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The White House2,948,485Join 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 20:00:0013490  
The White House2,948,485Update: 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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2015-07-20 20:20:50 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Hillary Clinton​ answered my question on the "gig economy” here on Facebook: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-gig-economy_55ad4a84e4b065dfe89f010c 

Q: Many jobs are going to be displaced by automation. Others may look quite different in a "gig economy," as you have recognized. Would you support a negative income tax? What about flexible benefits, like workers compensation or unemployment insurance, that are independent of any given employer, similar to the the model of the Affordable Care Act?

A: "You are asking exactly the kinds of questions that we all need to be asking about the future of work in an age of accelerating technological change. I certainly don’t have all the answers. But we have to resolve these questions while embracing the promise and potential of these new technologies and without stifling innovation or limiting theabilit... more »

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2015-07-23 14:04:36 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The United States of America has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. James Holzer will be the new Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the US National Archives​, beginning  on August 9: http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/23/archivist-appoints-new-ogis-director/

Holzer is currently the senior director of FOIA operations at the Department of Homeland Security​, which receives the most FOIA requests in the federal government. The agency rolled out the federal government's first mobile FOIA app earlier this summer, to generally negative reviews:` http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/government-foia-app_559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a

It's hard for me to interpret the appointment of a FOIA officer from DHS into this role positively. FOIA requesters will need a strong advocate to arbitrate disputes and push for their requests to beaddr... more »

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2015-07-23 00:11:39 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

You know, this looks, sounds and feels more than a little like an old school James Bond film, with ultramodern production values, pacing and editing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTDaET-JweU 

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2015-07-28 00:04:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Danny is always a must-read

No, Google+ isn't dead. While Google+ is being disconnected from various Google properties, Google+ itself will continue as a standalone service aimed at helping people connect.___Danny is always a must-read

2015-07-27 23:36:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Yes, Software And Robots Eat Jobs. Now What?
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55b648b9e4b0224d8832c332

Yes, Software And Robots Eat Jobs. Now What?
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55b648b9e4b0224d8832c332___

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2015-07-27 22:37:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

On Friday, DHS quietly updated its mobile FOIA app. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a Fixed text entry issue and removed CoreLocation - the exact issues that were raised in my article. Still no word from their privacy office on demonstrated demand for mobile requests prior to development.

On Friday, DHS quietly updated its mobile FOIA app. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a Fixed text entry issue and removed CoreLocation - the exact issues that were raised in my article. Still no word from their privacy office on demonstrated demand for mobile requests prior to development.___

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2015-07-27 20:13:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

An interesting view on what ailed Google+ and what it may become. 

Google+ is Google No More

When Google+ launched over 4-years ago, the idea was to both promote a new social network, and create a unified account system and social spine for all things Google.

As this latest blog post from +Bradley Horowitz admits, they didn't get it all right.  Google+ the identity layer was forced on people who had no desire to use the network; integrations with the network became nearly ubiquitous across properties; the 'social spine' became a privacy nightmare for some people; and the effort became at times so obnoxiously in-your-face it soured people on both the social network and the larger ecosystem.

In short, Google+ was the branding equivalent of New Coke.  Much like the Coca Cola Corporation, Google is recognizing this, as recent deintegrations (removals of Google+ features from other Google properties) have shown.

Now the final, major step will be made: instead of Google+ accounts, Google will now simply use Google accounts, which by themselves aren't tied into social anything, private and unsearchable.

So is Google+ dead?  No, fortunately not.  While the Google brand reverts to Google Classic, Google+ will finally receive the type of focus many of us suggested it always needed: no longer a would-be "Facebook killer", the network can now presumably focus on what its most passionate users agree it is good for: discovering great content and accounts to follow (i.e. Twitter without the obnoxious limitations and fewer bots).

Google+ (the social layer) is Dead.  Long live Google+ (the network)!___An interesting view on what ailed Google+ and what it may become. 

2015-07-27 20:08:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

WSJ: there's little evidence of a ‘gig economy’: http://www.wsj.com/articles/proof-of-a-gig-economy-revolution-is-hard-to-find-1437932539 

I think it depends how we define it.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/online-talent-platforms_55a03545e4b0b8145f72ccf6

WSJ: there's little evidence of a ‘gig economy’: http://www.wsj.com/articles/proof-of-a-gig-economy-revolution-is-hard-to-find-1437932539 

I think it depends how we define it.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/online-talent-platforms_55a03545e4b0b8145f72ccf6___

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2015-07-27 17:33:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Big news for Plus and +Google users at large.

