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Micah Sifry99,499Designing for Online Civic Engagement2014-09-03 17:13:5917  
Micah Sifry99,499A informal conversation with @107005398806406366201 of SeeClickFix, @109987969444545716388 of PopVox and @112881234385349473044 of the MIT Center for Civic Media.Designing for Online Civic Engagement2014-09-03 17:00:0040  
The White House3,147,498Join President Obama as he "travels" across the country in a virtual whistle-stop tour. The President will join Google+ Hangouts with people across the United States and talk with Americans about the issues laid out in his speech. RSVP now to watch the live Hangout on Friday, January 31. Watch the full video of the State of the Union and learn more about all the ways you can engage with us at http://WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU. #POTUSRoadTripA Virtual Road Trip with President Obama2014-01-31 20:00:0013475  
The White House3,147,498Update: Watch the full Hangout here and stay tune for upcoming We the Geeks events: http://youtu.be/7MdtV2TRtC8 The White House is kicking off #WeTheGeeks , a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the U.S. Our first hangout includes an extraordinary panel of innovators from around the country who will discuss the elements of an "all hands on deck" effort to pursue Grand Challenges. Tune in today at 2pm ET: http://at.wh.gov/l4lUD #hangouts   #hangoutsonair  We the Geeks: Grand Challenges2013-05-16 20:00:00498  

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2016-02-09 15:40:57 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

If you are also a +Google user, this security check is worth doing. https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount?pli=1 #SaferInternetDay

Most reshares: 4

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2015-12-28 00:45:54 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

If our elected leaders -- or presidential candidates -- don't start defending the right of the people to be secure in their persons and papers in the digital age, China's action shows that authoritarian governments can and clearly will use irresponsible rhetoric to justify restrictions on the speech, security and privacy of their citizens.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-anti-terror-law-encryption_56801192e4b014efe0d86ed0?6b1hh0k9

Most plusones: 28

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2016-01-23 15:13:56 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Good morning! President Obama has authorized the National Guard to deploy new winter gear to respond to the blizzard here in DC.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2818775/From-Darth-Vader-riding-tram-Boba-Fett-taking-selfie-Artist-s-incredible-impressions-Star-Wars-everyday-life.html

[PHOTO CREDIT: Thomas Dagg]

#snowpocalypse #jonas #dcblizzard #snowtoriousbig
#joke

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2016-02-11 17:43:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

New research from the Pew Research Center on online dating: http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/02/11/15-percent-of-american-adults-have-used-online-dating-sites-or-mobile-dating-apps/

Pew Internet found 15% of American adults have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps, up from 12%. Use has tripled since 2013 in people aged 18-24 (think of mobile millennials swiping left or right on Tinder)) and doubled among seniors (Boomers discovered it works.)

One takeaway: stigma of online dating has decreased as mainstream use increased among seniors & mobile millennials. As more American adults have used online dating, positive opinion has grown. 80% of Americans adults who've done it told Pew online dating is a good way to meet people.

You'll see notable differences in attitudes remain between those who have used these websites and apps and those who have not in... more »

New research from the Pew Research Center on online dating: http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/02/11/15-percent-of-american-adults-have-used-online-dating-sites-or-mobile-dating-apps/

Pew Internet found 15% of American adults have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps, up from 12%. Use has tripled since 2013 in people aged 18-24 (think of mobile millennials swiping left or right on Tinder)) and doubled among seniors (Boomers discovered it works.)

One takeaway: stigma of online dating has decreased as mainstream use increased among seniors & mobile millennials. As more American adults have used online dating, positive opinion has grown. 80% of Americans adults who've done it told Pew online dating is a good way to meet people.

You'll see notable differences in attitudes remain between those who have used these websites and apps and those who have not in the figure I've included here.

What HASN'T changed since 2013? ~32% of American adults agree that online dating keeps people from settling down. That's held constant.

Conclusion: Our relationship with digital dating remains complicated, & will remain so. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dating-apps-vanity-fair-data_us_55ccf3e9e4b064d5910ae171


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2016-02-09 19:20:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Excellent questions on open government for candidates running for Congress or for President. http://www.openthegovernment.org/node/5116 Odds that any are asked by a moderator in a debate: low. 

Excellent questions on open government for candidates running for Congress or for President. http://www.openthegovernment.org/node/5116 Odds that any are asked by a moderator in a debate: low. ___

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2016-02-09 15:40:57 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

If you are also a +Google user, this security check is worth doing. https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount?pli=1 #SaferInternetDay

If you are also a +Google user, this security check is worth doing. https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount?pli=1 #SaferInternetDay___

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2016-02-09 14:44:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The White House Cybersecurity National Action Plan:
✔️creates US CISO
✔️funds OSS
✔pushes MFA
✔️Privacy Council
◻️endorses encryption

That aside, hard to say what the next President will do differently on this front. Ideas?

The White House Cybersecurity National Action Plan:
✔️creates US CISO
✔️funds OSS
✔pushes MFA
✔️Privacy Council
◻️endorses encryption

That aside, hard to say what the next President will do differently on this front. Ideas?___

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2016-02-08 17:09:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

India adopted Net Neutrality rules that ban zero rating: http://www.trai.gov.in/WriteReadData/WhatsNew/Documents/Regulation_Data_Service.pdf -- including Facebook's "Free Basics."

