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Thanks to +Kevin Bankston for introducing me to this film envisioning humanity's futures exploring our solar system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6goNzXrmFs
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The Sunlight Foundation published its recommendations for The United States Department of Justice's next open government plan.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/22/sunlights-recommendations-for-the-justice-departments-next-plan-for-open-government/
The U.S. Department of Justice. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Justice/Flickr) The U.S. Department of Justice is entrusted with protecting the nation, enforcing the rights of the American people and ensuring fair, efficient and equitable justice under the law. Given that mission, the investment the Department makes implementing in the ...
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Wonderful post by Lena Groeger on how information graphics can reveal our blind spots: https://www.propublica.org/article/how-information-graphics-reveal-your-brains-blind-spots 
Our brains fool us all the time. And we typically have no idea that it’s happening.
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[NEW] Today in Open Government http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/20/today-in-opengov-corruption-currents-pop-up-pacs-and-factivism/

Corruption currents, pop-up PACs & 'factivism'.
TOP STORY: Judge Thomas F. Hogan, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, rejected a legal challenge to rules that allow FBI agents working on domestic criminal cases to search email written by American citizens that was intercepted without a warrant in the context of collecting foreign intelligence. ...
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[NEW] The latest edition of Today in Open Government is up: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/18/today-in-opengov-fec-delays-decision-on-foreign-political-money/ (Turns out DHS likes open source after all.)
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[NEW] The latest edition of Today in Open Government is up: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/18/today-in-opengov-fec-delays-decision-on-foreign-political-money/ (Turns out DHS likes open source after all.)
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The +Sunlight Foundation published its recommendations for The United States Department of Justice's next open government plan.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/22/sunlights-recommendations-for-the-justice-departments-next-plan-for-open-government/
The U.S. Department of Justice. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Justice/Flickr) The U.S. Department of Justice is entrusted with protecting the nation, enforcing the rights of the American people and ensuring fair, efficient and equitable justice under the law. Given that mission, the investment the Department makes implementing in the ...
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Wonderful post by Lena Groeger on how information graphics can reveal our blind spots: https://www.propublica.org/article/how-information-graphics-reveal-your-brains-blind-spots 
Our brains fool us all the time. And we typically have no idea that it’s happening.
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The bar chart versus line chart about females and males reminded me of misleading 3D pie charts. The areas of pie sections look different than they really are because of perspective foreshortening:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misleading_graph#3D_Pie_chart_slice_perspective
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[NEW] Today in Open Government http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/20/today-in-opengov-corruption-currents-pop-up-pacs-and-factivism/

Corruption currents, pop-up PACs & 'factivism'.
TOP STORY: Judge Thomas F. Hogan, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, rejected a legal challenge to rules that allow FBI agents working on domestic criminal cases to search email written by American citizens that was intercepted without a warrant in the context of collecting foreign intelligence. ...
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Intel cut 11% of its workforce as a global shift to mobile & cloud computing accelerates http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/technology/intel-earnings-job-cuts.html 
The company, the largest semiconductor maker, will lay off 11 percent of its work force as it shifts to supplying chips for phones and other devices.
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    1994 - 1998
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I'm a writer and editor, focused upon how shifts in technology are changing journalism, government and society.

From January 2014 to May 2015,  I contributed a weekly column to TechRepublic, a division of CBS Interactive. From August 2013 to May 2014, I was a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, where I collaborated on research and the past, present and future of data-driven journalism. In 2013, I was also a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2010 to 2013, I was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where I covered the voices, technologies and issues that are changing government, technology and society. Prior to joining O’Reilly, I was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where I wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and cybersecurity. 

Along with my correspondence for the O'Reilly Radar, I have contributed to the National Journal, Forbes, Slate, the Huffington Post, Govfresh, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, CBS News' What's Trending, Govloop, Governing People, the Association for Computer Manufacturing and the Atlantic, amongst others. I have appeared multiple times as an on-air analyst for Al Jazeera English and a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, along with commentary for NPR's All Things Considered and other public radio shows.

