This is Ben Turner’s blog. It used to be private because of several reasons: crazy exes, I used to be in military intel and got in trouble while in Iraq for blogging about helping people and doing good things, and I couldn’t write honestly about certain people if I know they’ll be whining about how unfair it is to be written about (instead of, you know, addressing the issue).
I’m trying this again — to be public — and am hoping for the best.
I used to (and still do sometimes) daytrade, design web sites, and translate Arabic and collect intelligence in the US Army as a paratrooper. I just finished my master’s program as a grad student at Georgetown in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, rated #1 by Foreign Policy magazine. I studied international development, tech policy, and social business entrepreneurship. I was a junior Yahoo!/Institute for the Study of Diplomacy fellow for 2008-2009, and my research topic was openness and closedness in online social networking in the US and BRIC countries.
I am going to build a web startup, Galapag.us.
Most of my stuff online can be found through my FriendFeed at
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