HT Web Foundation:
http://webfoundation.org/2016/02/worlds-biggest-democracy-bans-zero-rating/

India adopted Net Neutrality rules that ban zero rating: http://www.trai.gov.in/WriteReadData/WhatsNew/Documents/Regulation_Data_Service.pdf -- including Facebook's "Free Basics."

HT Web Foundation:
http://webfoundation.org/2016/02/worlds-biggest-democracy-bans-zero-rating/___

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2016-02-06 23:12:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Perfect day for hiking & birding at Jug Bay Sanctuary: http://www.jugbay.org/ Saw a towhee, woodpeckers, gulls, a raptor, sparrows, a nuthatch, chickadees, blackbirds, & a great blue heron. Evidence of a beaver, too, but no critter.

Perfect day for hiking & birding at Jug Bay Sanctuary: http://www.jugbay.org/ Saw a towhee, woodpeckers, gulls, a raptor, sparrows, a nuthatch, chickadees, blackbirds, & a great blue heron. Evidence of a beaver, too, but no critter.___

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2016-02-03 19:24:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Appears that Amazon will open more physical stores: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/03/technology/amazon-is-said-to-be-planning-an-expansion-into-retail-bookstores.html Apple showed how "clicks & mortar" can work; TBD how Amazon does.

Appears that Amazon will open more physical stores: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/03/technology/amazon-is-said-to-be-planning-an-expansion-into-retail-bookstores.html Apple showed how "clicks & mortar" can work; TBD how Amazon does.___

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2016-02-02 23:17:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Short, to-the-point debunking.

Researchers explain the "satellite" data that Cruz and others insist on misinterpreting and misusing. ___Short, to-the-point debunking.

2016-02-02 17:21:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

I thought that Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina & Ted Cruz had the most awkward domain problems:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bush-campaign-makes-a-digital-campaign-mistake-from-last-century_us_5665efe0e4b08e945ff070bc

The newest contender may take the crown: http://loser.com

I thought that Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina & Ted Cruz had the most awkward domain problems:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bush-campaign-makes-a-digital-campaign-mistake-from-last-century_us_5665efe0e4b08e945ff070bc

The newest contender may take the crown: http://loser.com___

2016-02-02 17:03:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Great read by Andrew R. Schrock: https://medium.com/@aschrock/why-do-we-talk-about-cities-as-laboratories-c3d70ff7244f

I was surprised, however, that he didn't reference Justice Brandeis, who famously described states as "laboratories of democracy." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laboratories_of_democracy


Great read by Andrew R. Schrock: https://medium.com/@aschrock/why-do-we-talk-about-cities-as-laboratories-c3d70ff7244f

I was surprised, however, that he didn't reference Justice Brandeis, who famously described states as "laboratories of democracy." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laboratories_of_democracy
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2016-02-02 16:41:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I remember when publications trashed the Baby Boomers. And then I remember when media trashed Generation X, my cohort. And now it's the turn of the "millennials." There's a cycle here, and it's rarely grounded in a lot of evidence.

Ignore the moral panic about lazy, self-obsessed, materialistic millennials___I remember when publications trashed the Baby Boomers. And then I remember when media trashed Generation X, my cohort. And now it's the turn of the "millennials." There's a cycle here, and it's rarely grounded in a lot of evidence.

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2016-02-02 16:38:17 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Worth reading.

This whole case is nonsense from top to bottom. Even presuming the worst, there has never been a prosecution of a cabinet-level official or congressperson for disclosure of classified information. This is for several reasons:

(1) Unauthorized disclosure of classified information, in the general case, is not a crime.

This is somewhat surprising to most people, but there is no general statute penalizing civilians for disclosing classified information. The closest statute which exists is 18 USC 641, which punishes the unauthorized retention of classified materials, and 18 USC 952, which punishes the (apparently verbatim) illegal transmission of a diplomatic code or material prepared in that code.

All other statutes which punish officials for mishandling classified officials have a strict scienter requirement: to violate the statute, official must intend to harm the interests of the United States or have a reasonable belief that those interests will be harmed.

https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/R41404.pdf

(2) Executive branch policy has long allowed non-declassifying disclosures of classified information.

This comes as no surprise to anyone who has worked in intelligence, Congress, or national security journalism, but officials release classified information all the time. They don't declassify information, but they do release it.

"But that's not what the law says," you might object. This sends us back to the scienter requirement. Here's what the Congressional Research Service thinks about the probability that a presidential appointee could be prosecuted for disclosing classified information:

If in fact a case can be made that a senior official has made or authorized the disclosure of classified information, successful prosecution under current laws may be impossible because the scienter requirement (i.e., guilty state of mind) is not likely to be met. The Espionage Act of 1917, for example, requires proof that the discloser has the intent or reason to believe the information will be used against the United States or to the benefit of a foreign nation; [...] courts tend to show deference to the government with respect to the sensitivity of whatever classified information was released. [....] In the event the disclosure was made or authorized by a person who has the authority to make such determinations, it would seem likely that court deference would result in acquittal absent some overwhelming proof of ill intent.

Can you plausibly hit the "overwhelming proof of ill intent" standard here? Especially in the context of executing government policy?

https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RS21900.pdf

(3) High-level diplomats need to disclose classified information.

And obviously, considering the nature of their job, they need to disclose it to foreign government officials. Consider the following real-life examples of conversations which SecState might have had recently:

Pakistani Ambassador: The NWPF government is telling us that drone strikes have killed five children in Waziristan.

