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Election 2012 and the “Mischiefs of Party Spirit”
November 6, 2012 – 1:37 pm | 2 Comments
Election 2012 and the “Mischiefs of Party Spirit”

The character of the discourse we have in love or in disagreement, in politics, business or family, defines the character of our person. That is to say, it is our choice to use divisive language and framing to discuss the issues we care about but in so doing we limit our own capacity for sound judgment, common sense and compassion.

Anonymity is the Fifth Estate
February 2, 2011 – 7:09 pm | No Comment
Anonymity is the Fifth Estate

The only people who stand to benefit from clearly defined limits on how your personal data is handled (or pay the price) are you and I; a shambling horde – disorganized and charmed at the moment by the first of the two possible narratives.

Egypt and The Politics of Technology (O’Reilly Radar)
February 1, 2011 – 9:48 am | One Comment
Egypt and The Politics of Technology (O’Reilly Radar)

This is cross posted from O’Reilly Radar
I was struck by this photo that appeared Sunday in the New York Times.  It shows a crowd of Egyptian protesters listening to a military announcement.   Try to count …

Why Traditional Media Has Little Credibility in Large Matters
June 30, 2010 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

In 2008 I delivered a keynote at a conference on law and journalism.  The mood among the journalists present was one of palpable contempt for blogging and “citizen journalism.”  You  would think we were witnessing …

Three Paradoxes of the Internet Age
November 7, 2009 – 11:20 am | 3 Comments

Social technologies are cloaked in a rhetoric of liberation that tend to obscure the fact that never before have we handed so much personal information over in exchange for so little in return.

Should Broadband Access Should Be a Right?
October 17, 2009 – 5:49 pm | 4 Comments
Should Broadband Access Should Be a Right?

Cross-post from Radar:
This week gave us two reasons to reconsider the state of broadband connectivity in the US.
First, Finland has announced that it will guarantee broadband access as a right for all its citizens:

Starting next …

Case Study – Stimuluswatch.org
March 2, 2009 – 5:47 pm | 2 Comments

Stimuluswatch.org allows citizens to see local government requests for stimulus-spending projects, add details, vote projects up or down and generally discuss the merit of each.  It is a great example of how the Internet lowers …

Whitehouse.Gov is Launched – Barack Obama Becomes Our First Internet President
January 21, 2009 – 3:09 pm | 6 Comments
Whitehouse.Gov is Launched – Barack Obama Becomes Our First Internet President

FDR was our radio president, JFK was our TV president and Barack Obama will be our Internet President.
Quietly at noon yesterday, as the world was fixated on the televised inauguration of Barack Obama, some obscure …