Since I’m on a roll with these update posts, another: for Politico Magazine — which, I should mention, I’ve signed up to be a contributing editor — I take a look at how former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe is attempting to steer Uber in a better direction.
Updating this blog might be the thing that I’m worst at in the world, so I’m typing quickly to get it done before I can change my mind. For the good folks at Backchannel, I profile DataMi, the Massachusetts startup that may well force us to tackle tough questions about the desirability of having our mobile data sponsored by advertisers and others.
In the wake of President Obama’s announcement that he’ll be taking steps to bring cell phones, Internet access, and other tools for connecting to the remarkably digitally-isolated country of Cuba, I went on the great public radio program “Marketplace” to discuss what it all might mean on the ground there.
In the newest issue of the Washingtonian I’ve got a snapshot of what’s happening with the oft-acronymed trade associations that have, for nearly a century, represented the interests of technologists in the public policy realm. The increasing presence of Internet-native companies in DC (think Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp) is nudging change in the field, as the various associations rethink what it means to speak for technology in Washington. The piece isn’t yet online, though it will be, here, in the next few weeks. In the meantime, as the Printing Industries of America might recommend, perhaps you might pick up a paper copy.
Update: Boom. Online now here.
If there’s a better way to spend a morning than discussing tech policy with two of my heroes, David Carr of the New York Times and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, I’m going to need help imagining it. But that was my Thursday. The audio is here.
For Strategy + Business, that’s here.
Four made a trend, so I’ve created Lincoln In…, a Tumblr blog of photos of statues of Abe Lincoln found around the world.
There’s a coming wave of books on the confluence of data, technology, and cities, which is fun, and I’ve been asked to review one of them, Anthony Townsend’s “Smart Cities” for Architectural Record. That’s here.
Hey, all. I’ve mentioned before this piece that looks at Uber’s public policy battles in D.C. and beyond, but the new news is that for a limited time it’s out from behind its paywall. Hope you enjoy it.
My dispatch from the 2013, and eighth, edition of Rootscamp, the annual gathering of progressives in Washington.
Also, while there I discovered that the great “gif” debate had been settled.
(Photo credit: New Organizing Institute)