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Kevin Kelly544,932Sign up to hangout on air with us: http://goo.gl/TR7xI7Tim O'Reilly and Kevin Kelly on Makers and Cool Tools2014-02-24 23:00:00105  
Reinvent832,495Here's a really hard problem that Larry Lessig is not sure how to solve: "Let's assume we've got a fundamentally corrupt government, in the precise sense that the dependence upon "funders" corrupts the intended dependence upon "the people alone," and that too many within that system are too deeply connected to it to push for its change. That means any effective movement for change has got to come from the outside. How would a grassroots movement in the Internet Age create the pressure such a change would require? How would the people who brought the Internet to scale tackle this problem?" Joining Larry in his effort is a veritable who's who of internet know-how, the folks who have built & scaled networks for change: internet pioneer Tim O'Reilly, Change.org Founder Ben Rattray, Moveon.org Executive Director Anna Galland, VC Brad Burnham, Executive Producer of TED Media June Cohen, Bram Cohen, creator of BitTorrent, and Markos Moulitsas, Founder of Daily Kos. Reinvent Money in Politics2013-07-11 20:00:00191  
Reinvent832,495Tim O'Reilly has some big ideas about how to dramatically modernize government regulation, from "algorithmic regulation" that harnesses computer power much like top tech companies in Silicon Valley to peer-to-peer self-regulation, where citizens increasingly take over from government bureaucrats, like relying more on Yelp-like reviews to keep an eye on restaurants. For more on the frame of the conversation in this virtual roundtable as well as who will be participating, check out the dedicated page linked below.  Reinventors is a series of virtual roundtables done over the new medium of group video about how to fundamentally reinvent many of our 20th-century systems to work in the new realities of our 21st-century world. Each week we take on a new topic in our inaugural project to Reinvent America. Check out www.reinventors.net to learn more.Reinvent Regulation with Tim O'Reilly2013-04-23 20:00:00131  
Vic Gundotra6,922,332Join us for a night of interactive simulations, hands-on experiences and live musical performances from Train and Paul Oakenfold. If you’re attending, make sure to grab the latest Google+ app for your Android phone and turn on Party Mode to share your experience with the world. #io12Google I/O After Hours with Train and Paul Oakenfold!2012-06-27 19:00:002648  

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2015-09-20 15:35:36 (51 comments; 23 reshares; 136 +1s)Open 

I was a Reagan fan, back in 1980.

You have to cut me some slack. I was 17. Today, 35 years later -- I'm still a bit of a Reagan fan. Not much for the things he actually did, though there are some things I can point at even today and say he got right -- but for what he claimed to want.

(What did he do? California's Briggs Iniative, in 1978. It would have prevented gay Americans from working in schools. The Anita Bryant wing of the Republican Party was all in favor of it. Reagan, who was about to run for President, got pushed hard to at least keep his mouth shut bout it -- instead he wrote a letter opposing it, and an editorial in the Herald-Examiner against it as well.

(What else? I'm unclear that anything the U.S. did actually accelerated the collapse of the Soviet Union; the idea that we spent them into bankruptcy is not really falsifiable. But he was right to... more »

Most reshares: 71

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2015-10-31 19:09:04 (27 comments; 71 reshares; 179 +1s)Open 

Totally hilarious and spot-on. Has to be the best public service video ever done by a government office.  A small police department in the UK.

Most plusones: 227

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2015-11-23 20:01:59 (28 comments; 42 reshares; 227 +1s)Open 

John Oliver: "There was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true..."“...and we’ll be celebrating it on Thursday.”

That's maybe the best line, but there's lots of substance here too. Well worth watching.

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2016-01-25 19:09:57 (16 comments; 9 reshares; 81 +1s)Open 

A lot of people have asked me to respond to +Paul Graham’s piece about income inequality. Here it is. I suspect that this is just one more step in a long discussion that we will be having.

A lot of people have asked me to respond to +Paul Graham’s piece about income inequality. Here it is. I suspect that this is just one more step in a long discussion that we will be having.___

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2016-01-13 17:09:10 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 69 +1s)Open 

So nice to see @pahlkadot and @codeforamerica recognized by the 2016 David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship http://www.jointventure.org/news-and-media/news-releases/1354-code-for-america-founder-jennifer-pahlka-named-recipient-of-joint-venture-s-2016-packard-award

So nice to see @pahlkadot and @codeforamerica recognized by the 2016 David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship http://www.jointventure.org/news-and-media/news-releases/1354-code-for-america-founder-jennifer-pahlka-named-recipient-of-joint-venture-s-2016-packard-award___

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2016-01-13 12:21:43 (8 comments; 15 reshares; 204 +1s)Open 

Love this thought!

