Media Appearances and Articles

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In the Media

I am a frequent guest on technology podcasts and I have been written about in CNN.com, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Register, The Mary Sue, Buzzfeed, and The Daily Beast.

Articles and Blog Posts

Emotions as State Machines
July 12, 2017

Emotions can be defined as “neurological programs that require action.” This metaphor may resonate with us as programmers and provide a foundation for developing critical skills in identifying and positively expressing a rich range of emotions in healthy response to our interactions with other people in our lives.

Antisocial Coding: My Year at GitHub
July 5, 2017

I am increasingly of the opinion that in hiring me and other prominent activists, GitHub was attempting to use our names and reputations to convince the world that they took diversity, inclusivity, and social justice issues seriously. And I feel naive for having fallen for it.

Why Hackers Must Welcome Social Justice Advocates
November 28, 2015

All political movements start with an ideology. But when they are set in motion this ideology may become obscured. It is crucial that we constantly scrutinize the manifestation of our principles to ensure that the lofty goals of our ambitions are in line with our actions.

The New Normal: Codes of Conduct in 2015 and Beyond
December 16, 2015

Model View Culture

Although we can rightly celebrate the progress that we have made thus far, we must also recognize just how far we still have far to go in making this phase in our cultural evolution a success.

On Opalgate
November 30, 2015

The important question is: would you be comfortable contributing to a project in which one of the maintainers considered you delusional and whose biological essentialism brought into question your gender identity? For me personally as a transgender woman, the answer is a resounding no.

The Dehumanizing Myth of the Meritocracy
May 19, 2015

Model View Culture

Is it enough to be measured by the quality of our code alone?

Codes of Conduct: When Being Excellent is Not Enough
December 10, 2014

Model View Culture

The idea that the software industry benefits from an unwritten law of unconditional and mutual respect is an extension of meritocratic thinking: it’s as unrealistic as the meritocracy itself.