Here is a sampling of my reporting and research writing to date.

Foreign Policy 

Consumer Drones are Propaganda Tools, Not Killing Machines – August 2018

Drones Don’t Wear Uniforms. They Should – May 2018


In the Race for Our Skies, a New Drone Testing Program Just Gave a Big Boost to Big Business – June 2018

Merry Drone Crashmas – January 2018

The U.S. Military Shouldn’t Use Commercial Drones (For Now) – August 2017

A Civics Lesson for Facebook – August 2017

In the Age of Trump, We Need to Protect Map Databases – May 2017

Shooting Down Drones Isn’t Funny or Brave – September 2016

How to Fly a Drone Without Being a Jerk – May 2016

Guarding Machu Picchu – Slate – Aug 24, 2015

Who Cares about Amazon Prime Air? – Slate – July 20th, 2015

Drones to the Rescue – Slate – June 15th

How Drones Can Help Nepal Recover From the Earthquake – Slate – April 28th

Flight Pattern – The FAA is Confused About What Constitutes Commercial Drone Use – Slate – March 19th

Man Who Crashed Drone on White House Lawn Won’t Be Charged – Slate – March 18th

How to Travel With a Drone Without International Incident – Slate – Feb 23rd

42 Percent of Americans are Wrong About Drones – Feb 12

Thailand is Cracking Down on Drones – Feb 5th

New America

DRONES AND AERIAL OBSERVATION: New Technologies for Property Rights, Human Rights, and Global Development – July 22nd, 2015 

World Politics Review

Above and Beyond: Humanitarian Uses of Drones – Sept 22, 2015

Roads and Kingdoms

It’s a Weird World After All – Oct 5, 2015

Make Magazine

Don’t Be a Drone Jerk – July 31, 2015

Time Magazine

When Technology Helps Us Become More Human – April 3, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle

Gender gap: Men getting paid more than women in Silicon Valley – Feb 7th, 2014

Entrepreneurs and hobbyists position Bay Area near the forefront of a drone revolution – Jan 17, 2014

Early Care Key in Fight Against Diabetes – Nov 25, 2013

The Peninsula Press

Vietnamese and Cambodian Buddhist places of worship illustrate Bay Area’s diversity – Dec 12, 2013

Yelp losses narrow amid international expansion – Feb 5th, 2014


Social Media Use Drives Youth Involvement in Cambodian Elections – July 31, 2013

Debate over Role of the Internet in Developing Burma – June 26, 2013

As The Internet Raises Civic Voices in Cambodia, a Struggle Brews Over Net Control – March 27, 2013


Cambodian Opposition Leaders Won’t Accept Election Results – July 29, 2013

War Correspondents Gather to Unveil Memorial to Fallen Colleagues in Cambodia – Feb 6, 2013

Cambodia Sends Off King Father Norodom Sihanouk in Fiery Ceremony – Feb 4, 2013

Yangon Welcomes the Historic Arrival of President Obama – Nov 19, 2012

Asian Bloggers Discuss Internet Freedom in Cambodia – Nov 4, 2012

A Friday in Cambodia: Greenwood Takes over @GlobalPost – Nov 1, 2012

Memes of the Past: Gaffes and Missteps Throughout History – Oct 26, 2012

Nastiest Invasive Species – August 23, 2012

Midwest Drought: What Dying Corn in Iowa Means for the US Presidential Election – August 17, 2012

Mutant Butterflies? What Radioactive Insects Mean for Everyone Else – August 15, 2012

Deadly Sandwiches: Remarkably Dangerous Lunchtimes Throughout History – August 1, 2012

Wikimania, World Wikipedia Conference, Draws Free Information Fans from 87 Countries – July 16, 2012

Cambodia Evictions Continue Unchecked – Jan 22, 2012 

Tulane Magazine

UN Dispatch

UN Rapporteur Takes Hard Line on Aid Agencies Expulsion from Burma – April 11, 2014

UN Rapporteur Takes Hard Line on Aid Agencies Expulsion from Burma – See more at: http://www.undispatch.com/un-rapporteur-takes-hard-line-on-aid-agencies-expulsion-from-burma#sthash.9goc7ess.dpuf
UN Rapporteur Takes Hard Line on Aid Agencies Expulsion from Burma – See more at: http://www.undispatch.com/un-rapporteur-takes-hard-line-on-aid-agencies-expulsion-from-burma#sthash.9goc7ess.dpuf