Everything in Its Right Place

It’s been a little more than a quarter since I took on leadership of a newly formed team, which we’ve christened SPS: Streams, Photos, and Sharing.

In that short time, I’ve had some time to reflect on the products we’ve built over the last few years, and also the opportunity to oversee the launch of our new Google Photos product. I’ve concluded that it’s time for a “pivot”... or more precisely time to talk more openly about a pivot that’s been underway for some time (and in fact is reflected in the name of the new team). We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire it as the mechanism by which people share and engage within other Google products.

Four years ago when we conceived of the “Google+ Project”, we made it clear that our goals were always two-fold: Google+ aspired to be both a “platform layer that unified Google’s sharing models”, and a product / stream / app in its own right.

This was a well-intentioned goal, but as realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing. For instance, and perhaps most controversially, integration with YouTube implied that leaving a comment on YouTube (something users had obviously been doing successfully for years) suddenly and unexpectedly required “joining Google+.”

We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.  

Some of the consequences of this shift in thinking have already been deployed. Others we’re rolling out as fast as possible (e.g. the changes to YouTube we referenced today). And many more will roll out over the rest of the year.

What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections - https://plus.google.com/collections/featured).

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how this strategy has played out as realized in the recent Google Photos launch, a product which in many ways embodies and telegraphs the changes discussed above. Google Photos not only doesn’t require a Google+ account, but as much of the functionality as possible doesn’t even require an account at all. It was important to me that when we launched Google Photos, we stressed the product implements sharing by any means a user prefers… without compromise or agenda. This is the right thing for users and the feedback and usage has been extremely validating.

I’m excited to share this strategy with the world, excited about what it means for Google+, and most of all for all of Google’s users.___Big news for Plus and +Google users at large.

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2015-07-27 15:41:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

STUDY: 69% of people chose to leave this site when a +Google+  interstitial ad interrupted them on their smartphones. On the other hand, I suspect marketers will tell us a 9% clickthrough rate is excellent. ¯\(°_°)/¯  
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-study-online-ads_55b62f61e4b0a13f9d18ff15?67lm1jor

STUDY: 69% of people chose to leave this site when a +Google+  interstitial ad interrupted them on their smartphones. On the other hand, I suspect marketers will tell us a 9% clickthrough rate is excellent. ¯\(°_°)/¯  
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-study-online-ads_55b62f61e4b0a13f9d18ff15?67lm1jor___

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2015-07-27 13:41:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Outlaw Ocean http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html Ian Urbina on crime, murder & slavery on the high seas.

The Outlaw Ocean http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html Ian Urbina on crime, murder & slavery on the high seas.___

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2015-07-27 00:53:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life"-Henry David Thoreau

[I enjoyed a good swim on a muggy summer Sunday in the cool waters of Walden.]

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life"-Henry David Thoreau

[I enjoyed a good swim on a muggy summer Sunday in the cool waters of Walden.]___

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2015-07-27 00:53:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with my mom & daughter today. http://mfa.org We left inspired & thoughtful. 

I visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with my mom & daughter today. http://mfa.org We left inspired & thoughtful. ___

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2015-07-27 00:45:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

4000+ years after this sarcophagus in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts was made, humans use pictures to communicate. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7116706

4000+ years after this sarcophagus in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts was made, humans use pictures to communicate. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7116706___

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2015-07-26 17:50:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

STUDY: Walking in natural environments is good for you: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204615000286

NYT: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2015/07/22/how-nature-changes-the-brain/

I'm doing it right now.