SecState: We have credible intelligence that the compound we hit was being used by the Haqqani network.

Or perhaps:

French Ambassador: We have deep concerns that the NSA's BANANAGLEE program is spying on French nationals, and are having difficulty reauthorizing agency-to-agency contacts between DGSE and CIA.

SecState: That code name describes a technique, not an intercept program.

These disclosures do not, and cannot, declassify. But they are routine, and because they are routine, any disclosure of that type would likely prevent the scienter requirement from coming into effect.

(4) Prosecutorial discretion rests with the executive.

You'll note that the law on this subject is not particularly well-developed. This is because presidents are not in the business of prosecuting agency appointees for disclosing classified information in the process of running their agency.

This seems like a double standard -- until you realize that the entire reason that classification exists is to prevent members of the bureaucracy or foreign agents from undermining the policies of the executive branch. ___Worth reading.

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2016-02-02 16:36:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The US & EU reached an agreement on data sharing. Regulators still must approve, & lawsuits will follow.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/03/technology/us-europe-safe-harbor-data-deal.html

The US & EU reached an agreement on data sharing. Regulators still must approve, & lawsuits will follow.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/03/technology/us-europe-safe-harbor-data-deal.html___

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2016-02-01 17:46:50 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

It's 61F & sunny, so I made the most of it computing al fresco today. Rain clouds are rolling in now, but this was glorious spring weather on February 1st while it lasted.

It's 61F & sunny, so I made the most of it computing al fresco today. Rain clouds are rolling in now, but this was glorious spring weather on February 1st while it lasted.___

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2016-02-01 16:25:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Today's Google Doodle honors abolitionist Frederick Douglas & links to Google's Cultural Institute: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/black-history-and-culture 

Today's Google Doodle honors abolitionist Frederick Douglas & links to Google's Cultural Institute: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/black-history-and-culture ___

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2016-02-01 15:09:11 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Interested in social media & journalism? The National Press Club just completed a 5-part podcast on the topic, with the last episode in the series featuring Sree Sreenivasan & some other guy you might know. http://www.press.org/news-multimedia/audio/social-media-series-part-5-why-some-companies-have-failed 

Interested in social media & journalism? The National Press Club just completed a 5-part podcast on the topic, with the last episode in the series featuring Sree Sreenivasan & some other guy you might know. http://www.press.org/news-multimedia/audio/social-media-series-part-5-why-some-companies-have-failed ___

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2016-01-23 15:13:56 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Good morning! President Obama has authorized the National Guard to deploy new winter gear to respond to the blizzard here in DC.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2818775/From-Darth-Vader-riding-tram-Boba-Fett-taking-selfie-Artist-s-incredible-impressions-Star-Wars-everyday-life.html

[PHOTO CREDIT: Thomas Dagg]

#snowpocalypse #jonas #dcblizzard #snowtoriousbig
#joke

Good morning! President Obama has authorized the National Guard to deploy new winter gear to respond to the blizzard here in DC.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2818775/From-Darth-Vader-riding-tram-Boba-Fett-taking-selfie-Artist-s-incredible-impressions-Star-Wars-everyday-life.html

[PHOTO CREDIT: Thomas Dagg]

#snowpocalypse #jonas #dcblizzard #snowtoriousbig
#joke___

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2016-01-21 23:07:40 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Today's fortune: "*Hope for the best, plan for the worst*." http://www.wunderground.com/news/winter-storm-jonas-mid-atlantic-impacts #DCBlizzard prep: done. 🍌🍞☕️🍍🍷🍼🌬☃


Today's fortune: "*Hope for the best, plan for the worst*." http://www.wunderground.com/news/winter-storm-jonas-mid-atlantic-impacts #DCBlizzard prep: done. 🍌🍞☕️🍍🍷🍼🌬☃
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2016-01-20 19:27:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

FOIA REFORM IN CONGRESS!

In 3 minutes, I'll be moderating a discussion on Freedom of Information Reform in Congress. Panel: Nate Jones, Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project for the National Security Archive,
Lisette Garcia, founder of the FOIA Resource Center, and Jesse Franzblau, a policy Associate for OpenTheGovernment.org.

Dial in to 641.715.3580 Code: 739-522 and follow along at #FOIAintel on Twitter.

Context for our discussion here: http://e-pluribusunum.org/2016/01/11/new-freedom-of-information-act-reform-bill-introduced-in-congress/#update

FOIA REFORM IN CONGRESS!

In 3 minutes, I'll be moderating a discussion on Freedom of Information Reform in Congress. Panel: Nate Jones, Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project for the National Security Archive,
Lisette Garcia, founder of the FOIA Resource Center, and Jesse Franzblau, a policy Associate for OpenTheGovernment.org.

Dial in to 641.715.3580 Code: 739-522 and follow along at #FOIAintel on Twitter.

Context for our discussion here: http://e-pluribusunum.org/2016/01/11/new-freedom-of-information-act-reform-bill-introduced-in-congress/#update___

2016-01-13 15:15:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Professional news: I'm no longer an AOL employee. I left The Huffington Post on good terms & am thinking through my next steps. Ideas welcome. :)

Professional news: I'm no longer an AOL employee. I left The Huffington Post on good terms & am thinking through my next steps. Ideas welcome. :)___

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2016-01-11 18:40:00 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

There was context missing from coverage of proposed FOIA reforms in Congress. So, I wrote this up:
http://e-pluribusunum.org/2016/01/11/new-freedom-of-information-act-reform-bill-introduced-in-congress/

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will once again weigh reforming the Freedom of Information Act to improve how the most important open government law of the United States is honored.

