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The Threat | Edge.org

Ross Anderson

People who are able to live digitally enhanced lives, in the sense that they can use all the available tools to the fullest extent, are very much more productive and capable and powerful than those who are still stuck in meatspace. It’s as if you had a forest where all the animals could see only in black and white and, suddenly, along comes a mutation in one of the predators allowing it to see in color.

url: https://www.edge.org/conversation/ross_anderson-the-threat

type: article, format: blog


Data for Democracy – Medium

Data for Democracy

A publication on Medium about data science, civic technology, and democracy. Collaborating on data projects to build a stronger society. Email jonathon@datafordemocracy.org for an invitation.

url: https://medium.com/data-for-democracy

type: project, format: blog


New America


Founded in 1999, New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. We generate big ideas, bridge the gap between technology and policy, and curate broad public conversation.

url: https://www.newamerica.org/

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Technical Majority

Technical Majority logo

Every day, more organizations and projects are launched to help people better use technology for the causes they care about. Technical Majority aims to be a catalog of what's out there.

These are groups of technologists, technology-minded folk, or those using technology to help activists.

What the groups above have been working on to help activists and the politically minded.

url: http://technicalmajority.com/

type: none, format: none


TechChange | The Institute for Technology and Social Change | TechChange (The Institute for Technology and Social Change) trains leaders to leverage emerging technologies for sustainable social change.

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We provide online professional development in technology and social change. Around the world, implementers in public health, emergency response, and monitoring and evaluation all struggle to solve pressing issues with limited resources. We connect them with relevant content, experts, and certification using our facilitated learning platform. Browse our past projects.

url: https://www.techchange.org/

type: company, format: page


Home | DC STEM Network

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The DC STEM Network is a collaboration between the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE), launched in 2014. The DC STEM Network unites community partners to help inspire and prepare all DC youth to succeed, lead and innovate in STEM fields and beyond.

The DC STEM Network unites community partners to help inspire and prepare all DC youth to succeed, lead and innovate in STEM...

url: http://www.dcstemnetwork.org/

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W3Techs - extensive and reliable web technology surveys

W3Techs provides information about the usage of various types of technologies on the web.

Provide the most reliable and most extensive source of information on web technology usage.

url: http://w3techs.com/

type: none, format: none


BuiltWith Technology Lookup

Founded in 2007, BuiltWith® is a website profiler, lead generation, competitive analysis and business intelligence tool providing technology adoption, ecommerce data and usage analytics for the internet.

BuiltWith technology tracking includes widgets, analytics, frameworks, content management systems, advertisers, content delivery networks, web standards and web servers to name some of the technology categories we cover.

url: http://builtwith.com/

type: none, format: page


Nova Labs | Rediscover the joy of making things.

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Nova Labs is a membership-driven all-volunteer makerspace based in Reston, Virginia that was founded in 2011 with the purpose of empowering everyone to Rediscover the Joy of Making Things!

Our current 10,500 sq. ft. facility located at 1916 Isaac Newton Sq West houses classrooms, workspace, incubator offices and a shop that includes both common tools and advanced fabrication equipment. Members enjoy 24-7 access and help co-manage our space...

url: http://www.nova-labs.org/blog/

type: unknown, format: blog


Random Hacks of Kindness

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To create a self-sustaining global community of innovators building practical open technology for a better world, and to ensure their work creates impact in society.

url: http://rhok.cc/

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Learn to code and build web applications in one month.

One month @2x Web technologies courses

url: https://onemonth.com/

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geeknic logo

Well, you are probably here because someone told you about this wonderful thing called a geeknic.  So what is it, you may ask?  A geeknic is rather simply a picnic for geeks.  Throughout 2009, we’re planning (and helping others plan) geeknics all over the world.  Anywhere there are geeks, we would love to see a geeknic happen.

url: http://geeknic.org/

type: none, format: none


Coding Horror

tags: web, technology
I <3 Steve McConnell

I'm Jeff Atwood. I live in Berkeley, CA with my wife, two cats, and a whole lot of computers. I was weaned as a software developer on various implementations of Microsoft's BASIC in the 80's, starting with my first microcomputer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. I continued on the PC with Visual Basic 3.0 and Windows 3.1 in the early 90's, although I also spent significant time writing Pascal code in the first versions of Delphi.

url: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/

type: person, format: blog


Chris Messina's FactoryCity

Photo of Chris Messina by Peggy Dyer (onemillionfaces.org)

I'm on the boards of the OpenID and Open Web Foundations, and work at Google.

I co-founded the BarCamp and coworking communities.

I maintain a blog and wiki, and can be found on Twitter, Flickr, Google Buzz, FriendFeed, Foursquare, Tumblr and Facebook.