STUDY: Walking in natural environments is good for you: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204615000286

NYT: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2015/07/22/how-nature-changes-the-brain/

I'm doing it right now.___

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2015-07-26 00:43:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

We explored Cape Ann today: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Ann Halibut Point, Rockport, Good Harbor, Gloucester. I ❤️New England

We explored Cape Ann today: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Ann Halibut Point, Rockport, Good Harbor, Gloucester. I ❤️New England___

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2015-07-24 21:47:20 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

One for the weekend: my interview(s) with MIT professor Andrew McAfee​ on Uber, on-demand startups, automation and much more: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/andrew-mcafee-on-demand-economy_55b276aae4b0a13f9d1864f5?8lbrcnmi

"We are not going to legislate full employment in good, old-fashioned industrial-age jobs. Many people are trying, but it is not going to work. You can't get back there by any kind of fiat. The question is what the smart thing is to do if we're worried about opportunities for classic, middle-class Americans. 

These new companies have come along and are offering, at scale, new ways for middle-class families to earn a living. Should we demonize or celebrate them?

I don't mean to cheer on Uber, pat them on the back, or give them pass on their obligations, but these companies are producing labor opportunities. They are the waveof ... more »

One for the weekend: my interview(s) with MIT professor Andrew McAfee​ on Uber, on-demand startups, automation and much more: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/andrew-mcafee-on-demand-economy_55b276aae4b0a13f9d1864f5?8lbrcnmi

"We are not going to legislate full employment in good, old-fashioned industrial-age jobs. Many people are trying, but it is not going to work. You can't get back there by any kind of fiat. The question is what the smart thing is to do if we're worried about opportunities for classic, middle-class Americans. 

These new companies have come along and are offering, at scale, new ways for middle-class families to earn a living. Should we demonize or celebrate them?

I don't mean to cheer on Uber, pat them on the back, or give them pass on their obligations, but these companies are producing labor opportunities. They are the wave of the future. 

A big part of it is to decouple the social safety net from your employment status. When you're employed in a classic industrial job, it's kind of when you need it the least. For more and more people, labor is more contingent, more flexible and more precarious. Let's not bemoan; let's find a way to help."___

2015-07-24 13:23:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Federal judge: accidental phone calls do not have an expectation of #privacy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/butt-dial-privacy_55b1f997e4b0074ba5a42390?2hqnz5mi [Beware the "butt dial."]

Federal judge: accidental phone calls do not have an expectation of #privacy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/butt-dial-privacy_55b1f997e4b0074ba5a42390?2hqnz5mi [Beware the "butt dial."]___

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2015-07-24 02:22:58 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I made a mistake today, in a story about the Department of Education and FAFSA.com. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cfpb-fafsa-website_55b13629e4b0a9b948540419 The domain transfer was voluntary & unrelated to the CFPB. I regret the error.

I made a mistake today, in a story about the Department of Education and FAFSA.com. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cfpb-fafsa-website_55b13629e4b0a9b948540419 The domain transfer was voluntary & unrelated to the CFPB. I regret the error.___

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2015-07-23 21:05:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Earth 2.0? It's a lonnnng way away, but it's the closest thing we've found so far. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kepler-telescope-finds-earth-20_55b11569e4b07af29d57b19b?rqhyqfr

Earth 2.0? It's a lonnnng way away, but it's the closest thing we've found so far. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kepler-telescope-finds-earth-20_55b11569e4b07af29d57b19b?rqhyqfr___

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2015-07-23 19:14:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Following up on a previous post, the federal government has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/foia-ombudsman-james-holzer_55b1058ae4b07af29d57a52c I found some things to be concerned about with the choice.

Following up on a previous post, the federal government has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/foia-ombudsman-james-holzer_55b1058ae4b07af29d57a52c I found some things to be concerned about with the choice.___

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2015-07-23 14:05:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I hope I'm wrong.

The United States of America has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. James Holzer will be the new Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the US National Archives​, beginning  on August 9: http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/23/archivist-appoints-new-ogis-director/

Holzer is currently the senior director of FOIA operations at the Department of Homeland Security​, which receives the most FOIA requests in the federal government. The agency rolled out the federal government's first mobile FOIA app earlier this summer, to generally negative reviews:` http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/government-foia-app_559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a

It's hard for me to interpret the appointment of a FOIA officer from DHS into this role positively. FOIA requesters will need a strong advocate to arbitrate disputes and push for their requests to be addressed. 

Someone from the nonprofit, academic or media worlds would be much more likely to do that than a DHS staffer; the agency's record on FOIA compliance and transparency over the past four years is not distinguished, no matter how many times government officials say that it is.___I hope I'm wrong.

