Tag Archives: technology

Two great pieces on women in tech

There’s recently been a lot of great writing on women and the problem of gender inequality in the tech field. I recommend these three pieces in particular: “Not a Beard” by Mari Huertas, who was a member of Obama’s re-election tech team. In an effort to indicate that the team was more San Francisco than […]

The crypto triple threat club

My written one-to-one communication patterns can be grouped into three major categories: longform, synchronous shortform, and asynchronous shortform. For the most part I use email, IMs, and SMS, respectively, for those purposes. Each of those technologies has its own end-to-end encryption protocol.1 Email has the venerable OpenPGP protocol and the GnuPG suite of programs; IM […]

Bad civic hygiene

Bruce Schneier has a great cautionary quote about technology and its tendency to be subverted: It’s bad civic hygiene to build technologies that could someday be used to facilitate a police state. He’s used the line in a few essays: one about data reuse and the role of the US census in Japanese internment, one […]

Voluntary obsolescence: checking out of the upgrade cycle

This week I purchased a new cell phone. I’ve been using my current phone, an HTC Desire Z (dubbed the G2 by T-Mobile in the US), for a little over a year and it’s time for an upgrade. Or maybe it’s a sidegrade. Instead of buying the newest model on the market (or waiting for […]