Thanks for sharing. via jedsundwall
I’m a data portal skeptic. I have been for years, but I’ve gotten tripped up when trying to explain why. I’m certainly not anti open data. I’m not even anti data portal. But I worry that organizations think that setting up an open data portal is a way to make data useful, when it’s really just a…
It isn’t very often that you get the opportunity to brainstorm about the future. You may daydream here and there about it, but do you ever really consider the potential? How would things be different? What are the steps for us to get there? And more importantly, who will be…
Yesterday Sam Altman published a short post containing his thoughts on Secret, and also anonymity in general—namely that it breeds meanness, and that anonymous social networks are destined to decay and grow worse over time.
I strongly disagree. What I’ve observed is the opposite—that…
moot sets the tone.
Original Post Recap: Civic Hacking at City Hall (http://bit.ly/1gjB41s)
Arriving at Fort Lauderdale City Hall can be quite intimidating, especially for something as vague as the promise of a “civic hack night.” In just 15 minutes, the January meeting of Code for Fort Lauderdale would commence on the 8th floor. The sky was a deep blue and the air cool as I grabbed my bag and headed inside.Read more
VIDEO: @carlmalamud underscores Americans’ fundamental right to freely know, speak & share their laws
Key Carl Malamud Quote
“…The law belongs to the people. If we give those without great means a substandard web site as their only access to the law, we have put a poll tax on access to justice. When we require a license to speak the law, we have made a mockery of freedom of speech. When we deliberately restrict access to the law—including the public safety codes that protect our homes, families, and workplaces—we have violated the fundamental principle of the rule of law that underpins our democracy.”
Go Carl! Go!
”..it really is the thing that lets us explore boundaries and engage in creativity, and use the mechanisms of dissent without fear. When you think about the world in which privacy is allowed to be eliminated, you’re really talking about eliminating everything that makes it valuable to be a free individual.” - ggreenwald on #privacy
Glenn Greenwald Keynote at #30c3 in Hamburg
Transcript can be found here via u/poppingtonic
"What’s necessary, in my opinion, is to drive a wedge in the cracks of legal and government bureaucracies, to pull them apart at their seams, unwinding them slowly but surely. Perhaps we will rebuild them, because, together, we determine that in some form or another, they are useful to us. But I’m not sure I find it valuable to focus on that right now. Instead, I want to be part of their undoing. And I believe that #opendata and #opensource tools can be used as part of that work. The work is to use these forms of data to question, judge, undermine, challenge, and transform oppressive institutional structures." - Alex Fink
An much needed review of #OpenGov and our opportunity to change the status quo. Good read, thanks Alex. For full story via: Public Fragments.
In late September, the veil was officially lifted on one of the most highly anticipated creative spaces in South Florida. Makers Square, a 14,000 sq. ft. membership based makerspace open to artists and projects of all types. Featuring a plethora of tools, classes, and workshops, Makers Square will soon become a cornerstone in the Fort Lauderdale creative community.Read more