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2015-07-23 14:04:36 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The United States of America has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. James Holzer will be the new Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the US National Archives​, beginning  on August 9: http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/23/archivist-appoints-new-ogis-director/

Holzer is currently the senior director of FOIA operations at the Department of Homeland Security​, which receives the most FOIA requests in the federal government. The agency rolled out the federal government's first mobile FOIA app earlier this summer, to generally negative reviews:` http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/government-foia-app_559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a

It's hard for me to interpret the appointment of a FOIA officer from DHS into this role positively. FOIA requesters will need a strong advocate to arbitrate disputes and push for their requests to beaddr... more »

The United States of America has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. James Holzer will be the new Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the US National Archives​, beginning  on August 9: http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/23/archivist-appoints-new-ogis-director/

Holzer is currently the senior director of FOIA operations at the Department of Homeland Security​, which receives the most FOIA requests in the federal government. The agency rolled out the federal government's first mobile FOIA app earlier this summer, to generally negative reviews:` http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/government-foia-app_559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a

It's hard for me to interpret the appointment of a FOIA officer from DHS into this role positively. FOIA requesters will need a strong advocate to arbitrate disputes and push for their requests to be addressed. 

Someone from the nonprofit, academic or media worlds would be much more likely to do that than a DHS staffer; the agency's record on FOIA compliance and transparency over the past four years is not distinguished, no matter how many times government officials say that it is.___

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2015-07-23 00:11:39 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

You know, this looks, sounds and feels more than a little like an old school James Bond film, with ultramodern production values, pacing and editing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTDaET-JweU 

You know, this looks, sounds and feels more than a little like an old school James Bond film, with ultramodern production values, pacing and editing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTDaET-JweU ___

2015-07-22 23:20:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

NEW: +Google patented a way to search video generated and archived by a wearable computing device.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-patents-searchable-video_55afda9de4b08f57d5d351ab

"OK, Google: Who did I meet that day?"
"OK, Google: Where did we eat on New Year's Eve four years ago?"
"OK, Google: Did I take my pills this morning?"

Patent: "*Method and apparatus for enabling a searchable history of real-world user experiences*."
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=33&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=Google.ASNM.&OS=AN/Google&RS=AN/Google

NEW: +Google patented a way to search video generated and archived by a wearable computing device.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-patents-searchable-video_55afda9de4b08f57d5d351ab

"OK, Google: Who did I meet that day?"
"OK, Google: Where did we eat on New Year's Eve four years ago?"
"OK, Google: Did I take my pills this morning?"

Patent: "*Method and apparatus for enabling a searchable history of real-world user experiences*."
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=33&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=Google.ASNM.&OS=AN/Google&RS=AN/Google___

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2015-07-22 17:50:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

You can now Google pictures of the places you’ve visited: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-your-timeline_55af9a0fe4b0a9b948530a18 This puts "augmented reality" in a rather different context.

You can now Google pictures of the places you’ve visited: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-your-timeline_55af9a0fe4b0a9b948530a18 This puts "augmented reality" in a rather different context.___

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2015-07-22 15:06:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Whether consumers choose privacy over convenience is one of the 'central questions of our times’, says Senator Richard Blumenthal​ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spy-act-richard-blumenthal_55af9abee4b08f57d5d306f0

Whether consumers choose privacy over convenience is one of the 'central questions of our times’, says Senator Richard Blumenthal​ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spy-act-richard-blumenthal_55af9abee4b08f57d5d306f0___

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2015-07-22 02:00:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

"History is a battlefield. It’s constantly being fought over because the past controls the present. History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth." - E. L. Doctorow http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2718/the-art-of-fiction-no-94-e-l-doctorow

RIP. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/books/el-doctorow-author-of-historical-fiction-dies-at-84.html

"History is a battlefield. It’s constantly being fought over because the past controls the present. History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth." - E. L. Doctorow http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2718/the-art-of-fiction-no-94-e-l-doctorow

RIP. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/books/el-doctorow-author-of-historical-fiction-dies-at-84.html___

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2015-07-22 01:23:15 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Now updated with my interview with Senator Richard Blumenthal​. 

"I think there will be huge demand for manufacturers that guarantee safety and privacy," he said. "The question is how good it is. I don't think any manufacturer today that can say you can drive off the lot and you will be fine. 

