Selected Writing

Food & Agriculture

The explosive dominance of soy over a century went unnoticed by most Americans—except for those growing it.—December 12, 2018 [The New Food Economy]

Soon we’ll use smartphones to trace our food on the blockchain. But there’s a catch: We’ll be traced, too.—July 19, 2018 [The New Food Economy]

The future of seafood is bait-to-plate transparency on the blockchain —April 25, 2018 [The New Food Economy]

Why blockchain won’t fix food safety—yet —February 4, 2018 [The New Food Economy]

Climate & The Environment

Carbon farming isn’t worth it for farmers. Two blockchain companies want to change that —June 4, 2018 [The New Food Economy]

In Texas, a Model For Sharing Open Water Data —April 13, 2016 [Civicist]

NASA Partners With iSeeChange on Citizen-Science Climate Project —January 7, 2016 [Civicist]

Citizen Science & Environmental Activism

New Spill Tracker Enlists Crowd to Help Monitor Pollution After Hurricanes—September 11, 2017 [Civicist]

How the Crowd Could Help Keep Zinke Accountable—August 7, 2017 [Civicist]

In Ecuador, Waorani Communities Use Open-Source Tools to Collaboratively Map Their Territory —March 31, 2017 [Civicist]

Zooniverse Project Builder Is Like WordPress For Plug-and-Play Citizen Science —May 6, 2016 [Civicist]

Open Data & Transparency

Hearing on Algorithmic Transparency Reveals Rift in NYC Tech Community —October 19, 2017 [Civicist]

How the NYC Commission on Human Rights Uses Open Data Against Discriminatory Landlords —July 13, 2017 [Civicist]

Detroit’s Foreclosure Crisis and the Need for ‘Information Justice’ —March 8, 2017 [CityLab]

On Jackie Robinson West and Coming to Terms With the Use (or Misuse) of Public Data —February 13, 2015 [techPresident]

Privacy & Surveillance

A Sanctuary City for Data Privacy? —April 25, 2017 [Civicist]

The Uncertain Future of India’s Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone —August 28, 2014 [techPresident]

Movements & Organizing

Peoples Climate March Revives Platform for Distributed Organizing —April 17, 2017 [Civicist]

Former Occupiers Are Building a Network for Liberation, One Movement at a Time —March 1, 2016 [Civicist]

The People’s Climate: From March to Movement —October 14, 2015 [Civicist]

The Unfinished Business of the People’s Climate March —May 20, 2015 [Civicist]

Civic Tech

Loveland’s Labor’s Lost: Detroit’s Dubious Civic Tech Champions —March 15, 2017 [Civicist]

Recharging the Brigade: Code for America’s Challenge —July 21, 2016 [Civicist]

Ferguson Coding Workshop Teaches Tech, Activism, and Community —August 12, 2015 [Civicist]

Tech & Politics

Testing Tech for Consensus in a Purple Town —March, 30, 2018 [Civicist]

What’s So Hard About Peace, Love, and Text Notifications About Upcoming Elections? —March 14, 2016 [Civicist]

Newsletter: First Post

Better Boyfriend —March 29, 2017 [Civicist]

Pathways —May 12, 2016 [Civicist]

Fishbowl —April 12, 2016 [Civicist]

Policy-Lite —August 5, 2015 [Civicist]