___Love this thought!

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2015-12-25 20:17:13 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 57 +1s)Open 

I've been deeply touched by the stories of Syrian refugees in Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York feed, and a great way to help is through direct donations to the families involved, through HONY's Generosity Fundraiser:



I've been deeply touched by the stories of Syrian refugees in Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York feed, and a great way to help is through direct donations to the families involved, through HONY's Generosity Fundraiser:

___

2015-12-20 00:39:08 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Excellent MIT Tech Review  profile of my friend Gary Marcus and his #AI company Geometric Intelligence http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/544606/can-this-man-make-ai-more-human/ 

Excellent MIT Tech Review  profile of my friend Gary Marcus and his #AI company Geometric Intelligence http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/544606/can-this-man-make-ai-more-human/ ___

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2015-12-17 18:13:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

I'll be on the Breaking Banks podcast at noon pacific time today, talking about technology and the coming disruption of financial markets. This is also the subject of our upcoming Next:Money conference. (http://conferences.oreilly.com/nextcon/money-fintech-us)

I'll be on the Breaking Banks podcast at noon pacific time today, talking about technology and the coming disruption of financial markets. This is also the subject of our upcoming Next:Money conference. (http://conferences.oreilly.com/nextcon/money-fintech-us)___

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2015-12-17 01:32:09 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

This is the fascinating bit: "the rise of sharing economy companies follows rather than causes the bulk of the increase in independent contracting."

This is the fascinating bit: "the rise of sharing economy companies follows rather than causes the bulk of the increase in independent contracting."___

2015-12-11 12:31:07 (23 comments; 3 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

I dreamed last night that Donald Trump was taking people on a tour through a haunted house, and leaving them to pay a big bill afterward. Pretty apt symbolism.

I dreamed last night that Donald Trump was taking people on a tour through a haunted house, and leaving them to pay a big bill afterward. Pretty apt symbolism.___

2015-12-05 18:02:02 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Nassau, The Bahamas Airport Travel Advice

If anyone happens to travel to Nassau, the Bahamas, I thought I'd pass on a travel tip.  They insist that you get to the airport 3 hours before your flight, and that turns out to be completely unnecessary.  I tried to target 90 minutes, just to be safe, but the event organizers for the event I was at hustled me out to get there about two hours before the flight. 

It took me no more than ten minutes to get through the entire process - security AND US Customs, so I ended up at the gate for the better part of two hours.  

Your mileage may vary - I have global entry, but even without that, there was no line.  However, I was told at the airport that it was particularly light, and that if you have to check baggage or check in at the airport, the check in desks close an hour before the flight.  But if you have a boardingpass,... more »

Nassau, The Bahamas Airport Travel Advice

If anyone happens to travel to Nassau, the Bahamas, I thought I'd pass on a travel tip.  They insist that you get to the airport 3 hours before your flight, and that turns out to be completely unnecessary.  I tried to target 90 minutes, just to be safe, but the event organizers for the event I was at hustled me out to get there about two hours before the flight. 

It took me no more than ten minutes to get through the entire process - security AND US Customs, so I ended up at the gate for the better part of two hours.  

Your mileage may vary - I have global entry, but even without that, there was no line.  However, I was told at the airport that it was particularly light, and that if you have to check baggage or check in at the airport, the check in desks close an hour before the flight.  But if you have a boarding pass, and aren't checking luggage, I'd bet an hour before the flight is easily sufficient.

I suppose that it is worth checking how many other flights are going out about the same time as yours. At my hotel, they listed all the flights, so it would be easy to see. I was traveling on the first flight out on a Saturday morning, and there may be other times that are much more crowded.  ___

2015-12-05 15:05:01 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Amazing story about digital transformation http://www.codeforamerica.org/blog/2015/11/30/a-new-approach-to-procuring-government-technology-in-california/ "Government Procurement: A New Hope” :-)

"This fall, I started working with a small, cross-agency team at the California state capital in Sacramento to see how practical and realistic it would be to move from a traditional, large, and typically risky RFP for an entire system to a set of smaller RFPs, explicitly requiring user-centered, agile, iterative development. With this would come a fundamental change: from procuring or buying a set solution to building California’s ability to understand, direct, and control the critical technology needed for government to do its job well....

"But why would a Child Welfare System in particular be a good choice for this new approach? Child welfare services personnel inCal... more »

Amazing story about digital transformation http://www.codeforamerica.org/blog/2015/11/30/a-new-approach-to-procuring-government-technology-in-california/ "Government Procurement: A New Hope” :-)

"This fall, I started working with a small, cross-agency team at the California state capital in Sacramento to see how practical and realistic it would be to move from a traditional, large, and typically risky RFP for an entire system to a set of smaller RFPs, explicitly requiring user-centered, agile, iterative development. With this would come a fundamental change: from procuring or buying a set solution to building California’s ability to understand, direct, and control the critical technology needed for government to do its job well....

