Author Archives: Nate

The Web Goes Dark

Just over three months ago, the collective outrage of millions of internet users over SOPA and PIPA was brought to bear on Congress thanks to the internet “Blackout” of January 18, 2012. The protest managed to kill the bills’ shot … Continue reading

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“We the People” get frustrated

A famous quote which has been attributed to everyone from Albert Einstein to Benjamin Franklin (though it most likely originated from a very different source) defines insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” … Continue reading

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Can Flipboard beautify the digital world?

What would happen if we could have a “do over” for the internet? Imagine that we could keep all of the technology we have now – netbooks, smartphones, tablets, etc. – and re-make the way we interact with the digital … Continue reading

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Facebook, Data Mining and Astroturf

In 2007, activists on Facebook created the group “One Million Strong for Barack” (which has since been archived), a grassroots effort to show support for then-Senator Barack Obama’s bid for the Presidency. It was one of the earliest examples of … Continue reading

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#Occupy the Bureaucracy?

More than five months after protestors first descended on Wall Street and set up camp in Zuccotti Park, it looks like the Occupy movement has finally decided to send in the wonks. Then again, “send in” might be a bit … Continue reading

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Content and Copyright in the Blogosphere

The Huffington Post certainly didn’t invent blogging, but they may have been the first to fully realize its potential as a business model. When it was launched in 2005, ‘HuffPo’ was intended to be a liberal counterweight to the right-wing … Continue reading

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