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Leaning Out: How Online Dads Raise Kids Offline

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Are you the kind of dad who only knows his kid through Facebook? Should your kid even be on Facebook? Men, especially in technology, are taught to work hard, define ourselves by our careers, and eagerly embrace new technologies. But that may not be the best way to be a dad. For dads who aren't douches, or at least don't want to be, finding the right balance can be extremely hard. There's been a lot of discussion about how women can balance work and families, this panel will take a look from the other side of the gender gap, with a uniquely male perspective. In short, you need to lean back, bro.



Alexis Madrigal

Sr Editor

The Atlantic

Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor with The Atlantic, a co-founder of Longshot magazine, and a dad.


Clara Jeffery


Mother Jones

Clara Jeffery is co-editor of Mother Jones, where, together with Monika Bauerlein, she has spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by the addition of now 13-person Washington bureau, an overhaul of the organization's digital strategy and a 15-fold growth of traffic, and the winning of two National Magazine Awards for general excellence. When Jeffery her co-editor received a PEN award for editing in 2012, the judges noted that Mother Jones "has been transformed from what was a respected—if under-the-radar—indie publication to an internationally recognized, powerhouse general-interest periodical influencing everything from the gun-control debate to presidential campaigns. In addition to their success on the print side, Jeffery and Bauerlein’s relentless attention to detail, boundless curiosity and embrace of complex subjects are also reflected on the magazine’s increasingly influential website, whose writers and reporters often put more well-known and deep-pocketed news divisions to shame. Before joining the staff of Mother Jones, Jeffery was a senior editor of Harper's magazine. Fourteen pieces that she personally edited have been finalists for National Magazine Awards, in the categories of essay, profile, reporting, public interest, feature, and fiction. Works she edited have also been selected to appear in various editions of Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Science Writing. Clara cut her journalistic teeth at Washington City Paper, where she wrote and edited political, investigative, and narrative features, and was a columnist. Jeffery is a graduate of Carleton College and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She resides in the Mission District of San Francisco with her partner Chris Baum and their son, Milo. Their burrito joint of choice is El Metate.


Mat Honan

Sr Writer


WIRED Senior Writer Mat Honan has his pulse on all things digital and social, expertly reporting on the business and cultural impact of technology and the giants of industry. Honan has become a beacon and leading voice in online privacy and security reform and spurred Amazon, Apple, Paypal, and AOL a to change their account authentication procedures. In 2009, his WIRED cover story as a human node in a location-aware world was named Best Innovation Journalism Story of the Year by Stanford University. He has extensive media experience with national appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Dateline and Nightly News, CNBC’s Squawk Box and Street Signs, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, Bloomberg TV, NPR, PBS and more. Honan also co-founded the 2010 Knight-Batten award-winning Longshot magazine, and his work has appeared in The Awl, Gizmodo, Macworld, Mother Jones, The National Journal, Popular Science, Salon, and many more.

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