If there are accidents, then there will be hearings. The way to look at this issue is like safety with air bags or car seats. At first, there was industry pushback, with the costs cited as to high. Consumers wouldn't understand or use them. Then, magically, movement happens."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spy-act-car-hackers-senators-security_55ae4e72e4b0a9b94852748b

Now updated with my interview with Senator Richard Blumenthal​. 

"I think there will be huge demand for manufacturers that guarantee safety and privacy," he said. "The question is how good it is. I don't think any manufacturer today that can say you can drive off the lot and you will be fine. 

If there are accidents, then there will be hearings. The way to look at this issue is like safety with air bags or car seats. At first, there was industry pushback, with the costs cited as to high. Consumers wouldn't understand or use them. Then, magically, movement happens."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spy-act-car-hackers-senators-security_55ae4e72e4b0a9b94852748b___

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2015-07-22 01:02:16 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

AP: The $48.5 billion deal between AT&T & Direct TV would create the country's largest provider of cable or satellite TV. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fcc-gives-stamp-of-approval-for-att-and-directv-merger_55aecad5e4b07af29d56bc94?

The Federal Communications Commission​ has circulated a provisional order recommended approval, with specific measures. The United States Department of Justice​ has approved it. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/justice-department-approves-t-directv-merger-n396196

AP: The $48.5 billion deal between AT&T & Direct TV would create the country's largest provider of cable or satellite TV. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fcc-gives-stamp-of-approval-for-att-and-directv-merger_55aecad5e4b07af29d56bc94?

The Federal Communications Commission​ has circulated a provisional order recommended approval, with specific measures. The United States Department of Justice​ has approved it. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/justice-department-approves-t-directv-merger-n396196___

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2015-07-21 20:03:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

[NEW] +The White House​ is still reviewing rules for how websites should accommodate those with disabilities.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/on-the-25th-anniversary-of-the-ada-the-future-of-accessibility-online-is-in-limbo_55ae7d44e4b0a9b94852a064?0qiod2t9

[NEW] +The White House​ is still reviewing rules for how websites should accommodate those with disabilities.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/on-the-25th-anniversary-of-the-ada-the-future-of-accessibility-online-is-in-limbo_55ae7d44e4b0a9b94852a064?0qiod2t9___

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2015-07-21 20:01:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

[NEW] A bill from Senator Edward J. Markey​ & Senator Richard Blumenthal​ aims to lock hackers out of our connected cars
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spy-act-car-hackers-senators-security_55ae4e72e4b0a9b94852748b

[NEW] A bill from Senator Edward J. Markey​ & Senator Richard Blumenthal​ aims to lock hackers out of our connected cars
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spy-act-car-hackers-senators-security_55ae4e72e4b0a9b94852748b___

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2015-07-21 13:33:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A "Fax Report" from the State Dept?! For ME? I bet this .zip has a nasty .exe. If you got this email too, beware. #caveatclickor

A "Fax Report" from the State Dept?! For ME? I bet this .zip has a nasty .exe. If you got this email too, beware. #caveatclickor___

2015-07-21 02:04:39 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

STUDY: "female-directed hostility primarily originates from low-status, poorer-performing males" http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0131613

To put it another way, men who harass women online tend to be literal losers. Knock it off, fellas.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/07/20/men-who-harass-women-online-are-quite-literally-losers-new-study-finds/

STUDY: "female-directed hostility primarily originates from low-status, poorer-performing males" http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0131613

To put it another way, men who harass women online tend to be literal losers. Knock it off, fellas.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/07/20/men-who-harass-women-online-are-quite-literally-losers-new-study-finds/___

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2015-07-20 21:08:16 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Our +Google+  photos aren't going away. +Google  is just moving around how they're accessed and organized. http://9to5google.com/2015/07/20/google-plus-photos-discontinued/

Our +Google+  photos aren't going away. +Google  is just moving around how they're accessed and organized. http://9to5google.com/2015/07/20/google-plus-photos-discontinued/___

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2015-07-20 20:20:50 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Hillary Clinton​ answered my question on the "gig economy” here on Facebook: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-gig-economy_55ad4a84e4b065dfe89f010c 

Q: Many jobs are going to be displaced by automation. Others may look quite different in a "gig economy," as you have recognized. Would you support a negative income tax? What about flexible benefits, like workers compensation or unemployment insurance, that are independent of any given employer, similar to the the model of the Affordable Care Act?

