Molly Sauter

is creating essays on technology, politics, business, and culture

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Hi friends. I'm a writer and researcher. You might know me from

-my book on distributed denial of service actions in activism
-that time I told Tim O'Reilly his book was bad and he should feel bad
-or when I asked Sidewalk Labs what they actually wanted to build on Toronto's waterfront and they didn't really have an answer

I write about technology, culture, politics, and business. I care about the local contexts of markets and how tech developed in an open plan office in one sunny place unspools in another. I've written about the impacts of technology on memory, on reporting, and on democracy.

My work has been called "gorgeous [and] evocative," "a thought provoking little bomb," "a must-read," and "theoretically-informed and empirically rich." I've appeared as an expert on technology, culture, and politics on the CBC, NPR, the BBC, PRI, American Public Media, and a pile of other outlets. My writing has been published in The Atlantic, the Journal of Communication, the Case Western Reserve Law Review, Real Life Mag, Ethnography Matters, HiLow Brow, io9, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Times, the American Behavioral Scientist, and the MIT Technology Review, and in collections published by Wiley, Peter Land, and MIT Press. My research has been featured in Popular Mechanics, BoingBoing, Slate, Der Spiegel, the Christian Science Monitor, Science Friday, Salon, Contemporary Sociology, New Media and Society, PCMag, and Vice Motherboard.

Why support me here? The writing I do takes time, research, and a lot of work. It's slow analysis, not breaking news. It doesn't pay that much, or that consistently. I'm a grad student in my day job, studying the issues I write about in public. For the next year (at least), my funding situation is tenuous. I'm going to keep writing. I'm hard at work on my next book (aka my dissertation) on the political economy and cultural valences of disruptive innovation. I'm going to keep publishing, in popular and academic venues. Your support means that while I do that work, the financial pressures I'm under will be a little less.
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