I've been a speaker and moderator at conferences in Washington and beyond, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Alfred University, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), NIST, Club de Madrid, Cato Institute, the New America Foundation, the World Bank, the Social Security Agency, the U.S. National Archives, the Web 2.0 Summit and Expo, Gov 2.0 Summit and Expo, Social Media Week, DC Week, SXSWi, Strata, GOSCON, AMP Summit, Tech@State, CAR/IRE, and the State of the Net, the Open Government Partnership Annual Conference, In 2011, I was visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute.

I'm a native of upstate New York, where I was born on a farm in a county that had more deer than humans. At age 8, I moved to Philadelphia and spent a decade growing up in one of America's great cities, attending Germantown Friends School until 1994. I graduated from Colby College four years later, with a bachelor of arts degree in biology (and a minor in sociology), and then enjoyed living in New England for another decade in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge. 

I'd describe myself as a geeky outdoorsman, cyclist, angler and photographer. I'm an unabashed fan of great science fiction and fantasy books, movies and games. I currently live in Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia with my wife, daughter and a growing number of pots, pans and houseplants. When I'm not working or parenting, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, ambitious cooking and good books. 

You can find me online at E Pluribus Unum | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Linkedin | Wordpress | YouTube 

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  • The Huffington Post
    Senior Editor, Technology and Society, 2015 - 2016
  • TechRepublic, CBS Interactive
    Columnist, 2014 - 2015
  • Columbia University
    Fellow, 2013 - 2014
    Collaborated on research into data-driven journalism at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School.
  • Harvard University
    Research Fellow, 2013 - 2013
    Collaborated on research at the Transparency Policy Project of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
  • O'Reilly Media
    Washington Correspondent, 2010 - 2013
  • TechTarget
    Associate Editor, present
  • Bain & Company
    Knowledge Broker, present
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  • Whirling Dervish Design
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  • Star Island Company
    Clerk, Waiter, present
  • Sunlight Foundation
    Senior Analyst, 2016 - present
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The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish.

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed...
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Inside the soul-crushing world of content moderation, where low-wage laborers soak up the worst of humanity, and keep it off your Facebook f

Federal Agencies Are Flooded by Comments on New Rules
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Record numbers of online comments are flooding agencies at a time when Congress is stuck in gridlock and the Obama administration has turned

Daimler Acquires Uber Rival RideScout
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Daimler is making a bet on the ride-sharing economy, a day after Germany slapped a country-wide ban on Uber Technologies.

The 'right to record' is not a question of technology, but rather power ...
www.techrepublic.com

The "right to record" will gain even more attention as smartphones, wearables, and social media usage increases. Alex Howard believes this w

The Internet's Original Sin
www.theatlantic.com

It's not too late to ditch the ad-based business model we have and build the web we want.

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will | Business | WIRED
www.wired.com

Beneath its slick interface and crystal clear GPS-enabled vision of the world, Google Maps roils with local rivalries, score-settling, and d

YouTube Parody as Politics: How The World Made Pharrell Cry
www.theatlantic.com

Remixes from around the world show that what brings us together is more important than what divides us.

OpenID Connect may usher in a new era of federated online identity
www.techrepublic.com

OpenID Connect is designed to replace username/password authentication. The protocol, in use by Google and others, may solve governments' ne

Supreme Court to rule on warrantless searches of electronic devices
arstechnica.com

Cops want access, without warrants, to electronic devices of everybody arrested.

Data journalism only matters when it's transparent
www.motherjones.com

Data journalism only matters when it's transparent.

Publishers Can Afford Data Journalism, Says ProPublica's Scott Klein
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This story, by Alexander Howard / Tow Center …, appeared on Mediagazer.

Earth Day Pioneer Denis Hayes’ New Challenge: Greenest Commercial Buildi...
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Forty-four years ago today, Denis Hayes convened the very first Earth Day, an event that drew millions to events across the United States an

Did CIA Violate the Constitution's Speech or Debate Clause? - Secrecy News
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The Central Intelligence Agency may have violated the Speech or Debate clause of the U.S. Constitution by performing an unauthorized search

Extremely critical crypto flaw in iOS may also affect fully patched Macs
arstechnica.com

Coding blunder that exposed sensitive data may still be putting users at risk.