Working with Mozilla, I produced a concept on implementing identity in the browser called The Social Agent.

url: http://factoryjoe.com/

type: person, format: none


The Hacktory

tags: technology, arts
Hacktory logo

The Hacktory promotes the use of technology in the arts through:

The Hacktory is incubated as a project of the Nonprofit Technology Resources.

url: http://thehacktory.org/

type: project, format: none



tags: technology, web, news
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TechCrunch was founded on June 11, 2005, as a weblog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. In addition to covering new companies, we profile existing companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space.

url: http://techcrunch.com/

type: none, format: blog


Watts Up With That?

watts up with that logo earth from space

I’m a former television meteorologist who spent 25 years on the air and who also operates a weather technology and content business, as well as continues daily forecasting on radio, just for fun.

Weather measurement and weather presentation technology is my specialty. I also provide weather stations and custom weather monitoring solutions via www.weathershop.com (if you like my work, please consider buying a weather gadget there, StormPredator ...

url: http://wattsupwiththat.com/

type: person, format: blog


Blackbaud Fundraising Software

In a nutshell, we provide technology solutions to nonprofits. It’s a great market to work in, and our customers serve as a constant source of inspiration.

url: http://blackbaud.com

type: company, format: none

Voice Messages

There's something missing from today's telecom world which i call voice messages. I'm not talking about voice mail or common phone calls. Voice messages are audio text messages. They're similar to push-to-talk messages in duration and ease.

Sometimes i don't want to talk to someone, sometimes i know they are busy or sleeping, but still i want to leave them a message. I just want to click a button, record a message, then send it to someone.

There may be a way to directly call their voice mail, but each service provider probably has their own way of doing it. Text messages are too clumsy to type in, even with T9. Besides, T9 doesn't help for proper nouns (the first time). Also text messages don't have the conversation view that instant messages do, but that's a user interface issue.

Voice mail is too word and there's too much press 1 for this, press 2 for that. I really don't feel like checking my new messages, checking my saved messages, marking a saved message as new, deleting archived messages. What i want is an archive of them send to me over email. Or a web interface to delete old ones.

Your thoughts?


My parents let me take home their Panasonic SD-85 (yeah just try googling that one) stereo with phonograph. At first it didn't work; it just wouldn't spin. So i did what all men do: take it apart and hope that putting it back together would make it work. :)

I was fussing with it for some time now. While disassembled, i threw on an LP an spun the turn table with my finger. Amazing this produced a sound, albeit not at a steady speed. I listened to 3 entire albums this way.

Mark and the gang arrived as we were going to Tryst. While talking we were suddenly surprised to hear a clear Paul Simon. "Mark WHAT DID YOU DO??" to which he reply "I turned it on *shrug*".

With consensus, we agree the official diagnosis is, it was gunked up. Now i'm having fun cleaning my 200 email Inbox and listening to Neil Diamon - Shilo, Barry Manilow - Copacabana, Elvis - Jailhouse Rock, and Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues.

Eventually i'm gonna archive this music to my computer, but until then i'll have fun operating the SD-85. (I can play 8 LP sides using its built in loader!)

Fax Machine Fate

Below is a notice i got at work, explaining that a fax machine will not be replaced. Fax machines are on the way out everywhere. It's a good thing. They were a "backwards" technology.

For those of you that have been using the FAX near S. ---it is broken and will not be replaced. Please use the fax in the kitchen near me or the fax in the cross hallway near B's office. If you have any problems, feel free to give me a call.


Picture this:

I have a photograph i want to send to someone. First, i photocopy it. This an atom to atom transfer of information. Much detail is lost here. Then feeding it into the fax machine will digitize (convert to bits) the image, losing more information. The fax machine calls the remote number. This is an analog connection, so the fax machine modulates the digital image into analog, some loss. The remote fax machine demodulates the analog signal into digital. Checksums can catch errors and ask for retransmits, so this step has nearly no loss of information. Finally the image is printed, going from bits to atoms, little loss.

So is it any surprise faxes are so ugly?

Comments on A Kitchen Theory

Celeste wrote a strawman on small techy gadgets with many functions. Here's my contribution.

I agree when you say multipurpose devices are harder to use, my DVD/VCR remote control, which can also control my TV, has a complex array of features.

I think the key here is the interaction among devices. In the kitchen it's the cook who moves food (content) from one device to the next. In gadgets the content is information, bits not atoms (see Negroponte). The agent that moves it is electronics. It's easy to build such connected devices. Disconnected devices are still being developed. We don't see bluetooth in many devices yet. When we do these devices will regain their single purpose.

About reaching a state of technology where the computer is not visible, will we really see that? How old is the television? (A question for another day is, how much has the television improved?)