Reset the Net

Here’s another reason why I’m glad to be a WordPress user as well as an Automattic employee.

While I personally feel that my internet activity is pretty boring, I also believe that the government shouldn’t have unfettered and illegal access to my information and activities – or yours either.

It’s a slippery slope, my friends, and we need to try to stop the slide now.

WordPress.com News

A year ago today, we joined the world in shock on learning that governments were spying on internet users around the world. Tapping internet service providers’ undersea cables, intentionally and secretly weakening encryption products,  surreptitiously collecting everything from call metadata to photos sent over the internet by US citizens — nothing was off limits.

Just as troubling as the revelations themselves is the fact that since last summer, little if anything has changed. Despite a lot of rhetoric, our three branches of government in the United States have not made many concrete steps toward truly protecting citizens from unchecked government surveillance.

Automattic has been a strong supporter of efforts to reform government surveillance. We’ve supported reform legislation in Congress, and participated in the Day We Fight Back, earlier this year. More importantly, we aim to make our own legal processes for securing the information our users entrust to us…

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The Magic of Meetups

One of the huge perks with my job at Automattic (to me) is the ability to travel to interesting and sometimes far-flung destinations to meet up with other Automatticians. Perhaps there's something about getting together face to face with people I interact with on a daily basis at home but don't actually see, or maybe … Continue reading The Magic of Meetups

Longreads Joins the Automattic Family

So excited to welcome Longreads to the Automattic family!

WordPress.com News

Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads, the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices.

Over the last five years, Longreads and its community have created a new ecosystem for readers to find great in-depth stories, and for writers and publishers to distribute their best work over 1,500 words. Longreads will continue to do what it does best — recommending stories from across the Internet — and we are excited to have them join the WordPress.com team and continue in their commitment to serving readers.

Mobile reading and the appetite for longform content

As consumption has moved to mobile devices, there has been a growing hunger for longform content: phones and tablets are perfect for enjoying in-depth articles, and there are more moments than ever for readers to dig into a story —…

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Can You Work Email-Free?

Yes, it is possible. Really! You can actually get your job done with little to no reliance on email. Heresy, you say? Nothing of the sort, I say. I know this because I'm living that dream. 🙂 Aside from some automated alerts, in the 7 months-ish that I've been on board at Automattic, I think … Continue reading Can You Work Email-Free?