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Amy Widdowson

When she’s not fighting for the Oxford Comma, Amy writes and speaks around the Bay Area, and probably talks louder than you.

Amy Widdowson Has 6 Posts

Anti-immigrant ads at Bay Area BART stations are just parroting Trump in D.C.

In the last month or so, trolling ads aimed at tech workers have been posted in San Francisco’s underground stations. Through stark black, red and white type, the signs inform “U.S. tech workers” that their foreign-labor-hiring employers view them as “expensive, undeserving and expendable.” This huge “us-vs-them” ad buy, paid for by the anti-immigrant group […]

Posted on April 4, 2018

We’re in the (Transportation) Future: When Great Minds Meet the Road

Last week, while driving on the Bay Bridge into San Francisco, I passed my first self-driving car in the wild. At first, I paid no notice, as the contraption resembled the Google Maps cars so familiar to our region. But on closer inspection while stuck in traffic, I noticed the 360 degree cameras, wiring, and […]

Posted on October 13, 2016

Humans and the Code They Create

It’s elementary: you can get the code out of the human, but you can’t get the human out of the code. If you ask some, the software sky is falling. According to naysaying observers, the Bay Area is winding down its 7+ year boom, and supposedly meritocratic technologies that don’t discriminate and claim to solve […]

Posted on June 20, 2016

Political Commentary in the Age of Vulgarity

This week, the Associated Press released guidelines for the use of words not commonly found crossing newswires. This in response to politicians recently using formerly-verboten words in public events, forcing the news service to instruct reporters on how best to navigate these so-called vulgarities.  For those who live under a rock – and believe me, […]

Posted on March 10, 2016

The Evolving Politics of Airbnb and Beyond

It should go without saying that every local policy discussion is unique. No algorithm – at least that I’ve heard of – can solely help organizations navigate the opportunities and challenges of local policy discussions at the ground level. But much like case law can set precedent in the legal world, it is helpful to […]

Posted on November 12, 2015

Campaign lessons from pot legalization efforts

Last week, BuzzFeed delved into Sean Parker, Napster founder and early Facebook investor, and his recent investments in marijuana-related startups and political organizations. Known to many for his multi-billion dollar net worth, his lawsuit loss to the the Recording Industry of America and his $600 million Foundation, Parker has engaged in the “complex and messy […]

Posted on October 15, 2015
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