"But why would a Child Welfare System in particular be a good choice for this new approach? Child welfare services personnel in California investigate nearly half a million reports of severe maltreatment and life-threatening neglect to children a year. Of those half a million, around 80,000 reports are confirmed annually, 30,000 children must be removed from their homes, and at any time almost 100,000 children are living in foster care for their protection or live with their parents under close county protective supervision. The Child Welfare System was the perfect choice for a new approach because it’s too important to fail."___

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2015-12-01 01:40:13 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Cool use of Minecraft for conservation!

Cool use of Minecraft for conservation!___

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2015-11-30 17:31:50 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Safari is O'Reilly's subscription access program - thousands of hours of video (including full video from many O'Reilly conferences) and tens of thousands of books from O'Reilly and many other publishers.  Check out our cyber-Monday offer: $199/year for complete access.

Safari is O'Reilly's subscription access program - thousands of hours of video (including full video from many O'Reilly conferences) and tens of thousands of books from O'Reilly and many other publishers.  Check out our cyber-Monday offer: $199/year for complete access.___

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2015-11-23 20:01:59 (28 comments; 42 reshares; 227 +1s)Open 

John Oliver: "There was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true..."“...and we’ll be celebrating it on Thursday.”

That's maybe the best line, but there's lots of substance here too. Well worth watching.

John Oliver: "There was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true..."“...and we’ll be celebrating it on Thursday.”

That's maybe the best line, but there's lots of substance here too. Well worth watching.___

2015-11-19 15:24:44 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Video learning paths have been a huge hit on oreilly.com. They are available on @safari too.

Video learning paths have been a huge hit on oreilly.com. They are available on @safari too.___

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2015-11-18 00:31:17 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Here are the 2016 @codeforamerica Fellowship partner cities. Can’t wait to see the impact of these projects!

Here are the 2016 @codeforamerica Fellowship partner cities. Can’t wait to see the impact of these projects!___

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2015-11-11 16:57:37 (5 comments; 36 reshares; 87 +1s)Open 

Absolutely brilliant piece about complexity, public policy, and business From #NextEconomy speaker Esko Kilpi. He is such a fresh business thinker. Every time I read his stuff, I come away looking at the world differently.

Absolutely brilliant piece about complexity, public policy, and business From #NextEconomy speaker Esko Kilpi. He is such a fresh business thinker. Every time I read his stuff, I come away looking at the world differently.___

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2015-11-10 16:11:03 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

Portable benefits tied to the worker, not the company, are key to rethinking the social safety net for the #NextEconomy I'm proud to be a signatory to this open letter calling for this key policy innovation. One thing I'd add is that this could have an impact on traditional W2 workers as well, making it easier for them to work for multiple employers. https://medium.com/@principles/common-ground-for-independent-workers-83f3fbcf548f

Portable benefits tied to the worker, not the company, are key to rethinking the social safety net for the #NextEconomy I'm proud to be a signatory to this open letter calling for this key policy innovation. One thing I'd add is that this could have an impact on traditional W2 workers as well, making it easier for them to work for multiple employers. https://medium.com/@principles/common-ground-for-independent-workers-83f3fbcf548f___

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2015-11-10 01:02:19 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

I was on KQED Forum this morning, talking with Michael Krasny about technology and the future of work - and how companies need to change as a result of some current trends.

I was on KQED Forum this morning, talking with Michael Krasny about technology and the future of work - and how companies need to change as a result of some current trends.___

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2015-11-06 19:05:33 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

I just finished my product hunt AMA. I wrote quite a bit, on a lot of topics! https://www.producthunt.com/live/tim-o-reilly

I just finished my product hunt AMA. I wrote quite a bit, on a lot of topics! https://www.producthunt.com/live/tim-o-reilly___

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2015-11-06 16:08:29 (44 comments; 44 reshares; 135 +1s)Open 

I loved this piece! Why companies invest in the future, and why nations should do so too.  

I loved this piece! Why companies invest in the future, and why nations should do so too.  ___

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2015-11-06 14:43:33 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

I'm doing a ProductHunt AMA at 9 am PT this morning.  I love getting people thinking harder about how technology can make the world a better place. In the past, I've focused a lot on areas like open source software and the implications of big data and collective intelligence. Right now, I'm exploring how AI, robotics, the on-demand economy, and augmented reality are changing the future of work. I'm running the Next:Economy Summit to explore the implications for business, for workers, and for the economy as a whole. Ask me anything, but I'd particularly like to talk about the future of work.

