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What Is an Honorable Response to Israel/Gaza?

(7) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 2:52 PM

In 1968, Walter Cronkite did the unthinkable. After visiting Vietnam to assess the state of the war in light of the Tet Offensive, he produced documentary coverage of the situation. And then, to the shock of many, he concluded with his opinion. In an era in which reporters never stated...

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San Francisco's Invisible Class War

(18) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:06 PM

This post was first published on Medium.

In 2003, I was living in San Francisco and working at a startup when I overheard a colleague of mine -- a self-identified libertarian -- spout off about "the homeless problem." I don't remember exactly what he said, but I'm sure...

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What Anti-Trafficking Advocates Can Learn From Sex Workers: The Dynamics of Choice, Circumstance, and Coercion

(93) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 7:31 PM


For the last year I've been trying to get my head around different aspects of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of minors. I've been meeting with a variety of relevant actors, including...

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The Power of Youth: How Invisible Children Orchestrated Kony 2012

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 5:47 PM

To many people unfamiliar with Invisible Children, the Kony 2012 campaign looked like a brilliant example of "viral" media spread. The center of the campaign is a compelling 30-minute film where a father talks to his son about the evil practices of the Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony....

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Stop the Cycle of Bullying

(28) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 10:50 PM

On 22 September 2010, the wallet of Tyler Clementi - a gay freshman at Rutgers University - was found on the George Washington Bridge; his body was found in the Hudson River the following week. His roommate, Dharun Ravi, was charged with 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy, bias...

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Teen Password Sharing: How Parents Normalized It

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 6:29 AM

In 2005, I started asking teenagers about their password habits. My original set of questions focused on teens' attitudes about giving their password to their parents, but I quickly became enamored with teens' stories of sharing passwords with friends and significant others. So I was ecstatic when Pew Internet...

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Why Parents Help Tweens Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule

(86) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 12:23 AM

"At what age should I let my child join Facebook?" This is a question that countless parents have asked my collaborators and me. Often, it's followed by the following: "I know that 13 is the minimum age to join Facebook, but is it really so bad that my...

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How Censoring Craigslist Helps Pimps, Child Traffickers and Other Abusive Scumbags

(316) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 8:14 PM

For the last 12 years, I've dedicated immense amounts of time, money and energy to end violence against women and children. As a victim of violence myself, I'm deeply committed to destroying any institution or individual leveraging the sex-power matrix that results in child trafficking, nonconsensual prostitution, domestic violence and...

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