A Collapse of Privacy

I wrote a piece for Quartz, about how the chang­ing roles and norms of pri­va­cy cre­at­ed unex­pect­ed fault lines in our pol­i­tics: The ear­ly promise of the inter­net was that some­one would not need to be best friends with their phys­i­cal neigh­bors in order to be part of a com­mu­ni­ty. And indeed, for mar­gin­al­ized peo­ple…

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The Fight for Gay Rights Is Not Over

When the Supreme Court ruled in Oberge­fell v. Hodges that mar­riage is a fun­da­men­tal right for LGBT Amer­i­cans, many pun­dits expressed relief that the bat­tle for gay rights was, essen­tial­ly, over. This was an obvi­ous fic­tion — in 28 states, employ­ers have the right to sum­mar­i­ly ter­mi­nate an employ­ee because of their sex­u­al iden­ti­ty — but nev­er­the­less,…

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How to Spot a Phishing Attack

Some­one tried to phish my email today. Phish­ing is a form of elec­tron­ic attack where­by a mali­cious per­son tries to steal per­son­al infor­ma­tion by pos­ing as a trust­ed source. The fol­low­ing email arrived in my inbox: This email looks like it came from Google. So how did I know it was a phish­ing attack? I have set…

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Seven Things to Look for in an Authoritarian Crackdown

This week, Pres­i­dent Trump act­ed to silence all pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, the Nation­al Park Ser­vice, and the US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. While the rea­sons for this cen­sor­ship is unclear, the deci­sion is send­ing rip­ples across the gov­ern­ment as fed­er­al employ­ees fear a mas­sive crack­down on their abil­i­ty to com­mu­ni­cate their work to…

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It Is Time for the Media to Stand Up

Don­ald Trump’s press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day (the first since he asked the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment to hack into Hillary Clin­ton’s email last July) was the har­bin­ger of some­thing omi­nous. The usu­al tropes applied to it — Trump’s gaslight­ing of the coun­try, of deny­ing things that are plain to see while pre­tend­ing they are not, demand­ing respect after build­ing…

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For New Year’s, Write

As the year draws to a close and the month-long count­down toward a Trump Pres­i­den­cy begins, well… crap. This year cer­tain­ly did not end on an espe­cial­ly high note, and 2017, when the man actu­al­ly assumes office, looks to be even worse. Don­ald Trump, as a Pres­i­dent, presages a descent into mad­ness in Amer­i­ca: an…

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Mitch McConnell Is Swindling You

Today, CNN report­ed that Repub­li­can Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Mitch McConnell thinks it “defies belief” that there are Repub­li­cans who don’t want to inves­ti­gate the role of Russ­ian hack­ers in attack­ing the integri­ty of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Many peo­ple have cheered his state­ment as part of a bipar­ti­san effort to uncov­er just how bad­ly Rus­sia influ­enced…

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How to Unpack A Fake News Story

There is a pan­ic-sto­ry going through the anti-Amer­i­­can swamps of the Left about a pro­vi­sion with­in the 2017 Intel­li­gence Autho­riza­tion Act, H.R. 6393, that is intend­ed to counter Russ­ian influ­ence oper­a­tions inside the U.S. I found it post­ed in a cou­ple of places on social media today. Like most fake news, there is a ker­nel…

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