There was context missing from coverage of proposed FOIA reforms in Congress. So, I wrote this up:
http://e-pluribusunum.org/2016/01/11/new-freedom-of-information-act-reform-bill-introduced-in-congress/

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will once again weigh reforming the Freedom of Information Act to improve how the most important open government law of the United States is honored.___

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2016-01-11 18:35:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

There was context missing from coverage of proposed FOIA reforms in Congress. So, I wrote this up:
http://e-pluribusunum.org/2016/01/11/new-freedom-of-information-act-reform-bill-introduced-in-congress/



There was context missing from coverage of proposed FOIA reforms in Congress. So, I wrote this up:
http://e-pluribusunum.org/2016/01/11/new-freedom-of-information-act-reform-bill-introduced-in-congress/

___

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2016-01-11 15:29:45 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

The final song on David Bowie's final album is "I can't give everything away." A valediction in memorium.

The final song on David Bowie's final album is "I can't give everything away." A valediction in memorium.___

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2016-01-10 22:27:55 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

We enjoyed a day of birding along the wetlands on the Anacostia River today during the "January thaw," which would normally be a respite from the cold. http://www.nps.gov/keaq/

We spotted dozens of geese, ducks & gulls. Notable finds: a woodpecker, a Great Blue heron and a bald eagle. 

We enjoyed a day of birding along the wetlands on the Anacostia River today during the "January thaw," which would normally be a respite from the cold. http://www.nps.gov/keaq/

We spotted dozens of geese, ducks & gulls. Notable finds: a woodpecker, a Great Blue heron and a bald eagle. ___

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2015-12-31 18:47:14 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

How data visualization can save lives:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-is-how-visualizing-open-data-can-help-save-lives_56781c17e4b014efe0d5fd59?cje5ewmi

Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and researchers to better inform the public.

Los Angeles, for example, has analyzed data about injuries and deaths on its streets and published it online. Now people can check its conclusions and understand why LA's public department prioritizes certain intersections.

The impact from these kinds of investments can lead directly to saving lives and preventing injuries. The work is part of a broader effort around the world to make cities safer.

How data visualization can save lives:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-is-how-visualizing-open-data-can-help-save-lives_56781c17e4b014efe0d5fd59?cje5ewmi

Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and researchers to better inform the public.

Los Angeles, for example, has analyzed data about injuries and deaths on its streets and published it online. Now people can check its conclusions and understand why LA's public department prioritizes certain intersections.

The impact from these kinds of investments can lead directly to saving lives and preventing injuries. The work is part of a broader effort around the world to make cities safer.___

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2015-12-31 18:46:55 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

How data visualization can save lives:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-is-how-visualizing-open-data-can-help-save-lives_56781c17e4b014efe0d5fd59?cje5ewmi

Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and researchers to better inform the public.

Los Angeles, for example, has analyzed data about injuries and deaths on its streets and published it online. Now people can check its conclusions and understand why LA's public department prioritizes certain intersections.

The impact from these kinds of investments can lead directly to saving lives and preventing injuries. The work is part of a broader effort around the world to make cities safer.

How data visualization can save lives:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-is-how-visualizing-open-data-can-help-save-lives_56781c17e4b014efe0d5fd59?cje5ewmi

Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and researchers to better inform the public.

Los Angeles, for example, has analyzed data about injuries and deaths on its streets and published it online. Now people can check its conclusions and understand why LA's public department prioritizes certain intersections.

The impact from these kinds of investments can lead directly to saving lives and preventing injuries. The work is part of a broader effort around the world to make cities safer.___

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2015-12-30 18:21:25 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

[NEW] 2015 in tech: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-changed-in-tech-in-2015_5683f42ce4b014efe0d9ac1c The more technology changes, the more we can see when our societies stay the same 

[NEW] 2015 in tech: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-changed-in-tech-in-2015_5683f42ce4b014efe0d9ac1c The more technology changes, the more we can see when our societies stay the same ___

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2015-12-29 20:48:29 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Reactions to this story show the public has not been adequately informed about the voter data available to campaigns http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/voter-data-leak-online_56818512e4b014efe0d8de3d

Reactions to this story show the public has not been adequately informed about the voter data available to campaigns http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/voter-data-leak-online_56818512e4b014efe0d8de3d___

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2015-12-29 00:10:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Maybe your voting information wants to be free, too.


