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Kids’ Screen Time is a Feminist Issue

Kids’ Screen Time is a Feminist Issue

The cultural panic over kids and screen time has never made sense to me. In my latest JSTOR post, I dig into feminist history for analogies to the current anxiety about kids and technology, and discover there’s plenty of precedent.

How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg

How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg

Investors and tech geeks love to talk about “unicorns”: tech startups that are worth $1 billion or more. Incredibly, many of these dazzling success stories, like Facebook and Snapchat, have been launched by people in their early twenties. Other...
How to lock your kids out of every fucking device

How to lock your kids out of every fucking device

I wrote my Ph.D. thesis on hacktivism: politically-motivated computer hacking. Interviewing fifty politically engaged computer hackers turned out to be great preparation for running a business that built nonprofit online communities, because I really know how to speak...
What you can learn by NOT throwing your child out of a window

What you can learn by NOT throwing your child out of a window

A few years ago I found myself comparing vacation plans with a colleague — a single guy about a decade older than me. His upcoming vacation? A month-long backpacking trip to Hawaii, totally off the grid. When I marvelled at his bravery, he offered this wisdom: “Every...
A social media resource for moms (and dads)

A social media resource for moms (and dads)

Nicole Cottrell has undertaken a three-part blog series, 15 ways moms can use social media. Judging from the first part, which went online today, it’s going to have lots of great ideas. Here are a couple of my favorite parts: Try using your personal Twitter,...
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