I'm doing a ProductHunt AMA at 9 am PT this morning.  I love getting people thinking harder about how technology can make the world a better place. In the past, I've focused a lot on areas like open source software and the implications of big data and collective intelligence. Right now, I'm exploring how AI, robotics, the on-demand economy, and augmented reality are changing the future of work. I'm running the Next:Economy Summit to explore the implications for business, for workers, and for the economy as a whole. Ask me anything, but I'd particularly like to talk about the future of work.___

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2015-11-04 15:55:05 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Just published a narrative describing the nearly final schedule for the Next:Economy Summit. Hope to see many of you there!

Just published a narrative describing the nearly final schedule for the Next:Economy Summit. Hope to see many of you there!___

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2015-11-01 17:48:50 (1 comments; 11 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

This is a wonderful meditation by Walter Isaacson on the role of imagination in science, on the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity http://nyti.ms/1NKuKgB 

This is a wonderful meditation by Walter Isaacson on the role of imagination in science, on the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity http://nyti.ms/1NKuKgB ___

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2015-10-31 19:21:41 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

I wasn’t entirely happy with my new #NextEconomy piece, Escaping the Superstar Syndrome, so I updated it this morning. BTW, despite the cover picture, it's not about basketball, but about what the new economy teaches us about valuing every worker, giving them the freedom to do their best, and building better teams.

I wasn’t entirely happy with my new #NextEconomy piece, Escaping the Superstar Syndrome, so I updated it this morning. BTW, despite the cover picture, it's not about basketball, but about what the new economy teaches us about valuing every worker, giving them the freedom to do their best, and building better teams.___

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2015-10-31 19:09:04 (27 comments; 71 reshares; 179 +1s)Open 

Totally hilarious and spot-on. Has to be the best public service video ever done by a government office.  A small police department in the UK.

Totally hilarious and spot-on. Has to be the best public service video ever done by a government office.  A small police department in the UK.___

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2015-10-28 18:08:41 (6 comments; 11 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

It's easy to think that the technology revolution that started in Silicon Valley doesn't apply to your company - until it does. (Just ask taxi companies and hotels, who have now joined media companies in the crosshairs of disruption.) But you don't have to wait to be run over. Watch this keynote by Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO at GE, to see how understanding where technology is going can help any business to transform itself. That's why I've got Jeff on stage with me at my Next:Economy Summit, Nov 12-13 in San Francisco https://conferences.oreilly.com/next-economy

It's easy to think that the technology revolution that started in Silicon Valley doesn't apply to your company - until it does. (Just ask taxi companies and hotels, who have now joined media companies in the crosshairs of disruption.) But you don't have to wait to be run over. Watch this keynote by Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO at GE, to see how understanding where technology is going can help any business to transform itself. That's why I've got Jeff on stage with me at my Next:Economy Summit, Nov 12-13 in San Francisco https://conferences.oreilly.com/next-economy___

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2015-10-28 16:14:05 (23 comments; 37 reshares; 140 +1s)Open 

So Bill Gates thinks we need to 'science the shit' out of energy (and have a carbon tax.) So do I.

So Bill Gates thinks we need to 'science the shit' out of energy (and have a carbon tax.) So do I.___

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2015-10-27 20:49:22 (9 comments; 8 reshares; 69 +1s)Open 

I thought Google was a one-trick pony! :-)

Pretty stunning history, esp. when you remember the browser wars of yore and how long we web developers were stuck working around IE6 bugs. :) I distinctly remember hearing about the first release of Chrome and thinking "oh jeez, not another browser to worry about...was this really necessary?" but these past seven years have certainly vindicated that team's heroic efforts!___I thought Google was a one-trick pony! :-)

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2015-10-27 20:47:20 (14 comments; 17 reshares; 76 +1s)Open 

One reason I use f.lux on my mac, and wish it were available for all my devices...

One reason I use f.lux on my mac, and wish it were available for all my devices...___

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2015-10-27 16:52:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

I explain to Emily Chang at Bloomberg the urgency of the issues that I'm wrestling with in my Next:Economy Summit (Nov 12-13 in San Francisco, https://conferences.oreilly.com/next-economy), and why so many senior tech leaders are going to be there. 

I explain to Emily Chang at Bloomberg the urgency of the issues that I'm wrestling with in my Next:Economy Summit (Nov 12-13 in San Francisco, https://conferences.oreilly.com/next-economy), and why so many senior tech leaders are going to be there. ___

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2015-10-17 18:35:07 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Crate stacking is hard! (At least for me.) But there's so much other great stuff at East Bay Mini Maker Faire​ in Oakland tomorrow. I'll be there. If you live in the Bay Area, come on over!

