My World View:
I try to do as much good with the time I have on this planet as I can. I've always been drawn to the open web and data science because in a real way, it has the biggest impact in the way that people live their daily lives now. We live most of our lives on the web. We need to understand what it means to be free agents in that space.
"I shall act always so as to increase the total number of choices." Heinz von Foerster
I write often, but I don't have a fixed schedule. My general thoughts appear on Medium every few weeks, and my longer form considerations appear in Aeon every few months.
"The printing press allowed the people to read. The Internet will allow them to write." Benjamin Bayart
I was fully funded by National Institutes of Health from the age of 20. I guess they liked my algorithms. I liked getting to meet the patients I was helping in my work. And I liked traveling the world in the name of neuroscience. I did some good work in that space. My early career has put me in hacker spaces and in intelligence silos. As of 2019 I've worked in medicine, defense and in data viz for social good.
"The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work." John Ruskin
My Broader Life:
I'm a queer, Native American womxn (Eastern Band Tsalagi/Cherokee Nation). I've lived first hand what inequality means in the 21st century, and I fight to make the future brighter than it already is. I spend my spare time building up open source educational resources and working with US recognized Tribal Nations to bolster their web access and cloud-computing infrastructure. It's good work, important work. Get in touch if you'd like to help.
"The happiest people I've ever met, regardless of their profession, their social standing, or their economic status, are people that are fully engaged in the world around them. The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves. They are the people who care about others, who will extend a helping hand to someone in need or will speak up about an injustice when they see it." Wilma Mankiller, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation