My name is Daniel Kao.

Software Developer at The New York Times, Blogger, Drummer, Global Wanderer, and Lifelong Autodidact.

Digital Disobedience - How the Internet is Redefining Media and Politics Around the World

Drastic changes in technology and media are heavily influencing the pace and nature of change in our modern political establishment, increasing global uncertainty as more citizens are empowered to take action through digital tools and the internet.

January 2018


Curiously, I asked my cousin a question over lunch in Taipei, wrestling with pieces of my identity as an American-born Taiwanese. “Is it obvious to people that I’m not from here?”

October 2017

Taiwan: A Tragedy of US Foreign Policy

Little was reported in western media a few weeks ago as Lee Ming-Che (李明哲), “pled guilty” in a Chinese trial in which allegations were that he had written articles “intended to subvert the state’s power.”

July 2017

What is Digital Privacy Worth?

The foundation of modern day product development process known as design thinking starts with a question: “What is the problem that users are trying to solve, and how can my product be useful and meaningful to users in solving that particular challenge?”

March 2017

Scaling and Securing WordPress

WordPress is used by 27% of all the websites on the internet. Despite this, WordPress has some security considerations and does not scale well out of the box.

November 2016

Identity Politics is a Disservice to Identity

There’s no doubt that the events of 2016 have once again exposed the deep differences that make us uniquely American. Looking back through the historical events that have made the United States the country it is today, I can’t help but wonder when we will learn from our mistakes.

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