Crate stacking is hard! (At least for me.) But there's so much other great stuff at East Bay Mini Maker Faire​ in Oakland tomorrow. I'll be there. If you live in the Bay Area, come on over!___

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2015-10-17 16:48:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Part One of my NBC Press:Here TV interview from Friday. I talk about the history and mission of O'Reilly Media, the on-demand economy, unicorns and bubbles, and my upcoming Next:Economy Summit. (Part Two is in a separate post.)

http://www.pressheretv.com/tim-oreilly/

Part One of my NBC Press:Here TV interview from Friday. I talk about the history and mission of O'Reilly Media, the on-demand economy, unicorns and bubbles, and my upcoming Next:Economy Summit. (Part Two is in a separate post.)

http://www.pressheretv.com/tim-oreilly/___

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2015-10-17 16:47:07 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Part Two of my NBC Press:Here TV interview from 

Part Two of my NBC Press:Here TV interview from ___

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2015-10-15 15:43:21 (5 comments; 14 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

"Surely Democrats and Republicans could agree to cut billions from a failed program like this!" you think. What their failure to do so says something about politics, but I think it also speaks to the failed regulatory model that we use to manage programs like this.  From the article:  

"Consider the Education Management Corporation, which runs 110 schools in the United States for chefs, artists and other trades. It has been investigated or sued in recent years by prosecutors in at least 12 states. The Justice Department has accused the company of illegally using incentives to pay its recruiters. And last year, investors filed a class-action lawsuit, contending that the company engaged in deceptive enrollment practices and manipulated federal student loan and grant programs. Education Management nonetheless received more than $1.25 billion in federal money over the last schoolye... more »

"Surely Democrats and Republicans could agree to cut billions from a failed program like this!" you think. What their failure to do so says something about politics, but I think it also speaks to the failed regulatory model that we use to manage programs like this.  From the article:  

"Consider the Education Management Corporation, which runs 110 schools in the United States for chefs, artists and other trades. It has been investigated or sued in recent years by prosecutors in at least 12 states. The Justice Department has accused the company of illegally using incentives to pay its recruiters. And last year, investors filed a class-action lawsuit, contending that the company engaged in deceptive enrollment practices and manipulated federal student loan and grant programs. Education Management nonetheless received more than $1.25 billion in federal money over the last school year....

"The continuing flow of money illustrates the quandary facing federal education officials. On one hand, they have moved forcefully to try to protect taxpayer funds and prevent students from falling deeply into debt without anything to show for it. On the other, they must avoid running roughshod over private for-profit schools that have not been found guilty of wrongdoing. Agency officials point out that they cannot withhold money based on accusations, but must have proof of misconduct."

The fundamental notion that you can only regulate by punishing wrongdoing is at the heart of the failure. Good regulatory systems are management systems, that keep a system operating smoothly.

A plane's autopilot does not kick in after the plane has crashed. It is designed to keep it from crashing. Credit card fraud detection software doesn't wait till you've gone bankrupt from fraudulent charges to intervene and stop further transactions. Google search quality doesn't reserve space in the top spots for spammers lest it hurt their business!

These practical and commercial regulatory regimes should be a model for how we think about government regulation as well.

I've written about this topic at greater length in my article Open Data and Algorithmic Regulation:  http://beyondtransparency.org/chapters/part-5/open-data-and-algorithmic-regulation/___

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2015-10-06 17:34:08 (7 comments; 12 reshares; 55 +1s)Open 

I love that +Kickstarter  and the UN Refugee Agency are partnering to raise money for Syrian refugees. This is a real opportunity to step up folks. It's easy to do "clicktivism." Let's raise some serious money for people who are in real need.

If you want some human stories about the refugee crisis, go to humansofnewyork.com (or follow here, or  on Instagram or Facebook.) Brandon Stanton has been doing an amazing job of humanizing the crisis. +Humans of New York 

I love that +Kickstarter  and the UN Refugee Agency are partnering to raise money for Syrian refugees. This is a real opportunity to step up folks. It's easy to do "clicktivism." Let's raise some serious money for people who are in real need.

If you want some human stories about the refugee crisis, go to humansofnewyork.com (or follow here, or  on Instagram or Facebook.) Brandon Stanton has been doing an amazing job of humanizing the crisis. +Humans of New York ___

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2015-09-30 19:03:29 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Data can play a great role in advancing sustainability. I'm quoted in this short video from Planet Labs, in conjunction with their speech at the UN, about the need for a common data infrastructure for sustainability.

Data can play a great role in advancing sustainability. I'm quoted in this short video from Planet Labs, in conjunction with their speech at the UN, about the need for a common data infrastructure for sustainability.___

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2015-09-27 16:55:58 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

This story of Afghan “aid” highlights how often cupidity and political theater overrule strategic goals. So often in Washington, the press conference and the resulting coverage is the main objective. And foreign aid is so often seen as a way to boost American businesses rather than a clear-eyed and sincere attempt to solve a problem. 