A: "You are asking exactly the kinds of questions that we all need to be asking about the future of work in an age of accelerating technological change. I certainly don’t have all the answers. But we have to resolve these questions while embracing the promise and potential of these new technologies and without stifling innovation or limiting theabilit... more »

Hillary Clinton​ answered my question on the "gig economy” here on Facebook: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-gig-economy_55ad4a84e4b065dfe89f010c 

Q: Many jobs are going to be displaced by automation. Others may look quite different in a "gig economy," as you have recognized. Would you support a negative income tax? What about flexible benefits, like workers compensation or unemployment insurance, that are independent of any given employer, similar to the the model of the Affordable Care Act?

A: "You are asking exactly the kinds of questions that we all need to be asking about the future of work in an age of accelerating technological change. I certainly don’t have all the answers. But we have to resolve these questions while embracing the promise and potential of these new technologies and without stifling innovation or limiting the ability of working moms and veterans and young people to get ahead. On the issue of benefits, the experience of the Affordable Care act shows that we need to make sure people have access to benefits and that they are portable as they move from job to job." -H___

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2015-07-20 17:23:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

NEW: My look at Civic Eagle, a new mobile-first "civic social network" with an interesting feature: video debates.   
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/civic-eagle-civic-social-network_55a96f3de4b0d2ded39f16cb

"We want the entire nation to join," said CEO Damola Ogundipe, in an interview with The Huffington Post. "Most of the time we have these kinds of conversations face to face, at the dinner table, at the water cooler and at work. We're not texting them or messaging them. We want to bring that kind of civic discourse where it's face to face, where you can empathize with them, to a mobile platform."

NEW: My look at Civic Eagle, a new mobile-first "civic social network" with an interesting feature: video debates.   
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/civic-eagle-civic-social-network_55a96f3de4b0d2ded39f16cb

"We want the entire nation to join," said CEO Damola Ogundipe, in an interview with The Huffington Post. "Most of the time we have these kinds of conversations face to face, at the dinner table, at the water cooler and at work. We're not texting them or messaging them. We want to bring that kind of civic discourse where it's face to face, where you can empathize with them, to a mobile platform."___

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2015-07-20 15:13:26 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite sent back this photo of Earth from a million miles away:  http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/nasa-captures-epic-earth-image

The Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite sent back this photo of Earth from a million miles away:  http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/nasa-captures-epic-earth-image___

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2015-07-19 15:42:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Missed today's Government Matters TV? I bet you did. Here's the segment I Skyped into, on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqLOZas4f48

You'll see that I was joined by a special guest, although she didn't offer her opinion on the pros and cons of a "disclose to one, disclose to all" policy for federal agencies responding to Freedom of Information Act requests. 

Missed today's Government Matters TV? I bet you did. Here's the segment I Skyped into, on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqLOZas4f48

You'll see that I was joined by a special guest, although she didn't offer her opinion on the pros and cons of a "disclose to one, disclose to all" policy for federal agencies responding to Freedom of Information Act requests. ___

2015-07-19 13:31:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Are you in the DC area? I’m about to be on Governent Matters TV on ABC 7 News, talking about FOIA pilots: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/with-release-to-one-release-to-all-us-pilots-new-freedom-of-information-policy_559f1661e4b05b1d0290135b If you tune in, you'll see a very special guest join me on air. I'll share a link to the video of the segment on YouTube later today.

Are you in the DC area? I’m about to be on Governent Matters TV on ABC 7 News, talking about FOIA pilots: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/with-release-to-one-release-to-all-us-pilots-new-freedom-of-information-policy_559f1661e4b05b1d0290135b If you tune in, you'll see a very special guest join me on air. I'll share a link to the video of the segment on YouTube later today.___

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2015-07-17 13:26:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hmmmmm.

A new commission will review the United Kingdom's Freedom of Information policy: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/freedom-of-information-new-commission The news dropped on a Friday in the summer. If you read between the lines, it's clear that the Secretary in question wants to create a "safe place" and weigh the costs of disclosure. There's a word for "safe places" for the discussion of public policy: secrecy. In other news, actual accountability and transparency for what public servants are doing  on behalf of the public is uncomfortable.

