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Liz Fong-Jones
Works at Google
Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lives in Somerville, MA
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Site Reliability Engineer
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  • Google
    Senior Site Reliability Engineer, 2014 - present
  • Google
    Senior Software Engineer (part-time), 2012 - 2013
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    TA (6.035/Sp2012, 6.172/Fa2012), LA (6.042/Sp2012), UROP (Su2012), 2012 - 2012
  • Google
    Senior Site Reliability Engineer, 2011 - 2012
  • Google
    Site Reliability Engineer, 2008 - 2011
  • Three Rings Design
    Technical Operations Manager, 2005 - 2007
  • College Preparatory Mathematics
    Systems Administrator, 2003 - 2005
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Somerville, MA
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Oakland, CA - Pasadena, CA - Santa Clara, CA
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I make your intertubes work (or more specifically, bits and pieces of Google). Also a feminist, trans rights advocate, disability rights ally, social justice activist, and occasionally a sex-positive blogger and poster of vegan food porn. Veteran of the #nymwars.

Obligatory disclaimer: opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

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Bragging rights
Dropped out of Caltech. To work at Google.
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Course 6-3, 2012 - 2013
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Special Student (Course 6), 2010 - 2011
  • California Institute of Technology
    Bio/CS, 2005 - 2008
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Elizabeth Fong, Zhen Fong, Lizthegrey

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PSA: when someone tells you that no, she doesn't want you to pet her animal and turns away and pointedly looks back at her book rather than continuing the conversation, it's probably a good idea to not continue following her onto the train and harassing her with further questions and comments about her animal and making kissy noises to get the animal's attention.

That was a scary Red Line ride :/
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Wow, talk about total disrespect for boundaries.
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Quite possibly one of the most hilarious pieces of music I've heard in quite some time. h/t +Joseph Wu 
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+Dan Boger There have certainly been typewriters with Arabic fonts, but not necessarily with the motion appropriately reversed, e.g.: ARABIC TYPEWRITER STOCK FOOTAGE (YouTube)
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I am really thankful for how tolerant of a dog +Misty the Samoyed is, having just squeezed her through a rush hour bus commute involving at least a dozen people with their feet inches from her tail, nose, face, and body trying to maintain balance or stepping past us. Nary a single movement from her nor a single peep. Couldn't take her to work on transit if she weren't so impeccably well behaved.
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+Seth Holmes Main issue is detecting & alerting on atonia (somewhat like a seizure dog), though some other things would be helpful (psych support, physical support to stand etc when weak).
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My very first patent issued today!
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Congrats, Liz! While I do agree that software shouldn't be patentable, I understand that it currently is, and that I'd rather someone like yourself to hold that patent than some crazy closed mega-corp that would just use it to patent troll. GRATZ!
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This is huge.  Google is finally able to publish information about the number and scope of the FISA (secret intelligence court) subpoenas received.  The takeaway:  it's massively fewer subpoenas and accounts involved than many people suspected.

There are caveats.  Google is required to delay reporting by six months and required to only report information in bands of 1,000.  But it's massively better than nothing.  

The world, but especially US citizens, have a right to know what kind of surveillance their government is authorizing.  It has been cool to see companies like Google push for this kind of openness.  Reform is a long time coming and this is only the beginning.  Baby steps.
We believe the public deserves to know the full extent to which governments request user information from Google. That’s why for the past four years we’ve shared and continuously expanded and updated information about governm...
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Patent number two.
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Congratulations!
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Last bit of me smugging about graduating, at least until Commencement in June.

Dear Liz Fong-Jones,

Congratulations!!

You have officially been awarded your degree on February 19, 2014.

Regards,

[snip]
Assistant Registrar
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I'm imagining graduation cupcakes. :-)
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Undergrad Audit in Course 6 3 -- All General Institute Requirements
Complete.
Complete: 17.0 GIR subjects (17 req'd) plus 222 units beyond GIRs (180 req'd)
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Congrats!!
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Nothing like a snow emergency in Somerville to make me want to slap YouParkLikeAnAsshole.com violation notices on peoples' cars. Seriously, the number of people who park directly in the center  of where two cars should be parked is absurd, and makes it even harder to find parking when half of the available parking spaces evaporate due to the snow emergency. I must have passed a dozen parking spots that I couldn't use because some jerk parked smack dab in the middle. :(
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Jeez, who drives in Somerville?
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