I am a Technologist, Activist, and Writer based in Berlin, Germany and Charlottesville, Virginia. My background is in computational mathematics and research engineering. I also study far-right extremism and write often about the topic.
I am passionate about good technological citizenship and believe strongly in building an equitable internet that fosters collaboration, community, and autonomy. In this space you will find posts about math and technology, writings on politics, and whatever else I find reflects my view of the world. Thank you for stopping by.
-Emily

— latest reads —

— data engineering —

The curse of the data lake monster

My wonderful colleagues Lucy and Kiran wrote a wonderful blog post about anti-patterns in Data Lake projects.

Data Versioning

Productionizing machine learning/AI/data science is a challenge. Not only are the outputs of machine-learning algorithms often compiled artifacts that need to be incorporated into existing production services, the languages and techniques used to develop these models are usually very different than those used in building the actual service. In this post, I want to explore how the degrees of freedom in versioning machine learning systems poses a unique challenge. I'll identify four key axes on which machine learning systems have a notion of version, along with some brief recommendations for how to simplify this a bit. ...

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— currently reading —

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— projects —

Advancing Data Justice

I am an advisory board member of the Advancing Data Justice project, a collaboration between the Alan Turing Institute, the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), and individuals and communities across the globe.

Youth Equity and Sexuality Lab

I advise the Youth Equity and Sexuality Lab at Suffolk University, a research lab focused on promoting positive adolescent and young adult sexuality development; preventing sexual violence; and fighting fascism, cis-hetero-patriarchy, and white supremacy.

HowHateSleeps

A study of the daily lives of violent far-right actors using court records to peer inside their living spaces.

whentheycamedown

A people’s history of the removal of statues honoring racists, slave owners, and colonizers, largely during the Uprising in the Summer of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd.

I am an advisory board member of The Prosecution Project, a data-driven project studying the patterns of prosecution of extremism, terrorism, and political violence.

The opinions shared on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization listed above.

— key technologies —

python

Comfortable with many architectures and frameworks.

PostgreSQL

Can optimize and operate for complex workloads.

Apache Airflow

Can build complex dags and optimize workflows, familiar with metadata model.

Azure

I can set up most services with IaC and understand the basic concepts to a practical degree.

AZ-900 Certificate 2021

neo4j

Familiar with basic operations, data models, and Cypher syntax.
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— languages —

English

American, Mother Tongue

Deutsch

Can engage in daily conversation.

B2 Zertifikat 2022 (Goethe Institut)

Español

Lapsed

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