Maybe your voting information wants to be free, too.
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2015-12-28 14:31:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

NEW from me: A look at the City of Albuquerque and digital government:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/albuquerque-mayor-richard-berry_5679a299e4b0b958f658429e

"We've gone just beyond doing data dumps," Mayor Richard Berry told me. "We were a real leader earlier in this movement, and the reason we were a leader is not because I walked up as a mayor but because I've got smart people who work with the city. They were just looking for somebody to cut them loose and do this work. All of the kudos go to our staff and IT people. They're being nationally recognized now, so I've had a lot of fun watching them blossom, taking their expertise and putting it to good work for the citizens. It's not just data dumps; we're trying to put it into a dashboard format. "

NEW from me: A look at the City of Albuquerque and digital government:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/albuquerque-mayor-richard-berry_5679a299e4b0b958f658429e

"We've gone just beyond doing data dumps," Mayor Richard Berry told me. "We were a real leader earlier in this movement, and the reason we were a leader is not because I walked up as a mayor but because I've got smart people who work with the city. They were just looking for somebody to cut them loose and do this work. All of the kudos go to our staff and IT people. They're being nationally recognized now, so I've had a lot of fun watching them blossom, taking their expertise and putting it to good work for the citizens. It's not just data dumps; we're trying to put it into a dashboard format. "___

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2015-12-28 14:30:54 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

NEW from me: A look at the City of Albuquerque and digital government:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/albuquerque-mayor-richard-berry_5679a299e4b0b958f658429e

"We've gone just beyond doing data dumps," Mayor Richard Berry told me. "We were a real leader earlier in this movement, and the reason we were a leader is not because I walked up as a mayor but because I've got smart people who work with the city. They were just looking for somebody to cut them loose and do this work. All of the kudos go to our staff and IT people. They're being nationally recognized now, so I've had a lot of fun watching them blossom, taking their expertise and putting it to good work for the citizens. It's not just data dumps; we're trying to put it into a dashboard format. "

NEW from me: A look at the City of Albuquerque and digital government:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/albuquerque-mayor-richard-berry_5679a299e4b0b958f658429e

"We've gone just beyond doing data dumps," Mayor Richard Berry told me. "We were a real leader earlier in this movement, and the reason we were a leader is not because I walked up as a mayor but because I've got smart people who work with the city. They were just looking for somebody to cut them loose and do this work. All of the kudos go to our staff and IT people. They're being nationally recognized now, so I've had a lot of fun watching them blossom, taking their expertise and putting it to good work for the citizens. It's not just data dumps; we're trying to put it into a dashboard format. "___

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2015-12-28 00:45:54 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

If our elected leaders -- or presidential candidates -- don't start defending the right of the people to be secure in their persons and papers in the digital age, China's action shows that authoritarian governments can and clearly will use irresponsible rhetoric to justify restrictions on the speech, security and privacy of their citizens.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-anti-terror-law-encryption_56801192e4b014efe0d86ed0?6b1hh0k9

If our elected leaders -- or presidential candidates -- don't start defending the right of the people to be secure in their persons and papers in the digital age, China's action shows that authoritarian governments can and clearly will use irresponsible rhetoric to justify restrictions on the speech, security and privacy of their citizens.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-anti-terror-law-encryption_56801192e4b014efe0d86ed0?6b1hh0k9___

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2015-12-27 16:26:35 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Per +Reuters, a new "anti-terrorism" law passed in China will require tech firms to turn over encryption keys:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-security-idUSKBN0UA07220151227

The new law also places new restrictions on press freedom in China; social media may be more leaky.

Li Shouwei, a government spokesman, said China was "simply doing what other Western nations already do in asking tech firms to help fight terror."

Paired observations: 1) China isn't a Western nation and 2) This what the FBI, Congressmen & our presidential candidates have provided cover for abroad. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/encryption-silicon-valley-white-house-washington_564f3839e4b0879a5b0a9182

Per +Reuters, a new "anti-terrorism" law passed in China will require tech firms to turn over encryption keys:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-security-idUSKBN0UA07220151227

The new law also places new restrictions on press freedom in China; social media may be more leaky.

Li Shouwei, a government spokesman, said China was "simply doing what other Western nations already do in asking tech firms to help fight terror."

Paired observations: 1) China isn't a Western nation and 2) This what the FBI, Congressmen & our presidential candidates have provided cover for abroad. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/encryption-silicon-valley-white-house-washington_564f3839e4b0879a5b0a9182___

2015-12-25 20:41:47 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Merry Christmas!
Joyeux Noël
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Natal
Fröhliche Weihnachten
Buon Natale
καλά Χριστούγεννα
聖誕節快樂
क्रिसमस की
عيد ميلاد مجيد
🙏

Merry Christmas!
Joyeux Noël
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Natal
Fröhliche Weihnachten
Buon Natale
καλά Χριστούγεννα
聖誕節快樂
क्रिसमस की
عيد ميلاد مجيد
🙏___

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2015-12-23 15:24:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Robodeer Games

[This poem was merrily adapted from “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” by Clement Clark Moore, inspired by a video of General Dynamics robots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDZu04v7_hc]

Twas the Night Before Christmas, and all around the house
The robots were stirring, uncontrolled by a mouse
The dockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would charge there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of Candy Crush danced in their heads;
And mamma in her slanket, and I in my gown,
Had just tapped our smartphones to go power down,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallensno... more »

Robodeer Games

[This poem was merrily adapted from “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” by Clement Clark Moore, inspired by a video of General Dynamics robots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDZu04v7_hc]

Twas the Night Before Christmas, and all around the house
The robots were stirring, uncontrolled by a mouse
The dockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would charge there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of Candy Crush danced in their heads;
And mamma in her slanket, and I in my gown,
Had just tapped our smartphones to go power down,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a modest sleigh and eight big robo-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
More rapid than eagles his they came,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDZu04v7_hc
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As tweets that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an firewall, spread far and wide;
So up to the rooftop the robots they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The crunching and tapping of each robot hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fleece, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with silicon and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
He looked like an eBay merchant just opening his Slack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a stylus he held tight in his teeth,
And his Oculus, it circled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team said "OK, GO"
And away the bots pranced like real deer in slo-mo
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”___

