medium)

Memories aren’t made to last. With no apologies to Journey, and much gratitude to TheInspiroBot, Rochelle LaPlante, Andromeda Yelton, Caroline Sinders, Sydette Harry, Renee Teate, Gina Neff, and Andrew Losowsky, for egging me on last July.

To Read This Month: A Wrinkle in Time Permalink

(TheAtlantic)

In celebration of Banned Book Month at @1book140, join our Twitter book club to read the classic sci-fi fantasy novel and illicit classic A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

Gratitude and its Dangers in Social Technologies Permalink

(MIT Center for Civic Media)

How do our designs change when we start emphasizing people and community and not just the things they do for us? Over the next year of my research, I’m exploring acknowledgment and gratitude, basic parts of online relationships that designers often set aside to focus on the tasks people do online.

1book140’s July Read: A Highly Unlikely Scenario Permalink

(TheAtlantic)

After a month of discussion on healthy, ethical food at #1book140, our Twitter book club’s July pick is a dystopian fast-food space comedy with A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee’s Guide to Saving the World by Rachel Cantor.

1book140’s April Read: Middlemarch Permalink

(TheAtlantic)

Middlemarch, by George Eliot, has been called “the greatest English novel,” labeled “the death knell for a book club,” and, according to Virginia Woolf, who loved it, “one of the few novels written for grown-up people.

Vote for 1book140’s December Read: 2013’s Also-Rans Permalink

(TheAtlantic)

New Press, Houghton Mifflin, Penguin, Harper Collins, Knopf, Random HouseFrom parties to prisons, narratives of a single place or remarkable journeys, the past year at our Twitter book club, @1book140, has sparked great conversations.

Are They Watching Me? Internet Surveillance Permalink

(Global Voices)

Jillian York (Global Voices and Electronic Frontier Foundation) starts off this session by asking participants if they think their government is monitoring their electronic communications.