This story of Afghan “aid” highlights how often cupidity and political theater overrule strategic goals. So often in Washington, the press conference and the resulting coverage is the main objective. And foreign aid is so often seen as a way to boost American businesses rather than a clear-eyed and sincere attempt to solve a problem. ___

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2015-09-25 15:43:00 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

My latest post on Medium. I describe what makes a real unicorn. Hint: It's not the valuation.

My latest post on Medium. I describe what makes a real unicorn. Hint: It's not the valuation.___

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2015-09-20 15:35:36 (51 comments; 23 reshares; 136 +1s)Open 

This is very good. Republicans and Democrats alike should read it.

I was a Reagan fan, back in 1980.

You have to cut me some slack. I was 17. Today, 35 years later -- I'm still a bit of a Reagan fan. Not much for the things he actually did, though there are some things I can point at even today and say he got right -- but for what he claimed to want.

(What did he do? California's Briggs Iniative, in 1978. It would have prevented gay Americans from working in schools. The Anita Bryant wing of the Republican Party was all in favor of it. Reagan, who was about to run for President, got pushed hard to at least keep his mouth shut bout it -- instead he wrote a letter opposing it, and an editorial in the Herald-Examiner against it as well.

(What else? I'm unclear that anything the U.S. did actually accelerated the collapse of the Soviet Union; the idea that we spent them into bankruptcy is not really falsifiable. But he was right to stand against it -- he did and never wavered.)

But where Reagan touched me, moved me, really connected with me to the point where I was prepared to become a conservative murderbot and Spread the Good News, was when he talked about the evils of deficit spending, the evils of borrowing from your children.

"You and I, as individuals," he said, "can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but only for a limited period of time. Why should we think that collectively as a nation we are not bound by that same limitation?"

It made sense to me then, and it makes sense to me now. No, a country is not a household; I've seen that meme too. But a country is a finite set of resources, and when those resources are heading out of the country to pay overseas lenders, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars a year, son, you got a condition.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time discussing the extraordinary gap in performance on the deficit between Democratic and Republican administrations, post-1980. In Republican Administrations the deficit goes up, and in Democratic Administrations the deficit goes down. Period. This is a 35-year coincidental correlation, at this point -- and it's not the House, which allegedly holds the power of the purse; the deficit's gone up with Democratic Houses and Republican Presidents, down with Democratic Houses and Republican Presidents; up with Republican Houses and Republican Presidents (exploded under Bush and Speaker Hastert) -- and down with Republican Houses and Democratic Presidents. (Indeed -- Republican House and Republican President is the worst combination; Republican House and Democratic President the best, by far, for controlling spending. There's something to be said for the hatred Republicans have for Democratic Presidents.)

But I am going to spend some time breaking down Ronald Reagan's performance on the deficit, because he's pretty much where all this started: said one thing, did very much another.

Let's start by dismissing the argument that the House was responsible for all this. It's not true, at its core. Ronald Reagan requested $29.4 billion more in spending than Congress passed. Conservative/libertarian types will dispute this. If you want to understand how this gag works, read here:

http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/56More.htm

So Congress was slightly more responsible than Reagan, yeah. This isn't saying much: those budgets were disasters, and the disaster was almost immediately evident to everyone: in fiscal 1981 the deficit was $78B, the debt was $994B, and the debt as a percentage of GDP was 34% -- that last number is the best way to understand what's going on with these numbers; inflation lowers the value of the dollar, over time, but GDP is GDP.

By 1989 the deficit was $152B, the debt was 2.9 Trillion, and the debt as a percentage of GDP was 55%.

What caused this? Tax cuts, and spending hikes. You think Democrats spend like crazy, you haven't paid attention to either of the Reagan or Bush II administrations.

A word in favor of very nearly the last Republican politician I actually liked -- Bush I loved his country, raised taxes, and primed the pump for the Clinton Administration's eventual elimination of the deficit, and a decade of economic good times. Clinton mostly gets credit for that, but it was him, a brave Democratic Congress in the year of Clinton's first budget, and George HW Bush, who deserve the credit. (Don't the Republicans in the House, who fought Clinton at every turn deserve some credit? Well, at the level of causing complete paralysis, they do; the modern House deserves the same sort of credit for Obama's budget deficits dropping. I'm not clear if seething hatred is really praiseworthy, but at the level of only caring about results, thanks, guys.)

But back to Reagan -- we can argue Obama another decade. (And will, for all the decades I have left.)

One of the things Reagan gets credit for is that, in the face of mounting deficits, he did in fact raise taxes. Several times. And he did. But it's worthwhile, comparing his tax cuts and his tax hikes.

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/09/reagan-tax-increases/

The total of Reagan's tax cuts: $275B.

The total of Reagan's tax hikes: $133B.

