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The agenda for the 2015 International Open Data Conference is open! http://opendatacon.org/program/detail/ …and I'm headed to Ottawa in May. The growth since 2010 is notable. 
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The agenda for the 2015 International Open Data Conference is open! http://opendatacon.org/program/detail/ …and I'm headed to Ottawa in May. The growth since 2010 is notable. 
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The Federal Election Commission​ opened up in 1975: http://www.fec.gov/pages/40th_anniversary/40th_anniversary.shtml It's had more growing pains than a sauropodomorph: http://www.wsj.com/articles/party-politics-fec-at-loggerheads-on-how-to-celebrate-anniversary-1429228827

(Editor's note: Sauropodomorphs, specifically Lufengosaurus, were the fastest growing dinosaur.)
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"The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason. It was waxing, only one day short of full. The time was 05:03:12 UTC. Later it would be designated A+0.0.0, or simply Zero." - +Neal Stephenson 
http://www.nealstephenson.com/news/2015/04/13/seveneves-excerpt/ #scifi 
The personal website of author Neal Stephenson, unless it's been hacked.
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+Egon Casteel I think REAMDE and Anathem are easy to say an spell, but maybe I'm an outlier. I'm much more frustrated by the editing his work has gotten - or not - over the years than the titles. As folks say on the Internet, your mileage may vary.
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[Insert plague of locusts joke here]

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I like their very specific theater of operation demo. 
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The US FDA approved the KAMRA inlay for presbyopia. http://www.reviewofophthalmology.com/content/t/refractive_surgery/c/46512/ Welcome to our cyborg present.
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In targeting an information security researcher who exposed a vulnerability: 
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/04/17/security-expert-pulled-off-flight-by-fbi-after-exposing-airline-tech/

…it looks like the FBI did exactly what President Barack Obama and Michael Daniel said the federal government would not do this year, with respect to an executive order. 

To whit: “this executive order [does not] target the legitimate cybersecurity research community or professionals who help companies improve their cybersecurity.” 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/04/01/our-latest-tool-combat-cyber-attacks-what-you-need-know

The EFF adds more context: 
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/whitehouses-new-executive-order-cyber-crime-unfortunately-no-joke
One of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence within the cyber security industry who blew the whistle on vulnerabilities in airplane technology systems in a series of recent Fox News reports, has become the target of an FBI investigation himself.
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What he got was a no-fly list.
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"Instagram says it fields hundreds of thousands of complaints each week" http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/16/instagram-tightens-rules-to-curb-pornography-and-harassment/ 

Big update to rules today: https://help.instagram.com/477434105621119/
Facebook's Instagram photo- and video-sharing app unveiled more-detailed standards for images, aimed at curbing pornography and harassment.
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My gsm/CDMA numbers are blocked how can cought to gov
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  • CBS Interactive
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    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.
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Introduction

I'm a writer and editor, focused upon how shifts in technology are changing journalism, government and society. I contribute a weekly column to TechRepublic. 

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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I make a good crème brûlée.
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    1994 - 1998
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