Reboot is a publication and community reimagining techno-optimism for a better collective future.
Technologists have long imagined their work in a vacuum. Hurry up, it’s time to build! they proclaim, moving fast and breaking plenty along the way.
Rather than hacking away at half-baked solutions, we aim to redefine what “success” in tech means altogether. At Reboot, we believe:
Technology is part of a system. We analyze tech in the context of the institutions and ideologies it shapes and is shaped by.
Technologists should also be thinkers, writers, and advocates. Democracy thrives when we all have the courage to state the future we want to live in.
Optimism is an action, not a belief. We’re neither accelerationists nor Luddites: we are agents chipping away at a better world.
To that end, here’s what we’re building:
Newsletter: Every week, we share a book review, interview, or essay by a Reboot community member—check out the full post archives here.
Magazine: We publish Kernel, an annual print magazine featuring original art and writing on topics from web3 to whistleblowers to ecology to open-source.
Events: Every month, we host live Q&As with authors of the best new books on technology and society. Audience participation is welcome!
Community: We run an annual student fellowship, in-person meetups, book clubs, and more. Fill this out to join our Discord community.
Reboot is led by a core leadership team comprised of Jasmine Sun (director, cofounder), Jessica Dai (editor-in-chief, cofounder), Emily Liu (Kernel editor-in-chief), Matthew Sun (Kernel digital director, fellowship director), Ivan Zhao (fellowship co-director), Lucas Gelfond (fellowship co-director), and Jake Gaughan (events director).
We operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit run by an ever-growing team of volunteer contributors, and supported by a community of thousands of students, educators, writers, engineers, historians, activists, and scientists.
Some notes from our lovely readers and community members: