04 Jun New blog! Prospect: Tech on Forbes.com
Exciting news! The editors of ForbesWoman approached me about contributing a regular column to their site, which is part of the larger Forbes.com network of content. It’s called “Prospect: Tech” and I’ll be covering all my usual beats: technology, activism, politics and, of course, women. It feels kind of like Bizarro world when someone like Forbes contracts a person like me, and I’m really thrilled to have this platform.
My first post is up: “How Internet Rage Is Making Tech Culture a Better Place.” Here’s an excerpt:
It was a banner weekend for gender-washing on the Internet. First up: anÂ otherwise decent articleÂ in theÂ New YorkÂ TimesÂ on Ellen Paoâ€™s discrimination suit â€” a lawsuit thatâ€™s threatening to shake up Silicon Valley bro culture, thankfully â€” started out by erasing womenâ€™s contributions to the birth of the Internet. â€œMen invented the Internet.â€ Line 1, paragraph 1.Â Men.
But the Internet and its consciousness are smarter than the averageÂ Timesarticle, and whenÂ Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing bloggedÂ about this gaffe, and thenÂ sharedÂ that post on Twitter, she was inundated with responses documenting womenâ€™s contributions to both creating the Internet and computing in general.