While America is recovering from its first (and hopefully only) Pandemic-Halloween, citizens continue to be peppered by misinformation — something that I personally find much more frightening than D.I.Y. Joe Exotic costumes.

In my last post, we touched on the three sociotechnical impacts that are shaping the pandemic era. Here’s a brief refresher: COVID sparked a migration to remote everything, spurring an acceleration in the adoption of monetizable technologies, which indirectly widened the inequality gap as socioeconomically vulnerable populations struggle to access the requisite means to stay productive. I also mentioned, rather ominously I must admit, that this is only…


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The 2020–2021 NFL playoffs have just kicked off and I think people have finally gotten used to sports without fans. I’m not sure we can say the same about teams without names. …


A s the year comes to a close and we begin to pick up the pieces to start all over again, I thought it would be nice to reflect on how I made it across the finish line. But before I dive in — shall I compare 2020 to a summer’s day? No, I think this analogy is more appropriate…

This was a year that resembled a bad roller coaster ride at an overcrowded theme park. We waited four years in a long line just for the opportunity to ride it out. And when we finally got on, we realized…


Well… Here we are. Just a few years after Bill Gates started warning us about the impending crises facing the human race, and the globe is walloped by the Coronavirus. Thankfully, Bill doesn’t seem like the “I told you so” type and I’m sure he’d be happy to know that we’re about to engage in civil discourse about the issues. To that end, I’m interested in exploring the role that technology has played in the unfolding events of 2020. Specifically, a global pandemic accompanied by misinformation and fear; a revived civil rights movement that is long overdue; and a wave…

Nick Straughn

//Sr. PM @ Adobe //BA @ UPenn //MHCID @ UCI

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