2015-12-22 16:27:05 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The White House Office of Management and Budget has not updated its open government plan since 2010. 19 U.S. open governments have asked President Obama to direct OMB to do so.
http://www.openthegovernment.org/node/5079

The White House Office of Management and Budget has not updated its open government plan since 2010. 19 U.S. open governments have asked President Obama to direct OMB to do so.
http://www.openthegovernment.org/node/5079___

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2015-12-16 01:23:53 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

As usual, I found the annual tech trends report from +Amy Webb's firm fascinating. Here's my writeup: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/2016-trends-report-webbmedia-group_56702ddce4b0e292150f3329?sx0kvs4i

As usual, I found the annual tech trends report from +Amy Webb's firm fascinating. Here's my writeup: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/2016-trends-report-webbmedia-group_56702ddce4b0e292150f3329?sx0kvs4i___

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2015-12-15 17:06:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

A new law review paper on the Freedom of Information Act requests to 6 federal agencies in the USA confirms role of commercial entities in case load and volume: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2685402

Here's a quick playbook on how open data can support FOIA and be directly tied supporting the accountability a free press provides in democracies:

Step 1: Enact strong Freedom of Information Laws and Open Data Policies that create a presumption of openness.

Step 2: Track FOIA requests that do not have an media or public interest exemption

Step 3: Prioritize open data releases according to which public records are repeatedly requested by commercial entities. There should be a monetary payment each time. Agencies can just follow the money to find "high value datasets."... more »

A new law review paper on the Freedom of Information Act requests to 6 federal agencies in the USA confirms role of commercial entities in case load and volume: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2685402

Here's a quick playbook on how open data can support FOIA and be directly tied supporting the accountability a free press provides in democracies:

Step 1: Enact strong Freedom of Information Laws and Open Data Policies that create a presumption of openness.

Step 2: Track FOIA requests that do not have an media or public interest exemption

Step 3: Prioritize open data releases according to which public records are repeatedly requested by commercial entities. There should be a monetary payment each time. Agencies can just follow the money to find "high value datasets."
e-pluribusunum.org/2013/09/28/hedge-fund-use-of-government-data-for-business-intelligence-shows-where-the-value-is/

Step 4: Invest the money and personnel time saved from releasing these records in answering FOIA requests from journalists and the public.

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2015-12-14 20:37:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Uber Wheelchair

Uber Wheelchair___

2015-12-14 19:03:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Official Recreational Drone Rules Released in US

Back in October, Americans learned that we were going to have to register our drones this holiday season, but the details were still up in the air until today. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-registering-your-new-drone_566eeadfe4b0fccee16f30e0?ot70t3xr

On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration made official its proposed regulation, publishing an interim final rule laying out the marking and registration requirements for consumer drones.

If you're a hobbyist in the United States who pilots an unmanned recreational aircraft that weighs half a pound, you're going to need to register it with the federal government online at faa.gov/uas/registration. The FAA says this website will be operational on Dec. 21, the same day the new rule goes into effect.

The... more »

Official Recreational Drone Rules Released in US

Back in October, Americans learned that we were going to have to register our drones this holiday season, but the details were still up in the air until today. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-registering-your-new-drone_566eeadfe4b0fccee16f30e0?ot70t3xr

On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration made official its proposed regulation, publishing an interim final rule laying out the marking and registration requirements for consumer drones.

If you're a hobbyist in the United States who pilots an unmanned recreational aircraft that weighs half a pound, you're going to need to register it with the federal government online at faa.gov/uas/registration. The FAA says this website will be operational on Dec. 21, the same day the new rule goes into effect.

The regulation will include the vast majority of the 1.6 million small consumer drones that the FAA estimates will be sold in 2015 -- along with the hundreds of thousands of other drones that people already own.___

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2015-12-14 15:55:53 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

If you're interested in open government, this post is for you.

What should +Open Government Partnership do next?

This constructive critique of the Open Government Partnership Steven Adler​ has already been shared here once, but I'll do so again: http://gijn.org/2015/12/12/why-the-open-government-partnership-needs-a-reboot/ because I want to add four specific responses to it and questions for the community.

1) The idea of open government didn't start in the US, with CSPAN televising Congressional hearings to the public. The "idea that government should be open to public scrutiny and susceptible to public opinion dates back at least to the time of the Enlightenment in the 18th century:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_government#History

The technology available to governments and civil society has always been enablers of open government, from the printing press to radio to TV to the Internet and open data:
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/05/open_data_executive_order_is_the_best_thing_obama_s_done_this_month.html

The history of open government has been closely aligned with the global progress of democracy.

2) On that count, I agree with Adler that the Summit in Mexico was a missed opportunity to address many issues that continue to be serious challenges for democratic society in member countries. Do you? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mexico-open-government_56324e44e4b0631799115896

3) In that context, Adler's focus on press freedom -- appropriate for the publication his article is within, the Global Investigative Journalism Network -- is spot on. "A free press is a prerequisite for open government." Full stop.
http://www.cjr.org/first_person/open_government_is_meaningless_without_a_free_press.php

4) The problems Adler outlined aren't new. http://techpresident.com/news/wegov/24488/look-open-government-summit-after-peak-open

Are his recommendations for OGP's steering committee and the governments and funders backing the initiative the right approaches to addressing them?___If you're interested in open government, this post is for you.

