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Sarah Granger
Sarah Granger is an award-winning digital media innovator and author of The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life -- Online and Off. Her work focuses on issues central to how information technology and digital media impact or lives and our world.

Sarah's articles and essays have been published in numerous publications around the world in multiple languages. Her publishing credits include The San Francisco Chronicle online at, Forbes, Air & Space Power Journal, Spectrum magazine, BlogHer, Boing Boing, and Harvard Business Review. She is also known for directing the launch of what Wired News called the “first true weblog to be put up by a politician” in 2003.

Sarah has spent more than 25 years launching, building and growing IT, Internet and social ventures, starting with a bulletin board system she published online at age fourteen. She has trained hundreds of leaders in digital media, including working as a political strategist and volunteer. In 2012, she was named one of the 40 Under 40 rising leaders by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

A frequent media commentator, she has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS, RT, ABC and NPR. She has been a keynote speaker, panelist and facilitator internationally, including South by Southwest Interactive, Startup Women - Russia, Tech Policy Summit, California Leadership Forum, MINK WIC, Exceptional Women in Publishing, TechCamp and Netroots Nation.

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Entries by Sarah Granger

Hillary Clinton's Tech Agenda Addresses Key Industry Weaknesses of Diversity, Pipeline

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 2:24 PM

Hillary Clinton introduced an aggressive tech innovation agenda early this week intended to continue the Obama administration's legacy of progress in government technology, open data, computer science education, research and development, tech jobs, broadband infrastructure, internet governance, privacy protection, and cybersecurity. Widely cited as a "Silicon Valley wish...

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State Department's TechCamps Provide Strategic Digital Tools for Journalists, NGOs

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 9:45 PM

I first visited the quaint Eastern European city of Riga, Latvia in the summer of 1989. Nestled between the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Estonia, Latvia represented the second stop in our People to People delegation of Kansas high school students touring the USSR. After a grim few days...

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How the Celebrity Photo Hack Affects the Rest of Us

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:15 PM

You never know when it could happen to you. This past weekend, the Internet should have been full of beach and BBQ photos, but instead it erupted into a heated debate over what looks like a highly organized online attack on female celebrities and their personal privacy. The media and...

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Rethinking Thought Leadership to Cut Through the Digital Clutter

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 2:45 PM

Twenty years ago, the term 'thought leader' began its journey into modern vernacular. Since its introduction into business language, the term has been lauded, mocked and overused, gradually morphing into a new concept that is now employed in a variety of ways inside and outside of the business...

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President Takes Aim at Cybersecurity Through Executive Order

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 5:05 PM

Just a few hours before the State of the Union address, President Obama signed an executive order authorizing new policies to protect U.S. critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Following several failed attempts by Congress to legislation in this area, the president addressed the important issue of "repeated intrusions into critical infrastructure." During...

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Honoring Caregivers in Our Lives Throughout the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2012 | 1:21 PM

Last year was my grandmother's final Thanksgiving. She died in the spring of 2012 at the age of 98. Her cinnamon rolls will forever be a part of Thanksgiving memories for me for the rest of my life, as will her kindness and all of the hard work she put...

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Top 10 Tools for Campaigning Online in 2012

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 6:34 PM

After working for a decade in the area of campaigning online, I've had the opportunity to observe the evolution of many tools and techniques used at varying degrees of success at all levels, from local to national. The 2012 election of course heralds the latest and greatest of mobile technology...

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It's Not Just About Jobs, Says White House's Jarrett

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 7:54 PM

In the wake of President Obama's major jobs address to the joint session of Congress, the president and key members of the administration have been speaking around the country to convey the importance of the American Jobs Act. Obama's trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, traveled to San Francisco...

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Automating 'We the People': New White House Initiative for Citizen Petitions

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 10:14 PM

The Obama Administration has been working on ways to use the web for engaging the people in policy discussions since before the president took office. Not an easy task, they have been criticized from several angles for their various efforts at crowd sourcing ideas from citizens. Still, their efforts have...

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Open for Government: San Francisco Mayoral Candidates to Debate Tech and Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 10:08 AM

San Francisco has been a leading city in efforts to open government through technology, data sharing and new media over the past few years, including their version of at, providing detailed information sets about parking, crime, housing, environmental issues and more. It has spawned...

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White House Unveils Global Cyberspace and Cybersecurity Policies

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 5:11 PM

The next Osama bin Laden may not be one bearded man hiding in a walled fortress but instead a group of highly skilled, faceless men behind computers. Cyberterrorism, while still largely science fiction, lurks around the corner as growing accounts of logic bombs in U.S. networks and cases of software...

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Trump Autographed Copy Of Obama Birth Certificate For Auction Online

(39) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 2:17 PM

Katie Jacobs Stanton didn't get a job at the White House by being shy. So when the opportunity to meet Donald Trump at Saturday's annual White House Correspondents Dinner came up, she hatched a plan: to find him and get his autograph on a copy of President Obama's long form...

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Authenticity in Politics: Splat-Crunch vs. Crunch-Splat

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 7:40 PM

Each time campaign season heats up, the public is on alert. They say most people vote more on character, perception, or gut feeling, i.e. who they like, than based on facts, experience, policy ideas, or other more wonky stuff. As one who's been on the outside and inside of campaigns...

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On Becoming Fearless and Making an Impact Through Technical Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 2:22 AM

Innovation, leadership, social impact. These three areas were the foci of the annual Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Awards May 12th in Santa Clara, California. Three women took the stage to receive awards in each of these areas, and each is highly deserving in achievement - not...

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59 Million More Reasons Why We Need Campaign Finance Reform

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 3:33 AM

Layne Gray isn't your typical investigative journalist. Philanthropist and founder of Vivanista, her mission is to empower women to be better fundraisers, organizers and volunteers. Yet when she poked around, she discovered that billionaire Meg Whitman may not be walking her talk with her foundation. While...

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Practical Strategies for Breaking Gender Barriers in Government Using Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 11:08 PM

Sunday I sat down with a small group at the Government 2.0 Camp LA to pow-wow about how to get more women involved in the movement that has many names: e-government, open government, government transparency, and finally government 2.0. While the conference took on many forms, one of...

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Politicians Vs. Olympians: What It Takes To Be The Best

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2009 | 8:42 AM

The 2010 Winter Olympics commence in nearly two months, and the 2010 election is just under a year away. Recently, I've been contemplating the parallels between the two, particularly regarding what political candidates and Olympic athletes must endure on their quests through qualifying events and life long endeavors. Both...

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Can Twitter Break Through the Great Firewall of China?

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 2:59 AM

As President Obama spoke at an unprecedented Town Hall in China, he fielded questions from students in the room and from submissions sent online, opening up on his thoughts on everything from terrorism to what it takes to affect global change. One question stood above the others in its meaning...

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A Sad Day for Californians: Gavin Newsom's Withdrawl from the Race for Governor

(23) Comments | Posted October 30, 2009 | 9:51 PM

I moved to California in 1995. Within a few months, I was versed in some of the problems in the state, such as homelessness in Berkeley, tight budgets in the University of California system, and soaring real estate prices vs. rent control problems.

One day, I was driving across...

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Cybersecurity - A Dark Horse in the National Race for Resources

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 2:37 AM

For a while now, cybersecurity has been a buzzword used in hopes of making national computer network security sound sexy, but there's been little legislative backbone behind measures to support federal departmental efforts. The position touted as Cybersecurity Czar has been fraught with problems in both the recent Bush administration...

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