Will Investors Stop Burma’s Backslide? – April 9th, 2014

Thailand’s Woes – Feb 25th, 2014

Don’t Expect a Cambodian “Spring” – Feb 19th, 2014

What You Need to Know About Protests in Thailand – Jan 16th, 2014

How Anti-Vietnamese Racism is Fueling Politics in Cambodia – Jan 13, 2014

Nine Stories That Will Drive the Global Agenda in 2014 – Dec 26, 2013

The Eight Stages of Genocide Against Burma’s Rohingya – June 26, 2013

Crackdown on Bloggers in Vietnam – Jan 15, 2013

Southeast Asia Since Obama’s Visit: Still Much Unrest – Dec 7, 2012

#Censorship Fail: 5 Government Attempts to Stop Social Media…That Backfired – May 22, 2012

Damed Nations: A Hydroelectric Project in Laos May Fuel Strife in Southeast Asia -April 26, 2012

Thailand’s Terrorism Problem – April 2, 2012

Making India a Safer Place for Women – March 22, 2012 

Thailand Bombing Vs Thai Tourism Industry – Feb 21, 2012

Why Victims of a Cambodian Land Grab are Protesting Outside the US Embassy – Jan 6, 2012

India’s Own “Great Firewall”? – Dec 16, 2011 

Khmer Rouge: Never Too Long to Wait for Justice – Nov 22, 2011

No Penance From Khmer Rouge War Crimes Defendants – Nov 25, 2011

Southeast Asia Globe



The Darjeeling Limited – Feb 2, 2012

Cambodia Daily

Searching for a Public Voice, Politicians Sign Up to Facebook – Oct 18, 2011

Cambodia to Catch ‘Dengue Fever’ Again in 2011 – Cambodia Daily, Oct 10, 2011

Technology Experts Discuss Technology’s Role in Free Speech – Cambodia Daily, Sep 19, 2011

City Hall Seeks Fire Extinguishers to Prevent Blazes – Cambodia Daily, Sep 14, 2011

Cruise Ship Arrivals Dip 31% in First Half – Cambodia Daily, Sep 1, 2011

Russian Navy to Make First Visit in Two Decades – Cambodia Daily, Aug 31, 2011

New 24-Hour Traffic Police Base to Be Built in Phnom Penh – Cambodia Daily, Aug 19, 2011

Nagacorp Net Profits Jump 118% in First Half – Cambodia Daily, Aug 12, 2011

Cambodian Bloggers Contemplate Their Place in Social Media World – Cambodia Daily, Jul 31, 2011

Dispatches Reveal Cambodia Helped North Korean Refugees – Cambodia Daily, Jul 20, 2011

Voice of America

Observers Call Cambodian Spring Unlikely – August 2012


Flores Travel Guide and E-Book – April/June 2013 

A Weekend in Can Tho – Feb 17, 2013

Elephant Riding in Cambodia – Should You? – August 12, 2012

Sen Monorom and Mondulkiri, Cambodia – Regional Guide – May 2012

Getting Your Motorbike Stolen in Phnom Penh – Feb 21, 2012

The Faster Times

The Love Boat: Cambodian-Russian Diplomacy – Faster Times

Cambodian Bridge Stampede: An Eyewitness Account – Faster Times

Acid Attacks: A Cambodian Curse, Too – Faster Times

Vann Nath, Famous Survivor of Torture Prison, Dies at 66 – Faster Times

Does New Marriage Law Protect – Or Patronize – Cambodia’s Women? – Faster Times

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  1. Dear Faine

    I like much of what you say. I was wondering about the Stanford University mention on your Twitter. as I saw you tweeted about Somaly Mam there this week, no doubt hoping to attract more supporters. I also comment on the propriety issue as raised again in the CambodiaDaily report, but in the context that donors really do encourage an environment for such excesses. I see the US$1m award just a few weeks ago – that is the equivalent of the entire annual operating costs of the major Human Rights NGO LICADHO, and look what they do with that!

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