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How Seattle Can Save America

Faces were sullen and comments were hard to come by as the parade of tech executives shuffled up to 25th floor of Trump Tower for their summit with the president-elect. Like most who live and work in America’s innovation hubs like Seattle, Silicon Valley and Boston, they were blindsided by the results of the 2016 […]

Posted on January 3, 2017

Americans Love Tech, But Expect it to Kill Jobs

SurveyMonkey’s Jon Cohen shared some of the surprising data we found in our post-election “Tech in The Age of Trump” research on American attitudes toward the tech industry, the economy, globalization, and the president elect. Despite incredible support for value the technology industry current provides to Americans and the economy, the research exposed some concerns […]

Posted on November 29, 2016

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

Why Clinton (and all women politicians) need to be paranoid

If there’s one insight I learned from 17 years as a journalist covering politics in Washington, it’s that it pays to be paranoid if you’re a female politician. That paranoia is often masked by their political skills and ability to stay “on message.” Many reporters I worked with often assumed that women politicians’ canned quotes […]

Posted on September 22, 2016

America, Stop Listening to Pundits

There is no way that Donald Trump can be the Republican nominee, because wonder-boy prognosticator Nate Silver said it wouldn’t happen. And Princeton professor Samuel Wang – dubbed by the media a “poor man’s Nate Silver” – deemed it so impossible that “If he’s on either position of the Republican ticket, I’ll eat a bug. […]

Posted on August 3, 2016

Next Stop for Your Data: Ireland

That big sucking sound is your data going overseas. That’s the clear implication of a federal court’s ruling this week that the federal government cannot enforce search warrants for data held overseas. In a first, Microsoft sued two years ago challenging the authority of federal prosecutors to compel the company to turn over a customer’s […]

Posted on July 14, 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

Confessions of a Hillary Clinton Supporter

As a proud supporter of Hillary Clinton, I have to confess that I’ve spent the better part of the last 6 months a bit baffled by the twin candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Who would support those clowns, I’d say. They’re living in a different world. Their plans (assuming they have any) have […]

Posted on February 24, 2016

If Trump Wins

In 1980, as Ronald Reagan was cruising to the GOP nomination, former President Gerald Ford contemplated jumping into the race, because it was unfathomable to him that the country would elect someone as conservative as Reagan. “Every place I go, and everything I hear, there is a growing, growing sentiment that Governor Reagan cannot win […]

Posted on January 14, 2016
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