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If you, like me, are a fan of "The Wire," you will enjoy this conversation between creator David Simon and President Obama. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWY79JCfhjw

At its best, great art tells us something about the way we live, work or play that we could not learn otherwise, helping us to think differently, opening our eyes to some aspect of shared humanity or appreciate the learned experience of another. I think The Wire meets that standard, and it certainly appears that this President of the United States does as well
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I wonder, as people happily livestream on Meerkat or Periscope today, if they think at all of an imagined life with an äppärät, as envisioned by Gary Shteyngart​: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/books/27book.html or as a gargoyle, as envisioned by Neal Stephenson​: http://marksarney.com/2012/08/15/10-signs-that-snow-crashs-gargoyles-already-exist/ 

Our tomorrows aren't always happy, as we think about them today.
Gary Shteyngart’s new novel is a supersad, superfunny, superaffecting satirical romance set in the near future, as the United States crumbles.
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Twitter's livestreaming app is live for iOS:
https://appsto.re/us/TXw_5.i

Cue "Periscope Election!" hype:
https://digiphile.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/as-meerkat-election-hype-the-presidential-primary-winner-is-twitter/

More seriously, it's a slick app. Twitter once asked us "What are you doing?" Now, Periscope asks us "What are you seeing?" When I logged on, I saw windows into our shared worlds from all over the globe.

The Periscope privacy policy & Terms of Service more is less mirror Twitter's, with a bold reminder that livestreams & archived videos are public. There's at least one exception: no livestreaming pornography.

Fast wireless broadband service, social networks, and powerful smartphones with great cameras create a new context for livestreaming services, which has led tech companies, entrepreneurs and huge corporations to bet big on them: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/03/27/technology/tech-titans-bet-that-the-world-is-ready-for-the-streaming-selfie.html

I downloaded Stringwire as well this week, but it's not on par with Periscope's features, UX or integration. I wonder if NBC Universal will create clear incentives for its use.

As I found some time ago, Google Hangouts can also be streamed live to YouTube. There are an awful lot of a Android devices in the world; I'd keep an eye on how that evolves, along with Facebook's video features.

I also wonder about who will use these apps and where. Established celebrities can find their audiences. This morning, I saw people tuned in to see Mario Batali cook this morning. As with Vine and YouTube, unheralded talent may find success as well.

Most of life is, however, mundane by definition. I look forward to seeing how Periscope and other apps help us choose and share moments that resonate with the rest of humanity.
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Receiving and paying bills from directly within Gmail might be mighty useful, particularly on a mobile device, but the details about financial data access and use by +Google or third parties will be worth keeping a close eye on.
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+Dennis D. McDonald Frothing? If it makes you feel better to pretend I'm angry, go for it. That's adorable. 
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The The United States Department of Justice​ is claiming that the strain of launching the Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare") has led a big backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/03/24/394906828/feds-claim-obamacare-launch-is-hindering-government-transparency Open government advocates find this claim…dubious. 

Rather, the issue looks strongly related to how well the FOIA office at CMS is resourced. For those keeping score, the CMS budget enacted for 2015 was $602,371,900,000.  
http://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/PerformanceBudget/Downloads/FY2016-CJ-Final.pdf
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a backlog of some 3,000 FOIA requests and says it may need 10 years or more to dig out from under some large cases.
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Another silver lining to the furor over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for government business: it has drawn attention to how many agencies are missing inspectors general, and for how long. http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-03-24/one-more-question-on-hillary-e-mails-where-was-the-watchdog-
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WOW! THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING I READ TODAY! CLICK HERE TO CHANGE HOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE WORLD: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/536161/an-emerging-science-of-clickbait/

In other news, how headlines and social media updates make people feel is correlated to whether they get shared a lot or catalyze many comments. If, in the coming years, you feel like editors, advertisers and marketers are increasingly trying to manipulate your emotions to get you to click, buy or view something, you're most likely right.
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Are you going to start livestreaming more, now that it's even easier to do so from your phone? https://digiphile.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/twitter-puts-up-its-periscope-will-mass-adoption-of-livestreaming-follow/
Today, Twitter's livestreaming app is live in the Apple App Store.Cue "Periscope Election" hype! More seriously, it's a slick app: easy to sign up, browse, network and, most importantly, livest...
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"figuring out how to protect privacy without pre-empting innovation is as tricky as it is necessary." Yep.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2015/03/drones-and-privacy
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I probably shouldn't let this pass entirely without comment: it's pretty cool to be giving a lecture at Harvard University​ today. http://shorensteincenter.org/data-journalism-seminar/
This session is part of the 10-week seminar series, Data, Technology and Innovation in Government, led by Nick Sinai. Seminars are for students only (graduate and undergraduate) and are not-for-credit. Please register below to reserve your space.  Guest: Alex Howard, editor at...
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The March 2015 Congress.gov Update added treaties, XML text, and enhanced appropriations tables.
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The The United States Department of Justice​ is claiming that the strain of launching the Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare") has led a big backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/03/24/394906828/feds-claim-obamacare-launch-is-hindering-government-transparency Open government advocates find this claim…dubious. 

Rather, the issue looks strongly related to how well the FOIA office at CMS is resourced. For those keeping score, the CMS budget enacted for 2015 was $602,371,900,000.  
http://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/PerformanceBudget/Downloads/FY2016-CJ-Final.pdf
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a backlog of some 3,000 FOIA requests and says it may need 10 years or more to dig out from under some large cases.
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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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