janeruffino

Recovering archaeologist and CMO of @loopfiftyfour. Tech columnist for @sundaybusiness Cake enabler. Startup witch. Radio slacker. Puppy superfan.


What I Worry About When I Worry About STEM

Are we training our future employees, or are we educating our present and future citizens?


My first year as a university tutor in archaeology, I had a student who was a retired engineer. A month into term, he complained that the course was too hard. He’d spent his whole life knowing — not believing, but…


Sorry, Mark Twain, your account has been suspended

Why everyone should be worried about Facebook’s “real names” policy


The future of technology: hoverbikes, oppression, and you

Why internet freedom isn’t about the internet


Very internet woman. Wow. 

Online misogyny is just regular misogyny


I’ve been part of online communities since 1994, and, as far as I know, yesterday was the only…


You’re no snowflake

Mock-meritocracy and Ireland’s tech boom


Last week, a job-hunting friend sent me a LinkedIn job ad. It started “If you have come here looking for a ‘job job’ you are on the wrong page.” We’re told that what silly plebs know as a ‘job’ is no longer what ‘truly talented people aspire to’. The company isn’t offering a super-job, packed with perks and…


If you see something, smash something

Leveling the glass obstacle course


There’s been a lot of heartening talk lately about about changing the ratio in tech…


What I Worry About When I Worry About STEM

Are we training our future employees, or are we educating our present and future citizens?


My first year as a university tutor in archaeology, I had a student who was a retired engineer. A month into term, he complained that the course was too hard. He’d spent his whole life knowing — not believing, but…