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Alexandra Samuel

Technology writer, researcher and speaker

Last Build Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:19:13 +0000


To Fix Fake News, Look to Yellow Journalism

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:25:40 +0000

Some writers have not hesitated to indict the entire newspaper business-or profession-on such charges as deliberate suppression of certain kinds of news, distortion of news actually published, studied unfairness toward certain classes, political organizations and social movements, systematic catering to powerful groups of advertisers, brazen and vicious “faking,” and reckless disregard of decency, proportion and […]

How to Use Online Games and Activities to Connect to Grandchildren

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:19:04 +0000

This feature for The Wall Street Journal spells out the way online activities like Minecraft, social media and geocaching can bridge the generational divide.

Worried about surveillance under Trump?

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:59:30 +0000

What do activists, journalists and plain old-fashioned citizens need to know about online privacy in the Trump era?

Resistance is futile: A success story

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:16:32 +0000

Sometimes success looks like a little boy sobbing his eyes out. This success story begins yesterday morning, when Peanut showed up at school in his Halloween costume: a Borg cube. For those of you who aren’t Star Trek fans, let me explain that the Borg are a race of terrifying cyborgs. They travel across the galaxy, […]

In The Orange Dot: Is my kid addicted to tech or am I just old?

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:49:13 +0000

Even adults can get obsessed with their social media analytics. So what do you do when your kids start measuring their every online move.

Rock Bottom

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:18:21 +0000

When we finally pulled Peanut out of public school at the end of Grade 2, I thought we’d reached rock bottom. We had a 7-year-old with a basket of diagnoses and labels: anxiety, ADHD, sensory processing issues, tic disorder, fine motor lags and a 99.99th percentile IQ. (It would be another two years before a […]

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've lived in fear of the day when I'd need police assistance with my autistic son. But when that day came, it brought a beautiful surprise.

An Ode to the Underappreciated Spreadsheet

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:00:51 +0000

Learn how to use them, and you'll use them for everything.

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

We love to second-guess moms who allow their kids too much screen time. But look back at the history of labour-saving innovations, and it's clear we don't like any invention that makes mothers' lives easier.

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.