“We are all co-creating the potential Doomsday Device that can undermine all the liberties our collective ancestry fought for. Don’t run from it. Embrace the full picture. Realize what constant connectivity and persistent data tracking have delivered along with that on-demand burrito service. I keep thinking about how we built this infrastructure heavily during the presidency of a pretty decent man (drone wars not included), and now the keys to the kingdom are about to go to a decidedly less stable figure.”
— Baratunde Thurston
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“Our industry thinks its glory days are over. Our industry’s glory days have not even begun. Because we have not even begun to see what this industry could be with the creativity and the talent and skills of women and people of color.” – Cindy Gallup
If you have to understand obscure industrial rules in order to conduct routine activities, the rules are stupid.
Is getting a lot of likes on Facebook a sign of freedom, or a consequence of slavery?
“Why this insistent emphasis on choices and filtering now? It’s obvious: when everything is available, within reach, accessible, the problem becomes not one of scarcity but of abundance. Where to find, amid the glut, what is right for you? How to separate the music from the noise?”
— David Byrne in A great curator beats any big company’s algorithm
“In the last couple of decades, the answer to the introvert’s dilemma was easy: get a computer and learn to code. Like a novelist (another popular introvert career path), you can create a new world using only words.”
– Ben Klemons in HTTPS: the end of an era
Click Here for Live Coverage For all the world-changing of recent weeks you’d think there were more important matters to parse than The New York Times paywall, AOL’s acquisition of The Huffington Post, the new iPad or the latest corporate power play for domination on the Net. Here’s a suggestion: let’s refocus the conversation on […]
We’re rolling out a number of new projects in the next few days, including details and registration for the 2011 PitchIt Challenge and for the 2011 We Media conference. We’ve also just re-designed the We Media web site. You’re looking at it. Consider this a realtime preview – and pardon the dust and broken bits while we get things sorted out.
We’re rooting for two of the eight companies presenting at a startup pitch event this week in Tysons Corner, Virginia. NewsIT was one of the winners of the We Media PitchIt seed investment challenge earlier this year in Miami. Ringio, a slick virtual PBX service with built-in CRM. Ringio works out of WeSpace, the co-working studio we opened in Reston, Virginia, this past summer.
The Knight News Challenge awards up to $5 million annually for innovative projects that use digital technology to transform the way communities send, receive and make use of news and information. The deadline for the next round of grants is Dec. 1, 2010. Learn more and apply at newschallenge.org.