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Jared Dunn
Works at Local Progress Consulting
Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lived in Urbana, IL
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For old Google Reader pals who really miss the much-lamented social features, this is looking like a very good bet. Nice simple/clean interface, no-frills and text-heavy, and has basically the same social setup as the old Greader, but with better friend discovery via Facebook and Google accounts. On the annoying side, you have to use one of those as your primary login, but supposedly they're working on that. 

The only missing link for me right now is outward sharing integration. It works with Pocket, but I use Instapaper, and there's no easy share button for Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinboard, etc. I can do that stuff manually, so it's not a dealbreaker, but still, that would make it about perfect.

The other crucial lack for many is an Android or iOS native interface. They say that's the first priority as they gain users and roll out a tiered freemium subscription model. I also like the idea of being able to pay for it, as that gives it a better chance of being around into the future.

At any rate, I hope a critical mass of people converges on one service, so RSS can be social again like it was back before they crippled Greader. This might be the ticket, but we'll see what develops in the coming months.
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There are quite a few more people than this in my suggestions, but they're either people I don't know well enough to feel comfortable adding, or faculty, who I'm not sure about adding on social networks until I'm done here.

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More good background on the legacy of Michael S. Hart and Project Gutenberg, and the context his work arose from and helped to create.
Michael S. Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg passed away on 6 September. Hart, born in 1947, started Project Gutenberg in 1971 with the digitisation of the US Declaration of Independence, which H...
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"Information curators are that necessary cross-pollinator between accessibility and access, between availability and actionability, guiding people to smart, interesting, culturally relevant content that 'rots away' in some digital archive, just like its analog versions used to in basement of some library or museum or university."
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This is a good example of how online spaces that claim to be neutral, open, and democratic merely by virtue of the medium and the assertion are anything but. Also of how online media can effortlessly reproduce and/or amplify existing hierarchies and privilege. It gets mind-numbingly repetitive after awhile, but that's kinda the point.
The Male Programmer Privilege Checklist Being male (or perceived to be male) as a programmer, means:
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Kinda sad that gender equality can still be an issue in some fields considering that woman have had rights for 90 years now. To not be taken seriously because of something like gender that isn't even slightly related to the actual work performance in question would be extremely frustrating.

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I'm going to start using this to share professional-like stuff. Here's a good start, in the form of a minute breakdown of the history of a controversial Wikipedia page. I've done modules or analyses in several classes about how Wikipedia builds many of the information evaluation standards and practices we use into its architecture, and this is another good example of how that works in practice.
Wikipedia has an article on almost every subject—including, it turns out, one on how to write "the perfect Wikipedia article." The guidelines run through a list of the attributes such an ar...
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Kevin Drum explains just what the hell is at stake with the seemingly endless Greek / Eurozone crisis. It's only our economic and Europe's political future, that's all. And with almost no input from democratic polities, of course.
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Citizens' media habits are surprisingly varied as newspapers, TV, the internet, newsletters, and old-fashioned word-of-mouth compete for attention. Different platforms serve different audience needs.
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PG is one of the many small hints and guesses that eventually led me to want to be a librarian / informaticist. Also, as noted in this article, I think it was a very important early example of the potential of the net as an intellectual commons, and of the potential for distributed online efforts to create massive public goods. We owe Wikipedia and the Internet Archive, among many other great things, to the vision of Hart and PG.
The Importance of Project Gutenberg. Home » Policy Blog » John Bergmayer. By John Bergmayer on September 8, 2011 - 12:26pm. 3 comments. Project Gutenberg is one of the Internet's great resources—t...
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"The people who most heavily rely on pseudonyms in online spaces are those who are most marginalized by systems of power... Not everyone is safer by giving out their real name. Quite the opposite; many people are far LESS safe when they are identifiable. And those who are least safe are often those who are most vulnerable... What’s at stake is people’s right to protect themselves, their right to actually maintain a form of control that gives them safety."
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Can't say this surprises, or even really alarms me. In fact, it demonstrates that there's a real need and niche for the re-tooled modern library project. I think the real negative it does highlight is that we don't do outreach very well, or possibly that (under stress) we've done too much outreach institutionally and within the profession, and not enough to users. Also, most library systems still fail hard UX-wise.
A two-year anthropological study of student research habits shows that students are in dire need of help from librarians, but are loath to ask for it.
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Nonprofit Consultant
Employment
  • Local Progress Consulting
    Nonprofit Consultant, 2008 - present
  • University of Illinois Libraries
    RRGIS / Government Information G.A., 2011 - 2012
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Lab Manager, 2003 - 2008
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Urbana, IL - Somerville, MA - Mattoon, IL
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Community Technologist and Librarian in Training
Introduction
I studied how information and information technologies interact with place, community, and identity at the Graduate School of Library & Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. Now I'm working as a nonprofit consultant on technology issues, and seeking a permanent position where I can work with technology in a community development context.

Interests: libraries, collaborative spaces, community, online community, community development, economic development, social media, social capital, sense of place, public space, social networks, civic participation, information literacy, computer literacy, digital divide, accessibility, usability, user experience, open access, open government, civil liberties, copyright, ICT policy.

Spare time: Punk rock, craft beer, board and video gaming, soccer, running, travel, literature, history, philosophy, etc, etc.
Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Library & Information Science, 2010 - 2012
    Community Informatics Certificate | Information Systems / Technologies Convocation Award
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Cell & Structural Biology, 1997 - 2002
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Philosophy, 1997 - 2002
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