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Excellent set of principles for digital government. Echoes those put forward by the UK Government and by Code for America, but articulated by former staffers from the White House and a key staffer from the Republican-controlled Congress. Getting digital government right is something both parties ought to be able to get behind!
The 2016 presidential candidates like to talk about innovation, and they're currently debating the tech- fueled 'gig economy.' Those are important issues, but when it comes to how government meets the digital world, there's a crucial component they're not talking about.
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+David Lawson says, CEOs run by fiat

CEOs answer to a board of directors, who answer to shareholders, and the customers and employees -- if unhappy -- won't stick around.  CEOs are the most answerable people at most companies.

Sure, they can do whatever they want to, but they are held accountable for everything that happens.

How many of those let go by Romney still like him?

I don't know, or care.  When I was laid off by a wealthy man who bought my company -- Ken Langone -- I held no grudge, and I actually think well of the man.  He shouldn't try to do what is best for me, but what is best for the company.

(It was what was best for me, probably, as I had been at that company for almost 11 years, and I needed to leave to grow more.)

But, lots of people did hold a grudge against Langone for those layoffs.  So what?  That doesn't make them right, or him wrong.

Does he still maintain links to them? All critical for a politician.

Not really.  The number of people he has employed is tiny compared to the number of people who answer his calls today.
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My new post on Medium explains what I've been up to lately. I'm fascinated by how technology is driving fundamental shifts in the economy and the nature of work.
WTF?! In San Francisco, Uber has 3x the revenue of the entire prior taxi and limousine industry.
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I love the quote from Hesiod, Works and Days: “The gods keep livelihood hidden from men. Otherwise a day’s labor could bring man enough to last a whole year with no more work.” 

Very apt, because I'm working on a new event about the future of work, and I like to mix my reflections on the future with thinking from the past.
“The gods keep livelihood hidden from men. Otherwise a day’s labor could bring man enough to last a whole year with no more work.” Hesiod, Works and Days In both biblical and ancient Greek accounts...
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We just unveiled the project I've been working on for the past six months or so (really, the past couple of years, but only explicitly the past six months), a new event called Next:Economy, also known as WTF? What's the Future of Work?  It's a look at robots, AI, and the on-demand economy, and what they tell us about the future of work, the shape of corporations, and the issues we should be grappling with now if we want these profound changes to come out for the best.

My co-host for the event is Steven Levy of Medium. While the speaker list is still preliminary, it tells the story of what we're going after. Explore the speaker pages - I've loaded them with quotes from the speakers, which will help you understand in advance where they are coming from. Over the next few weeks and months, we'll be curating an online conversation, with lots of great reading and viewing, to engage with these ideas, whether or not you are coming to the event.
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This sounds fantastic, I'm very excited. Good luck +Tim O'Reilly​ and +Steven Levy​!
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Wondering who designed, and who tested, the "improved" Google contacts interface (as displayed  in Chrome on a Mac). It is a disgrace. I get to see all my recent conversations with someone - cool - but what if I want to do something basic, like look up their address? Oh, wait, it's in a popup that isn't wide enough to show the whole address field if I have a lot of data in the record, and the only way to see it all is with a mouseover, but to copy it, you have to go into edit mode. (Clicking on the field opens a map.  Whoopee! 

Note to developers: once you have basic features working, don't break them when you add new, "cool" features.

This interface is a huge step backwards.  Something that used to be accomplished with one click now takes three or four. 

And exiting from a single card is also incredibly awkward!
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A very good piece by +Sean Parker about "Hacker Philanthropy."  How the tech generation can and should approach the challenge of using their wealth to make a better world. Congrats to Sean on the rollout of the Parker Foundation.
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Does Pope Francis look gloomy to you?

This is a brilliant, funny takedown of the conservative Catholic pundits' and politicians' critique of Pope Francis' climate change encyclical.
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I was inspired to think differently when I read Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed in America. If you don't have time for the book, read this Atlantic article, which brings the story up to date. I love her notion that minimum wage workers are philanthropists, giving their work to the rest of society for less than it costs to provide.
Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on.
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An eagle doesn't help other eagles. Why did you help your friend? Because we're not common animals. I strive to be better than that.

Society and law are to different things. Why do you think the law against discrimination is there? It's there to even out the playing field. In specific cases a white person loses out. But statistics and individuals are two different things. 
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If you haven't checked out Safari lately (O'Reilly Media's online learning service, whose name predates that of Apple's browser, if you wonder why we named it that!), you should. We have a new version, and to encourage people to try it, we have an amazing sale for people who sign up for an annual subscription. +Liza Daly explains more below about what's on offer in the new service.
For nearly 15 years, Safari has helped technologists solve real-world problems and master their craft. Almost every software engineer or IT administrator c
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Fabulous read from Thomas Piketty on Germany's own history of debt relief, vs its current stance towards Greece:

"We need to look ahead. Europe was founded on debt forgiveness and investment in the future. Not on the idea of endless penance."
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Just discovered (via Laszlo Bock's Work Rules) a fabulous essay by Henry Ford explaining why it's important for businesses to pay employees well. He writes:

"Paying good wages is not charity at all it is the best kind of business.

"The man who comes to the day's feeling that no matter how much he give it will not yield him enough of a to keep him beyond the margin of want not in shape to do his day's work. He is anxious and worried and it all reacts to detriment of his work. But if a man feels that his day's work not only supplying his basic .need but also giving him a margin of comfort enabling him to give his boys and girls opportunity and his wife some pleasure life then his job looks good to him and he free to give it his very best.

"This is a good thing for him and a thing for the business The man who not get a certain satisfaction out of his work is losing the best part of his pay."
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Farmers, Elephants, and Bees: A Winning Combination - Animals

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Drones: When the Future Sneaks Up on You

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