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2015-12-14 15:51:25 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

What should +Open Government Partnership do next?

This constructive critique of the Open Government Partnership Steven Adler​ has already been shared here once, but I'll do so again: http://gijn.org/2015/12/12/why-the-open-government-partnership-needs-a-reboot/ because I want to add four specific responses to it and questions for the community.

1) The idea of open government didn't start in the US, with CSPAN televising Congressional hearings to the public. The "idea that government should be open to public scrutiny and susceptible to public opinion dates back at least to the time of the Enlightenment in the 18th century:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_government#History

The technology available to governments and civil society has always been enablers of open government, from the printing press to radio to TV tot... more »

What should +Open Government Partnership do next?

This constructive critique of the Open Government Partnership Steven Adler​ has already been shared here once, but I'll do so again: http://gijn.org/2015/12/12/why-the-open-government-partnership-needs-a-reboot/ because I want to add four specific responses to it and questions for the community.

1) The idea of open government didn't start in the US, with CSPAN televising Congressional hearings to the public. The "idea that government should be open to public scrutiny and susceptible to public opinion dates back at least to the time of the Enlightenment in the 18th century:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_government#History

The technology available to governments and civil society has always been enablers of open government, from the printing press to radio to TV to the Internet and open data:
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/05/open_data_executive_order_is_the_best_thing_obama_s_done_this_month.html

The history of open government has been closely aligned with the global progress of democracy.

2) On that count, I agree with Adler that the Summit in Mexico was a missed opportunity to address many issues that continue to be serious challenges for democratic society in member countries. Do you? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mexico-open-government_56324e44e4b0631799115896

3) In that context, Adler's focus on press freedom -- appropriate for the publication his article is within, the Global Investigative Journalism Network -- is spot on. "A free press is a prerequisite for open government." Full stop.
http://www.cjr.org/first_person/open_government_is_meaningless_without_a_free_press.php

4) The problems Adler outlined aren't new. http://techpresident.com/news/wegov/24488/look-open-government-summit-after-peak-open

Are his recommendations for OGP's steering committee and the governments and funders backing the initiative the right approaches to addressing them?___

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2015-12-10 23:58:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

[NEW] A new Harvard study found racial discrimination by Airbnb hosts -- a poignant reminder that new technology doesn't automatically eliminate old problems. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/racial-bias-airbnb_5669f05ae4b009377b246a28?06ls1yvi

As Bloomberg Business reported, researchers at the Harvard Business School found that people with names that sounded African-American had a harder time booking a place to stay on Airbnb than people with names like this correspondent's.

One approach that corporations and nonprofits like the Sunlight Foundation have used in recent years to increase the diversity of their hiring pools is to use "blind auditions."

In blind hiring, applicants separate information that identifies them -- like their name -- from their qualifications, expressed in a resume, cover letter, and portfolio of design or software... more »

[NEW] A new Harvard study found racial discrimination by Airbnb hosts -- a poignant reminder that new technology doesn't automatically eliminate old problems. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/racial-bias-airbnb_5669f05ae4b009377b246a28?06ls1yvi

As Bloomberg Business reported, researchers at the Harvard Business School found that people with names that sounded African-American had a harder time booking a place to stay on Airbnb than people with names like this correspondent's.

One approach that corporations and nonprofits like the Sunlight Foundation have used in recent years to increase the diversity of their hiring pools is to use "blind auditions."

In blind hiring, applicants separate information that identifies them -- like their name -- from their qualifications, expressed in a resume, cover letter, and portfolio of design or software projects.

The technique, applied to on-demand companies like Airbnb and Uber, that might express itself as showing a potential host or driver someone's rating and reviews, but not a name.

As platforms like LinkedIn, Uber and TaskRabbit take on increased importance in the on-demand economy, it's incumbent upon operators of these services to address demonstrated bias. Otherwise, 21st century platforms for collaborative consumption will just embed social biases from the cultures they exist within. ___

2015-12-10 18:49:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

An open source platform to make reading regulations easier. Sounds like a good idea!

Let's see if the public becomes more informed -- and other governments adopt it.

Here's how more on how it was built: https://18f.gsa.gov/2015/12/09/an-open-source-government-is-a-faster-more-efficient-government/ and the first example: https://atf-eregs.18f.gov/479


An open source platform to make reading regulations easier. Sounds like a good idea!

Let's see if the public becomes more informed -- and other governments adopt it.

Here's how more on how it was built: https://18f.gsa.gov/2015/12/09/an-open-source-government-is-a-faster-more-efficient-government/ and the first example: https://atf-eregs.18f.gov/479
___

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2015-12-10 18:43:33 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Archived video from today's forum at The Brookings Institution​ on broadband Internet access in American cities is online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbzpFPhNjZo

Report: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2015/12/07-broadband-adoption-rates-metropolitan-areas-tomer-kane

The panel I moderated is in the second hour, if you're inclined to jump ahead.

