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U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on Obama administration's open government efforts this Thursday: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/ensuring-an-informed-citizenry-examining-the-administrations-efforts-to-improve-open-government  I expect the AP & the National Security Archive to be scathing. Administration will have OGIS, Justice and State Department as witnesses; no one from The White House.
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Facebook is to allow more organisations to join its free mobile data scheme, but net neutrality campaigners remain opposed.
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Sounds like some script kiddies are about to have a good time with FireSheep. https://github.com/codebutler/firesheep
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+Kee Hinckley a valid concern.
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Congratulations to the Washingtonian Magazine​'s 2015 Tech Titans! http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/capitalcomment/tech-titans/washingtons-100-top-tech-leaders.php 

I'm glad to know many of the people on this list, including Rob Pegoraro​ DJ Saul​ Adam Zuckerman​ Evan Burfield​ Aaron Snow​ Patrick Ruffini​ Katie Harbath​ Bridget Coyne​ Jerry Brito​ Marvin Ammori​ Walt Mossberg​ Blake Hall​. I hope I can make the acquaintance of many more when we return to DC this fall.
 
Any time that you see me put on the same page as Vint Cerf​, Robert Kahn​ and  Steve Crocker​, however, I also hope you get a good chuckle. 
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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is reportedly launching a presidential campaign in the coming days.
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May the Force always be with you, my friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=220l5e0My-Q #MayThe4thBeWithYou #StarWarsDay 
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Google+ collections is out for Android, but not for iOS yet: http://www.googleplusdaily.com/2015/05/a-look-at-google-collections-on-android.html Anyone using it? Thoughts?
Google+ Collections was announced today, and is currently rolling out to the Android app - no update required (as long as you're on 5.4). We're still giddy with excitement about today's Google+ Collections launch, especially ...
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Not a bad LinkedIn site redesign…but it's recommending I stay in touch with myself. If I include an endorsement, I suppose I should keep "to thine ownself be true" in mind.
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+Seth Leventhal probably room to do better, but might be hard to get backing -- and even harder to get traction against that network effect. that said, Slack showed what's possible with a better product.
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Vurb this? Quixey that? A new crop of startups are challenging +Google on mobile search: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/technology/start-ups-try-to-challenge-google-at-least-on-mobile-search.html 
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The Federal Aviation Administration​ deployed a next-gen air traffic control system: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2917198/software/faa-2-million-lines-of-code-process-new-air-traffic-system.html 

…but the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)​ has concerns about security: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-370 

DEMO: https://youtu.be/Q8IvvgWPjCo
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+Brian Salter I should probably backtrack and put it this way: TL;DR is probably not effective feedback on this sort of process —yes, federal technology projects of this scale involve immense levels of complexity and committee-led solutions. But we have to accept the process and monitor what levels of improvements (if any) are made, and encourage those in charge to continue.
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Per The Wall Street Journal​, The United States Department of Justice​ will launch an internal review to consider the use of "Stingrays," the secret electronic device law enforcement officers have been using to intercept the mobile phone traffic of Americans and track movements.  http://www.wsj.com/article_email/u-s-will-change-stance-on-secret-phone-tracking-1430696796-lMyQjAxMTI1NDA0MzEwNjMzWj 

That the FBI and police department have been using IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) catchers is no longer a secret, given increasing reporting around the country by media, but officials have been tight-lipped about them, their capabilities and the condition for their use.

This is long overdue. Secret laws & policies are poison to democracies. If these devices are vacuuming up large amounts of cellular data and device locations from Americans who are not the targets of criminal investigations, it closely resembles a violation of the Fourth Amendment to this non-lawyer. We'll see what comes of the DoJ's internal review, but the fact they're doing it all is welcome.
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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. 

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