I am the Director of Global Technology Strategy at Internews, and I have over two decades of experience in using technology for social change that spans the public, private, non-profit, and social enterprise sectors. I am a co-author of the SAFETAG organizational security risk assessment framework.
Prior to Internews, I was the technology strategist at Ashoka, where I co-led platform development for the Changemakers platform for sourcing and accelerating social innovations, where I also bridged project goals and community needs with long term strategic needs to manage the development of the platform.
Before that, I directed the technology program at YSA and has consulted for NGOs on technology, knowledge management, and business process issues in Nicaragua and Venezuela as well as many in the United States. From 2002 to 2004, I served in the Peace Corps, where he worked with the Jamaican Ministry of Education on open source and educational technology and training projects.
I first worked with digital security tools in the late 90s as a core team member of eCertain, a startup that was an early mover in building secure messaging that balanced end-to-end security with HIPPA compliance and data recovery. I learned way too much about security, and accidentally helped found and run the first few DefCon CoffeeWars.
From 2002 to 2004, I served in the Peace Corps, where he worked with the Jamaican Ministry of Education on open source and educational technology and training projects. These projects included training over 3,000 teachers in basic technology and Internet skills, as well as repurposing an early "LiveCD" running Linux to distribute interactive educational tools and an offline version of the Ministry's website for rural schools. While in the Peace Corps, I also independently created support systems for fellow volunteers and their organizations. Two projects which continued after his term was over were a resource CD and a volunteer intranet. The resource CD was a self-contained training and software repository for school labs and NGOs across the island that provided free and open source alternatives and walked users through basic digital hygiene needs to recover infected systems. The volunteer intranet was a hybrid website and SMS group messaging platform enabling rapid dissemination of information among the volunteers and Peace Corps staff via email and SMS lists.
I have a Master's degree in International Science and Technology Policy from GWU's Center for International Science and Technology Policy at the Elliott School, where I focused on the applications of IT in international and/or community/educational development. My undergrad is from the University of Texas' Plan II Honors Program, with minors in Spanish, Philosophy, and Science, Technology and Society (STS).
I have writing available at FastCoDesign/FastCompany and am a former editor of OLPC News.com, which tracks the One Laptop per Child project. One of my articles on the cost of the OLPC got included in Linux.com and