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Alexandra Samuel

Technology writer, researcher and speaker

Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:35:28 +0000


Telling tales about my autistic son

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:04:39 +0000

Introducing The Peanut Diaries: dedicated to sharing the experience of raising our gifted, autistic son.

An open letter to the police officer who helped my autistic son

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 06:20:39 +0000

I was sitting on the sidewalk when I suddenly realized you were standing over me. Well, not directly on the sidewalk: I was sitting on top of my kicking, screaming, 10-year-old son. I thank heaven that you were the police officer who came to the scene. We were on Burrard Street, in the heart of […]

Now on JSTOR: A Novel Defense of the Internet

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:51:26 +0000

Like the Internet, the novel was once viewed as a colossal waste of time. My post for JSTOR Daily looks at how fiction became respectable -- and how the Internet can, too.

How people feel about sharing a name online

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:45:22 +0000

Thanks to the Internet, more and more of us have digital doubles: people who share our name, and may often be confused with us. I try to keep track of all the other people out there named “Alexandra Samuel”, and yet I also feel vaguely uncomfortable with the fact that they exist. What is it about […]

LinkCraft: Your guide to the LinkedIn/Minecraft merger

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:27:48 +0000

Gaming juggernaut Mojang, best known for its Minecraft platform, will acquire social network LinkedIn, technology outlets reported today. The acquisition was undertaken by Microsoft, an umbrella holding company that is largely unknown to most Minecraft users. The acquisition heralds a new era of intergenerational online conversation, which in recent years has been stymied by the […]

Kids’ Screen Time is a Feminist Issue

Tue, 03 May 2016 20:30:03 +0000

The cultural panic over kids and screen time has never made sense to me. In my latest JSTOR post, I dig into feminist history for analogies to the current anxiety about kids and technology, and discover there's plenty of precedent.

How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg

Mon, 02 May 2016 17:04:27 +0000

Investors and tech geeks love to talk about “unicorns”: tech startups that are worth $1 billion or more. Incredibly, many of these dazzling success stories, like Facebook and Snapchat, have been launched by people in their early twenties. Other multi-million-dollar startups are regularly created by high school and college students. So why not help your […]

TV for every occasion: shows for family viewing, multitasking and more

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:31:52 +0000

The problem with the golden age of TV is that with so many choices, it’s hard to know what to watch. This guide and cheat sheet helps you choose the right shows for four different occasions: dedicated viewing, multitasking, working out and family viewing.

Where to find the best shows

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:24:19 +0000

Where to find my favorite shows via streaming or download.

How to tone down your tech

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:18:07 +0000

If you're looking for a little online sanity, there are better options than a digital fast. My first post for the Headspace blog shares five great alternatives.

Peak link: What I learned about Facebook’s algorithm from looking at my 4,632 posts

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:18:31 +0000

Ever since Facebook changed its algorithm, it seems a lot harder to get likes, shares and comments on links to my own original publications. I analyzed 9 years' worth of my Facebook data to figure out what changed, and what it means for content creators.

How to raise a white hat hacker

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:39:25 +0000

Today in the Christian Science Monitor's Passcode, I look at what it takes to turn a curious, tech-minded kid into an ethical hacker.

The Social Cost of Bad Online Marketing

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:26:29 +0000

How online marketing is breaking the Internet -- and how we can do better.

A Robot By Any Other Name

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:19:59 +0000

What the research on artificial intelligence tells us about why and how we humanize the devices in our lives.

Is Video Game Addiction a “Boy” Problem?

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 23:36:44 +0000

Do boys have more trouble separating from video games than girls? It turns out that there's now a solid body of research to draw on in answering that question.