I wonder: how would U.S. media would react if Freedom of Information Act policy moved to the Cabinet from The Justice Department, as the UK has done today? 

On a side note, this commission is nearly all Lords. This makes the US Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council look like a paragon of civil society representation. http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/14/foia-advisory-committee-to-meet-on-721-in-washington-dc/___Hmmmmm.

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2015-07-17 13:26:16 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A new commission will review the United Kingdom's Freedom of Information policy: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/freedom-of-information-new-commission The news dropped on a Friday in the summer. If you read between the lines, it's clear that the Secretary in question wants to create a "safe place" and weigh the costs of disclosure. There's a word for "safe places" for the discussion of public policy: secrecy. In other news, actual accountability and transparency for what public servants are doing  on behalf of the public is uncomfortable.

I wonder: how would U.S. media would react if Freedom of Information Act policy moved to the Cabinet from The Justice Department, as the UK has done today? 

On a side note, this commission is nearly all Lords. This makes the US Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council look like a paragon of civil societyr... more »

A new commission will review the United Kingdom's Freedom of Information policy: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/freedom-of-information-new-commission The news dropped on a Friday in the summer. If you read between the lines, it's clear that the Secretary in question wants to create a "safe place" and weigh the costs of disclosure. There's a word for "safe places" for the discussion of public policy: secrecy. In other news, actual accountability and transparency for what public servants are doing  on behalf of the public is uncomfortable.

I wonder: how would U.S. media would react if Freedom of Information Act policy moved to the Cabinet from The Justice Department, as the UK has done today? 

On a side note, this commission is nearly all Lords. This makes the US Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council look like a paragon of civil society representation. http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/14/foia-advisory-committee-to-meet-on-721-in-washington-dc/___

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2015-07-16 22:29:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

If the house rule is no phones at the family dinner table, I think President Obama is setting a great example for the country. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-phones-dinner-table_55a7d2b8e4b04740a3df20e4

If the house rule is no phones at the family dinner table, I think President Obama is setting a great example for the country. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-phones-dinner-table_55a7d2b8e4b04740a3df20e4___

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2015-07-16 17:45:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I value the parenting advice I get on social media. My best source of support and advice, though? An email listserv.
http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/07/16/parents-and-social-media/ Figures: Pew Internet:

I value the parenting advice I get on social media. My best source of support and advice, though? An email listserv.
http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/07/16/parents-and-social-media/ Figures: Pew Internet:___

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2015-07-16 16:33:09 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

[NEW] With Connect Home, +The White House​ Wants To Close The "Homework Gap" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/connect-home-program_55a7b846e4b0896514d066b6

[NEW] With Connect Home, +The White House​ Wants To Close The "Homework Gap" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/connect-home-program_55a7b846e4b0896514d066b6___

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2015-07-16 13:40:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I'm impressed by the integration of tech, service & design at Clover in Cambridge. Square, social media, open spaces, good food.

I'm impressed by the integration of tech, service & design at Clover in Cambridge. Square, social media, open spaces, good food.___

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2015-07-16 12:22:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Democracy.io makes it easier to email your representatives in DC http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democracyio-makes-it-easier-to-email-your-representatives-in-dc_55a6d44fe4b0c5f0322c4cc4?miyvte29 #opengov #civictech 

Democracy.io makes it easier to email your representatives in DC http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democracyio-makes-it-easier-to-email-your-representatives-in-dc_55a6d44fe4b0c5f0322c4cc4?miyvte29 #opengov #civictech ___

2015-07-15 15:14:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

[NEW] Health Care On Demand? There's Now An App For That, Too. Along with concierge medicine, on-demand platforms that connect people to care will be part of the health care system's future http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55a54f0fe4b0a47ac15d8ce7?

[NEW] Health Care On Demand? There's Now An App For That, Too. Along with concierge medicine, on-demand platforms that connect people to care will be part of the health care system's future http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55a54f0fe4b0a47ac15d8ce7?___

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2015-07-15 15:04:43 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

News from our future/present. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/15/robot-hotel-japan_n_7801246.html Gotta say: this is not a particularly …hospitable-looking robot receptionist.

