For BuzzFeed Hack Week this year, a week in which all of BuzzFeed Tech puts down their day-to-day responsibilities to work on a project of their choosing, I took a computer networking class through Udacity. BuzzFeed Hack Week is not limited to “hacking” or building a project using code, design software, etc., but can also be an exploration into a topic you might want to learn about. Below is what I learned.

How does the internet work? How does it actually transmit information from one side of the world to another? How does it know where information is coming from…


On Thursday March 30th, the Women in Tech group at BuzzFeed hosted a happy hour for women software engineers, product managers, project managers, designers, product support and IT team members, together responsible for maintaining the smooth operation of our internal technology tools, BuzzFeed’s website and apps, and social media sites. …


Welcome to tech.buzzfeed.com ! We are very excited to be using this platform to share experiences and discoveries with you as we continue building BuzzFeed’s media platform.

Our engineers employ a lean, iterative development process where we integrate and deploy code often. We build for scale and support millions of users. We work closely with other teams within Tech including Product, Design, and Infrastructure to deliver our products — this type of collaboration is key to our success.

Our designers ensure our website, mobile apps and internal tools are as simple to use as they are beautiful to look at…


Should APIs Be Protected Under Copyright Law?

Copyright law traces its origins to the invention of the printing press during the Holy Roman Empire (circa 1440), and became a legal concept in the early 18th century when printing monopolies were of concern. In 1709, the British Statute of Anne, more popularly known as the Copyright Act of 1709, barred “Printers, Booksellers, and other Persons” from printing “Books, and other Writings, without the Consent of the Authors… to their very great Detriment, and too often to the Ruin of them and their Families.” The Statue gave authors the right to profit…


Three weeks ago, I left a comfortable job in the social finance sector to enter a profession that requires more quantitative, spatial, and logical thinking than has ever been required of me — and it is thrilling. Though two months ago I did not comprehend commands to “iterate through an array” or “define a method,” amongst many others, today I feel more capable of creating simple working applications, troubleshooting technical issues, and speaking knowledgeably to others about the intricacies of writing good code. The most challenging aspect of this journey for me has been understanding how methods, files, gems, and…

Angie Ramirez

Software Engineer @Livepeer. Previously @BuzzFeed @Yale. Traveler. Writer. Thinker.

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