Cautiously Optimistic

Welcome to the personal blog of David Sasaki where I test out new ideas, practice my writing, and participate in the frequently chaotic conversation that is the social web. I still believe in blogging, I still love to receive comments, and a meaningful discussion will still make my day.

About My Work

Best Of

I’ve been writing here for over a decade now. In hindsight, only a handful of those posts are still worth reading. Find them  — and many more  — on the archives page.

Still Worth Reading


Every craftsman works toward fluency with his tools. Here’s a collection of tools that go into making this website.

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Latest Posts

The Clean Slate

There is an allure to the clean slate, to starting over […]


I doubt that we’re on the cusp of a great schism between the surveilled and those that forsake the convenience of networked technologies in the pursuit of freedom. I do, however, agree with Richard Stallman that we need to define ” the maximum tolerable level of surveillance, beyond which a government becomes oppressive.”


I speak frequently about the social implications of technology and new media, especially as they relate to governance, journalism, and human rights. Please be in touch via the contact page if you would like me to speak at an event.
Past and Present Talks


The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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