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Alexandra Samuel

Alexandra Samuel is a technology writer, researcher and speaker. She is the author of Work Smarter with Social Media (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015), and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal. Alex holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. You can find her on Twitter as @awsamuel and on her own site, alexandrasamuel.com.

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Freeing Your New Year’s Resolutions from “False Hope Syndrome”

We have migrated the New Year’s resolution onto the Internet, without stopping to ask how the digital context changes its power or impact.
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Full Disclosure: Why We Say Too Much When We Write Online

The internet is an emotional vampire. Scroll through your latest social network updates—or the headlines on Medium and ...
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To Fix Fake News, Look To Yellow Journalism

Fake news has plenty of precedents in the history of mass media, and particularly, in the history of American journalism.
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Navigating Traumatic Events Online

We need to approach our online conversations with an awareness of the different levels of risk and vulnerability each of us bring.
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How To Wrap Your Head Around Even The Most Complex Subjects

A 2x2 matrix is a great way of mapping just about any idea, research topic, or set of observations on two dimensions.
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Making Sense of Social Gaming

What do social gaming habits reveal about the lives of those playing?
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Inventing Rituals for the Digital World

How do we recognize our digital milestones?
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How To Live With Internet Trolls

We need to start thinking about how to live with internet trolls even while we look for ways to reduce or eliminating trolling. 
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A Labor Day Look at the Future of Work

If computers endanger the hard-won gains of the labor movement, do we need a new way of addressing tech-driven income inequality?
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6 Digital Work Habits Every Student (and Adult) Needs

These digital study habits are relatively simple and sustainable, and work for students and parents alike.
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A Novel Defense of the Internet

Novel reading was once regarded as an idle occupation, just as Internet use is now.
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Mapping the Future with Pokémon Go

Is Pokémon Go is preparing us for a world without cartography?
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Self-Regulation in a Stressed-Out, Online World

Do our computers, gadgets and online activities necessarily cause stress—or is the internet a place where we can find ways to relieve our stress?

How To Live With Your Digital Doppelgängers

Digital Doppelgängers may share your name, but you can still claim your own digital identity.

Embracing Your Inner Cyborg

Cyborgs might be closer in the future than you think.

Why the Future of the Internet May Depend on the History of Abortion

Our columnist's take on the future of the Internet and the importance of grassroots networks.
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The Internet’s Baby Pictures, 25 Years After the Birth of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee set up HTML (hypertext markup language) and HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol) twenty-five years ago today.
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Happy Mother’s Day: Kids’ Screen Time is a Feminist Issue

Portable electronics like smartphones and tablets are indispensable tools for mothers and caregivers. Why do we shame them for allowing kids screen time?
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A Robot By Any Other Name

What happens when our AI is part of the family? Our tech blogger on how naming and talking to our devices changes our relationship to technology itself.
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Is Video Game Addiction a “Boy” Problem?

There are some girls who get really into video gaming, but it seems like it’s far more frequently an issue for little boys.
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Teachers Against Trolls: How to Prepare Kids for Online Conflict

We need to look beyond technology and consider social solutions to engage and disagree constructively online.
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How @realDonaldTrump Won the Anxiety Voter

Donald Trump’s evil genius lies in using the unique capacities of online communication to fuel and ignite anxiety, fueling authoritarian sentiments.
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How to Find Hope in Dystopian Fiction

It’s crucial that we use dystopias to inspire social and technological innovation.
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The Digital Voyage: What to Pack

For technologies that were supposed to make our lives easier, our phones, computers and networks sure cause a ...