Archived video from today's forum at The Brookings Institution​ on broadband Internet access in American cities is online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbzpFPhNjZo

Report: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2015/12/07-broadband-adoption-rates-metropolitan-areas-tomer-kane

The panel I moderated is in the second hour, if you're inclined to jump ahead.___

2015-12-10 17:52:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

The more people who read, follow & interact with me, the harder it is to scale interacting. The cognitive drag from anger and ignorance I encounter grows, too. I know that what women, minorities and members of the GLBT community face online is much worse. A mute button helps, but it's not enough. I hope we can find ways to build better empathy machines. mobile.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/opinion/eric-schmidt-on-how-to-build-a-better-web.html

The more people who read, follow & interact with me, the harder it is to scale interacting. The cognitive drag from anger and ignorance I encounter grows, too. I know that what women, minorities and members of the GLBT community face online is much worse. A mute button helps, but it's not enough. I hope we can find ways to build better empathy machines. mobile.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/opinion/eric-schmidt-on-how-to-build-a-better-web.html___

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2015-12-08 19:04:28 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

[NEW] The U.S. Department of Transportation​ & Vulcan Inc.​ have launched a fifty million dollar Smart Cities Challenge http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smart-cities-challenge-transportation-prize_56660184e4b08e945ff09aaf First step: define smart city!

In the coming months, big tech companies will talk up top-down approaches to smart cities, while civic technologists will focus on bottom-up approaches. In between, city governments will need to explain why spending $50 million dollars on these ideas will make a real difference to residents, particularly in the context of $200 million dollar boondoggles like D.C.'s trolley project.

The collective challenge will be to ensure that the smart cities empower residents, as opposed to locking them in the "invisible barbed wire" of a surveillance society. In the past, mass surveillance has been bad for the urbanpoo... more »

[NEW] The U.S. Department of Transportation​ & Vulcan Inc.​ have launched a fifty million dollar Smart Cities Challenge http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smart-cities-challenge-transportation-prize_56660184e4b08e945ff09aaf First step: define smart city!

In the coming months, big tech companies will talk up top-down approaches to smart cities, while civic technologists will focus on bottom-up approaches. In between, city governments will need to explain why spending $50 million dollars on these ideas will make a real difference to residents, particularly in the context of $200 million dollar boondoggles like D.C.'s trolley project.

The collective challenge will be to ensure that the smart cities empower residents, as opposed to locking them in the "invisible barbed wire" of a surveillance society. In the past, mass surveillance has been bad for the urban poor. This Smart Cities Challenge is a golden opportunity for mayors to talk about what installing "smart" objects will mean to their communities, from parking meters and street lights to buses and garages.

In the 21st century, the consent of the governed won't just mean "no taxation without representation." It will increasingly mean "no data collection without consent." City governments need to ensure that residents have an opportunity to know what's being proposed and installed in their name. Once sensors are installed and start collecting data, the conversation will shift to how data will be used and by whom, rather than whether the data should be used at all. ___

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2015-12-08 19:04:04 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

[NEW] The U.S. Department of Transportation​ & Vulcan Inc.​ have launched a fifty million dollar Smart Cities Challenge http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smart-cities-challenge-transportation-prize_56660184e4b08e945ff09aaf First step: define smart city!

In the coming months, big tech companies will talk up top-down approaches to smart cities, while civic technologists will focus on bottom-up approaches. In between, city governments will need to explain why spending $50 million dollars on these ideas will make a real difference to residents, particularly in the context of $200 million dollar boondoggles like D.C.'s trolley project.

The collective challenge will be to ensure that the smart cities empower residents, as opposed to locking them in the "invisible barbed wire" of a surveillance society. In the past, mass surveillance has been bad for the urbanpoo... more »

[NEW] The U.S. Department of Transportation​ & Vulcan Inc.​ have launched a fifty million dollar Smart Cities Challenge http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smart-cities-challenge-transportation-prize_56660184e4b08e945ff09aaf First step: define smart city!

In the coming months, big tech companies will talk up top-down approaches to smart cities, while civic technologists will focus on bottom-up approaches. In between, city governments will need to explain why spending $50 million dollars on these ideas will make a real difference to residents, particularly in the context of $200 million dollar boondoggles like D.C.'s trolley project.

The collective challenge will be to ensure that the smart cities empower residents, as opposed to locking them in the "invisible barbed wire" of a surveillance society. In the past, mass surveillance has been bad for the urban poor. This Smart Cities Challenge is a golden opportunity for mayors to talk about what installing "smart" objects will mean to their communities, from parking meters and street lights to buses and garages.

In the 21st century, the consent of the governed won't just mean "no taxation without representation." It will increasingly mean "no data collection without consent." City governments need to ensure that residents have an opportunity to know what's being proposed and installed in their name. Once sensors are installed and start collecting data, the conversation will shift to how data will be used and by whom, rather than whether the data should be used at all. ___

2015-12-08 16:07:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

In a tweet, Jeff Bezos indicated Blue Origin will not discriminate against any American, even a xenophobic demagogue.
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/amazon-founder-offers-to-send-donald-trump-to-space_56661ebce4b079b2818fdb14?iidd9529=

In a tweet, Jeff Bezos indicated Blue Origin will not discriminate against any American, even a xenophobic demagogue.
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/amazon-founder-offers-to-send-donald-trump-to-space_56661ebce4b079b2818fdb14?iidd9529=___

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2015-12-05 18:59:25 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

"Seasons Greenings" at the U.S. Botanical Gardens in DC http://m.usbg.gov/plan-your-holiday-visit This year's trains theme: pollinators.

"Seasons Greenings" at the U.S. Botanical Gardens in DC http://m.usbg.gov/plan-your-holiday-visit This year's trains theme: pollinators.___

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