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+The White House  has shown how social media can be used to campaign & communicate:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2015/05/26/heres-how-the-first-president-of-the-social-media-age-has-chosen-to-connect-with-americans/ Governing has proven to be much harder.
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Well. Vox Media, Inc​ is acquiring Re/code​. The Times reports that Kara Swisher​ & Walt Mossberg​ will stay onboard. Should be interesting to see how The Verge​ & Timothy Lee​'s coverage at Vox​ all coordinate, balance and integrate. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/business/media/vox-media-acquiring-recode.html
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In early 2014, I shared the news that the IRS had made it available for Americans to download their tax transcripts online. http://e-pluribusunum.org/2014/01/16/irs-enables-americans-to-download-their-tax-transcripts-over-the-internet/

By year's end, more than 17 million Americans had done so: http://e-pluribusunum.org/2014/11/13/17-million-tax-transcripts-downloaded-online-through-irs-feature-reducing-offline-request-by-40/

In March 2015, Brian Krebs warned that the IRS's process for verifying the identity of people requesting a tax transcript was vulnerable to exploitation because it relied upon knowledge-based questions that could be answered through public records, stolen credit reports or personal information.
http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/05/irs-crooks-stole-data-on-100k-taxpayers-via-get-transcript-feature/

Unfortunately, today the Associated Press reported that thieves did exactly that earlier this spring, gaining access to more than 100,000 tax transcripts. The service is currently offline. 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information…
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Even if Google can’t grok how to reboot Glass, someone will eventually figure out how to do augmented eyewear right.  http://www.cnet.com/news/lost-explorers-the-unrealized-vision-of-google-glass/
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+Jacob Alexander who are you referring to, in this context? CNET, Scott, myself or the sources quoted in the article?
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You say "hoverboard." I see what looks an awful lot like you standing on a couple of quadcopters mashed together. Regardless, I suspect this was fun. I wonder how the gear held up to that dunking.
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If Jony Ive designed solar- & wind-powered people pods, they might look like this: http://gizmodo.com/you-can-take-this-little-wind-and-solar-powered-home-an-1706538003 (Wee cozy for 3 of us, though.)
If life in a future megacity isn’t for you, your hour of escape is fast approaching. Especially if you don’t mind living alone in a 14 x 7 x 7-foot pod. Well, what if I told you the view was fantastic?
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Sunday will be intense in the US Senate: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/prospects-dim-for-11th-hour-patriot-act-deal-118300.html Privacy advocates would be happy if Congress just let the PATRIOT Act expire
The PATRIOT Act is going to need a miracle to survive the weekend unscathed. Backers of the post-9/11 anti-terror measure are scrambling this week to prevent the law’s key surveillance programs from lapsing at midnight Sunday. But with the Senate not slated to return to Washington until just hours before that deadline, opponents like Sens. Rand...
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+Vanketamall Hughes Start here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/US-Congress.shtml They're Robert Casey and Patrick Toomey.
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Technological changes that offer young people more opportunities to express themselves than may exist offline in a conservative country are an alluring storyline. Whether this one has a happy ending remains to be seen.
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A snapshot of networks around open government discussions on Twitter from Memorial Day: https://nodexlgraphgallery.org/Pages/Graph.aspx?graphID=46164 

One interesting takeaway:@stateguardian spamming the #opengov hashtag may have led to his Kickstarter campaign being the "top URL" in the snapshot but, to date, it's received $0 in funding. (Hypothesis: If Joshua Tauberer​ Derek Willis​ & Eric Mill​ give you constructive feedback on your  idea to reinvent their open government projects, it might be a good idea to listen.)
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“When Snapchat started out, I thought it seemed trivial. I was completely wrong,” says Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive and high-tech investor who hasn’t backed Snapchat but watches it closely. “I don’t think anyone saw coming what they are building. At worst, they are the next-generation MTV. At best, they are the next-generation Viacom.” 
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-05-26/evan-spiegel-reveals-plan-to-turn-snapchat-into-a-real-business
Bloomberg: "the company says more than 60 percent of 13- to 34-year-old smartphone users in the U.S. are active on the service and together view more than 2 billion videos a day." That's a lot of eyeballs. 
CEO says he knows what millennials and teens want, and it's not on television or Facebook
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I’ve doubted whether Facebook could have been created under European privacy laws http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/26/technology/as-facebook-sweeps-across-europe-regulators-gird-for-battle.html Data use there is now under increasing scrutiny
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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. 

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Daimler Acquires Uber Rival RideScout
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The 'right to record' is not a question of technology, but rather power ...
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The Internet's Original Sin
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It's not too late to ditch the ad-based business model we have and build the web we want.

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

Data journalism only matters when it's transparent
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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
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Coding blunder that exposed sensitive data may still be putting users at risk.