So one of those numbers is twice as big as the other. And what's more, they're different kinds of tax cuts and tax hikes. They redistributed the tax burden: the cuts helped the wealthy; the hikes hit the middle and working classes. Ronald Reagan, in eight years, shifted the tax burden from the wealthy to the middle class and poor, and took a debt that had required 80-odd years to create (a debt that Robert Heinlein found horrifying when it was still relatively small) -- and tripled it in two terms.

I missed voting for Ronald Reagan by three weeks: I turned 18 on November 30, 1980. It's a truism that people tend to stick with their first votes; they've got skin in the game, they want the person they voted for to succeed, and whichever party that person belongs to, is the party they tend to vote for, going forward, for the rest of their lives. (And this is why Obama's two great performances with the young is so long-term scary for the GOP -- it's not just that they voted Democratic now; they're going to vote Democrat til they die.)

Alternate worlds -- I can picture a world where I'd been born on November 1, instead of November 30. I'd have voted for Reagan, without a doubt. (I thought then, and think now, that Jimmy Carter was a terrible President.) Would I then have spent the next four years desperately searching for justifications for his brutal budgets, his failure to deliver on the thing that made me a Reaganista in the first place? I don't know. I like to think not, but people are far more rationalizing than rational, to mention Robert Heinlein for the second time.

Somewhere in another splinter of time, is a slightly older version of me busy writing the exact opposite of this piece, with the same conviction with which I wrote this one? Maybe. If so, hi there, Dan: I love you anyway. You're wrong, though.___This is very good. Republicans and Democrats alike should read it.

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2015-09-20 15:31:44 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

How fragile life is, even for the best of us. We heard this morning that our friend Jake Brewer was killed yesterday in a bike accident. 

I try to take comfort in poetry. I have always loved Wallace Stevens' thoughts in Esthetique du Mal in moments like this:

"He breathes a summer sleep,
In which his wound is good because life was.
No part of him was ever part of death."

And yes, there is somehow a deep continuity, in which we all one way or another come to that moment of our undoing, and our end is just one more part of a good life. None of us know when it will be. So we have to make the most of each moment - and that's what Jake did, throwing himself into life, fully.

But it's still a tragedy. Edna St Vincent Millay captured that tragedy perfectly in Dirge without Music:

"I am not resigned to the shutting away of... more »

How fragile life is, even for the best of us. We heard this morning that our friend Jake Brewer was killed yesterday in a bike accident. 

I try to take comfort in poetry. I have always loved Wallace Stevens' thoughts in Esthetique du Mal in moments like this:

"He breathes a summer sleep,
In which his wound is good because life was.
No part of him was ever part of death."

And yes, there is somehow a deep continuity, in which we all one way or another come to that moment of our undoing, and our end is just one more part of a good life. None of us know when it will be. So we have to make the most of each moment - and that's what Jake did, throwing himself into life, fully.

But it's still a tragedy. Edna St Vincent Millay captured that tragedy perfectly in Dirge without Music:

"I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,—
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned."___

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2015-09-15 15:02:00 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Just published the latest in my #WTFEconomy (What's the Future of Work) series of essays on Medium. I make the case for Uber's surge pricing, and point out that algorithms don’t stand still.

Just published the latest in my #WTFEconomy (What's the Future of Work) series of essays on Medium. I make the case for Uber's surge pricing, and point out that algorithms don’t stand still.___

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2015-09-14 01:05:09 (3 comments; 11 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

Neil Gaiman is a magical writer. This is a fabulous opportunity to own DRM-free ebooks by Neil, with the proceeds going to charity.

Neil Gaiman is a magical writer. This is a fabulous opportunity to own DRM-free ebooks by Neil, with the proceeds going to charity.___

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2015-09-01 12:50:46 (5 comments; 39 reshares; 85 +1s)Open 

So good: "Overwork is not defined by the amount of our day work occupies but by the amount of our selves tied up to it. We “over” work not when we work too hard but when working becomes less of a means and more of an end. When meditation, exercise, sleep, holidays, and even parenting, are cast as tools to make us better workers."

So good: "Overwork is not defined by the amount of our day work occupies but by the amount of our selves tied up to it. We “over” work not when we work too hard but when working becomes less of a means and more of an end. When meditation, exercise, sleep, holidays, and even parenting, are cast as tools to make us better workers."___

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2015-08-31 20:58:56 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 77 +1s)Open 

The full piece is worth reading, but this was a tough paragraph to read: "What Hurricane Katrina, the floodwall and levee collapses, and the aftermath taught me is that America, and its institutions, simply don’t work — and that people like it that way. Perhaps this is a boilerplate observation, so obvious in light of what happened there, and all our other disasters and chronic problems — the Iraq war, political gridlock, gun violence, and a thousand other things. But I believe this is an under-appreciated point. America is an optimistic nation. It has a short memory. Our political system and media don’t really learn very obvious lessons that unspool right in front of everyone’s faces. And so we end up repeating our errors — at least, some of them — to great sorrow. And I expect the sorrow is going to get a lot greater in the coming decades."

