the Week of January 13, 2014
Group of women around a computer.

In our first issue, we discuss the connection between Facebook and NSA surveillance, explore network dynamics in London’s Tech City, and investigate identity as labor in startup culture. We analyze the search for the next Zuckerberg, challenge monolithic approaches to social justice in tech, and examine the link between online harassment and platform features. Plus, an open letter to marginalized people beginning their careers, Q&A with Ada Developers Academy, a political cartoon about VC funding, and a look at the role of critique in our community.

Mark Zuckerberg was Time's 2010 Person of the Year.

The Problem With the Zuckerberg Analogy for Youth of Color

The Zuckerberg analogy avoids the looming issue of systemic discrimination.

Early Facebook Profile of the Author

The Male Gazed

Surveillance, Power, and Gender

Thumbnail of a cartoon on founder risk that says 'white male founders' with arrows emerging from it.

Founder Risk

When money flows from white male VCs to white male founders, then down to white male employees, what kinds of risks are really involved?

Tweet that reads 'I asked people who had reported harassment or assault to their employer to tell me what happened after. 23 of 25 were fired within 3 months.' by user ashedryden.

We Need Critique in Tech

Many see the critiques of tech culture and get defensive, not realizing this is a compassionate act.

Critical text on panopticism is relevant to the discussion of the relationship between today's tech employers and their employees.

Tech Workers, Political Speech and Economic Threat

How tech companies claim employees’ identities and speech through direct economic coercion.

Women Who Hack Group.

Dear Marginalized People Coming Into Tech

Experiences, Thoughts and Advice From Experienced Technologists

London Anti Street Harassment Campaign.

Another Six Weeks: Muting vs. Blocking and the Wolf Whistles of the Internet

Engaging users who are directly impacted by harassment must be central to any platform’s efforts at combating abuse.

The Stars of Tech City Billboard

Brokering Diversity in London’s Tech City

A magical all-white startup scene is not the TechCity that I know.

Students working at Ada Developers Academy.

Interview: Ada Developers Academy

Model View Culture talks with Elise Worthy, co-founder of Seattle's new software development school for women.