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The Drop Times

Articles I wrote covering the tech conference of the open-source software and content manager 'Drupal'. 2% of the world's websites are made with Drupal. The Drop Times is one of the only publications exclusively covering Drupal news. 

For a software to be open-source means that it is created by the public, owned by none, and free to use, modify, change, and redistribute. For many of the people who choose open source, as opposed to proprietary software, it deeply engrained in a belief system of how this philosophy can help humanity. It was the nature of these beliefs that I covered in my stories. 

June 27th, 2023

“As we charge forth with zeal toward a seeming ‘promised land,’ one must remember the impacts of the world they are creating.”

I spoke with DrupalCon Keynote Speake, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, the esteemed digital scholar and one of Silicon Valley’s biggest critics, about the dangers presented by technology today and the responsibilities web designers have to our society. 

Noble is the recipient of the NAACP-Archwell Digital Civil Rights Award, is recognized as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and is the author of the best selling book "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism".

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June 9th, 2023

A profile from my conversation with Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, and a sort of celebrity among this community. It was a very interesting conversation and received great traction among The Drop Times Audience.

 

The article was the most widely read in the website's history. On LinkedIn (The Drop Times' main social platform) it received 8,319 impressions, 499 clicks-to-article, 138 positive reactions (likes, etc.), reposts, and directly brought 11 new followers to The Drop Times page.

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June 21st, 2023

Elliott Mower, Head of Product at Mediacurrent, gave a really interesting presentation on why User Personas, a way of categorizing consumers based on their demographics, may be an outdated and ineffective way to understand your consumer in today’s society... 

In understanding this, I felt that we may be able to reflect critically on a larger concept of not judging someone based solely on their statistical attributes. 

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June 7th, 2023

A fascinating conversation with Fei Lauren, a scrum master at Renaissance Electronics, on the values of neurodiverse workers in the tech industry, as well as misconceptions and best practices for creating an advantageous workplace for people who think differently. I have worked extensively with neurodiverse children, so this was a topic that I care greatly about.

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June 12th, 2023

Coverage of Lullabot -- one of Drupal's largest contributors -- and their presentation on how they transitioned their business into a 100% employee-owned model. I was attracted to this session as alternative business models and employee-ownership are something I think is a very legitimate possibility in many businesses, and could change the net-motivation of many workers. 

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June 7th, 2023

A session summary from Kevin Quillen, a Drupal Expert and Principal Developer at Velir, on the potential uses for ChatGPT and other Open-AI products in developing Drupal.

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June 14th, 2023

A summary of a presentation and conversation with Mathias Bolt-Lesniak on the big impact of open-source and how it could benefit the world at large. 

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June 6th, 2023

An article for all the conference-attendees visiting Pittsburgh for the first time to let them know where some of my favorite places in the city are!

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