News from our future/present. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/15/robot-hotel-japan_n_7801246.html Gotta say: this is not a particularly …hospitable-looking robot receptionist.___

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2015-07-14 18:17:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Asking politicians where they stand on Uber is probably inevitable in this upcoming election season. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/innovation-hillary-clinton_55a51147e4b0a47ac15d5540?

It's unlikely that this Congress will seriously consider a universal basic income. That said, that policy suggestion, along with proposals for negative income tax or flexible benefits, like workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance that aren't dependent on any employer, shouldn’t be beyond the boundary of debate. 

Here's hoping that more reporters on the campaign trail ask them where they stand on these kinds of specific policy questions, helping the country to have the healthy democratic debate it needs to hash out better answers. 

Asking politicians where they stand on Uber is probably inevitable in this upcoming election season. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/innovation-hillary-clinton_55a51147e4b0a47ac15d5540?

It's unlikely that this Congress will seriously consider a universal basic income. That said, that policy suggestion, along with proposals for negative income tax or flexible benefits, like workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance that aren't dependent on any employer, shouldn’t be beyond the boundary of debate. 

Here's hoping that more reporters on the campaign trail ask them where they stand on these kinds of specific policy questions, helping the country to have the healthy democratic debate it needs to hash out better answers. ___

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2015-07-14 01:32:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Open government advocates are generally hailing a new series of Freedom of Information Act pilots in seven different federal government agencies. Some journalists, however, have concerns about the impact "release to one, release to all" could have on their investigations.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/journalists-foia-policy_55a422a6e4b0a47ac15d238e?l8035wmi 

Open government advocates are generally hailing a new series of Freedom of Information Act pilots in seven different federal government agencies. Some journalists, however, have concerns about the impact "release to one, release to all" could have on their investigations.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/journalists-foia-policy_55a422a6e4b0a47ac15d238e?l8035wmi ___

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2015-07-14 01:31:54 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Too much transparency?

Open government advocates are generally hailing a new series of Freedom of Information Act pilots in seven different federal government agencies. Some journalists, however, have concerns about the impact "release to one, release to all" could have on their investigations.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/journalists-foia-policy_55a422a6e4b0a47ac15d238e?l8035wmi 

Too much transparency?

Open government advocates are generally hailing a new series of Freedom of Information Act pilots in seven different federal government agencies. Some journalists, however, have concerns about the impact "release to one, release to all" could have on their investigations.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/journalists-foia-policy_55a422a6e4b0a47ac15d238e?l8035wmi ___

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2015-07-13 21:36:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Making Dollars and Sense of the On-Demand Economy

We've been inundated with stories about how advances in technology will change employment -- from the rise of the "on-demand economy" to the effect of artificial intelligence and automation on jobs. A June report from the McKinsey Global Institute, however, makes a strong case that one particular application of technology is not only having a healthy effect on jobs and productivity, but could also add $2.7 trillion to global gross domestic product in the next decade.  

The report, entitled "Connecting talent with opportunity," looks at so-called "online talent platforms" such as LinkedIn, Monster.com, Uber and TaskRabbit. These platforms, McKinsey argues, can combat the problem of stagnant wage growth by "connect[ing] individuals to the right work opportunities."

Put simply,... more »

Making Dollars and Sense of the On-Demand Economy

We've been inundated with stories about how advances in technology will change employment -- from the rise of the "on-demand economy" to the effect of artificial intelligence and automation on jobs. A June report from the McKinsey Global Institute, however, makes a strong case that one particular application of technology is not only having a healthy effect on jobs and productivity, but could also add $2.7 trillion to global gross domestic product in the next decade.  

The report, entitled "Connecting talent with opportunity," looks at so-called "online talent platforms" such as LinkedIn, Monster.com, Uber and TaskRabbit. These platforms, McKinsey argues, can combat the problem of stagnant wage growth by "connect[ing] individuals to the right work opportunities."

Put simply, these sites, services and apps match the labor supply with demand more efficiently than current mechanisms do. McKinsey's research suggests that the long-term effects of digital talent marketplaces could shorten the length of time that people are unemployed and provide more opportunities for freelance workers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/online-talent-platforms_55a03545e4b0b8145f72ccf6

If on-demand platforms become enduring institutions in labor markets, however, then nations with significant numbers of contractors will need a different kind of social compact than what existed in the last century that fits a different kind of labor and work.___

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