Myrecollection is that someone ... more »

The full piece is worth reading, but this was a tough paragraph to read: "What Hurricane Katrina, the floodwall and levee collapses, and the aftermath taught me is that America, and its institutions, simply don’t work — and that people like it that way. Perhaps this is a boilerplate observation, so obvious in light of what happened there, and all our other disasters and chronic problems — the Iraq war, political gridlock, gun violence, and a thousand other things. But I believe this is an under-appreciated point. America is an optimistic nation. It has a short memory. Our political system and media don’t really learn very obvious lessons that unspool right in front of everyone’s faces. And so we end up repeating our errors — at least, some of them — to great sorrow. And I expect the sorrow is going to get a lot greater in the coming decades."

My recollection is that someone shared a photoset on Flickr, and that was the eye opener for me about how bad things were post-Katrina. It was also an eye opener about the power of what would eventually be called social media: people sharing information, photos, and opinions with each other directly.___

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2015-08-31 17:23:38 (4 comments; 18 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

Here is the latest in my #WTFeconomy  series of posts on Medium. (Earlier posts include The WTF Economy (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/the-wtf-economy-a3bd5f52ef00) and Networks and the Nature of the Firm (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/networks-and-the-nature-of-the-firm-28790b6afdcc). Still to come: These Are The Days of Miracles and Wonders, The Augmented Worker, and more.) These articles are exploring technology and the future of work, and are leading up to an event in November called the Next:Economy Summit (http://conferences.oreilly.com/next-economy)

Here is the latest in my #WTFeconomy  series of posts on Medium. (Earlier posts include The WTF Economy (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/the-wtf-economy-a3bd5f52ef00) and Networks and the Nature of the Firm (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/networks-and-the-nature-of-the-firm-28790b6afdcc). Still to come: These Are The Days of Miracles and Wonders, The Augmented Worker, and more.) These articles are exploring technology and the future of work, and are leading up to an event in November called the Next:Economy Summit (http://conferences.oreilly.com/next-economy)___

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2015-08-25 14:40:48 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

My latest post about service companies and design is up. It includes further explanation of our thinking behind the upcoming Design Conference. Enjoy! 

My latest post about service companies and design is up. It includes further explanation of our thinking behind the upcoming Design Conference. Enjoy! ___

2015-08-25 14:30:43 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

This just in from my friend +Brian Forde:

"A couple of weeks ago we announced $75,000 in scholarships for 50 young women and underrepresented people of color to attend the CoinDesk Consensus 2015 digital currency conference in NY on September 10th. http://www.coindesk.com/press-releases/consensus-2015-is-joining-with-the-mit-media-labs-digital-currency-initiative-to-offer-50-diversity-and-inclusion-scholarships/

The deadline to apply for the scholarship to attend the conference is this Friday."

This just in from my friend +Brian Forde:

"A couple of weeks ago we announced $75,000 in scholarships for 50 young women and underrepresented people of color to attend the CoinDesk Consensus 2015 digital currency conference in NY on September 10th. http://www.coindesk.com/press-releases/consensus-2015-is-joining-with-the-mit-media-labs-digital-currency-initiative-to-offer-50-diversity-and-inclusion-scholarships/

The deadline to apply for the scholarship to attend the conference is this Friday."___

2015-08-17 18:22:24 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Lovely quote from Wallace Stevens: "“One may find intimations of immortality in an object on the mantelpiece; and these intimations are as real in the mind in which they occur as the mantelpiece itself." (The Necessary Angel, Vintage edition page 74). 

I love how Stevens sees the interplay of reality and the mind. It is a recurring theme through his work, and one that has deeply shaped my own thinking.

Lovely quote from Wallace Stevens: "“One may find intimations of immortality in an object on the mantelpiece; and these intimations are as real in the mind in which they occur as the mantelpiece itself." (The Necessary Angel, Vintage edition page 74). 

I love how Stevens sees the interplay of reality and the mind. It is a recurring theme through his work, and one that has deeply shaped my own thinking.___

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2015-08-14 17:42:51 (5 comments; 21 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

My new essay on what I've been calling "The WTF Economy." (In case you missed it, the first essay is here: https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy

My new essay on what I've been calling "The WTF Economy." (In case you missed it, the first essay is here: https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy___

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2015-08-14 00:10:58 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Love this from +Liza Daly: "If you have a responsibility for hiring people, at any level, you have one superpower that can change the future culture and direction of your organization: tell your new hires that the company already is the way you wish it were."

Love this from +Liza Daly: "If you have a responsibility for hiring people, at any level, you have one superpower that can change the future culture and direction of your organization: tell your new hires that the company already is the way you wish it were."___

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