Here's a really nice writeup on the CONNECT Code-a-thon at iHealthBeat. They quote me a lot, which is what makes it really nice.
Most of you already know about the US Courts' shameful profiteering through the PACER system. They charge $0.08/page for public court documents and in so doing stifle the public's access to their own content. Not long ago, our friends at CITP released an open source project called RECAP. When you install this gem in your … Continue reading US Courts: Open Source Will Make You Break the Law
If this is the future of computing as a whole, why should U.S. health IT be an exception? Indeed, given the scientific and ethical complexities of medicine, it is hard to think of any other realm where a commitment to transparency and collaboration in information technology is more appropriate. And, in fact, the largest and … Continue reading Washington Monthly on Open Source in Healthcare
Open standards are motherhood and apple pie – they ensure a level playing field in which many implementations can compete against each other, keep the barrier to participation low for newcomers, will outlive any given company, and ensure that systems can communicate with each other with a minimum of fuss. In other words, open standards … Continue reading Open Source and Open Standards
Our Constitution defines the rules that guide our nation. It was drafted by those who looked around the world of the eighteenth century and saw persecution, torture, and other crimes against humanity and believed that America could be better than that.-- Leon Panetta, "No Torture. No exceptions."
Bruce Schneier is one of the top computer security researchers in the world. Among many other things, he invented the term "security theater." He interviewed Kip Hawley, the TSA Administrator. It's a fantastic conversation. It's serialized here: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/07/conversation_wi_4.html
How do you know you've made it to the big time? You get your own google.
Sugata Mitra installed a computer in a concrete wall, facing an alley that local children used as a bathroom. In short time, these mostly illiterate children became computer-literate -- downloading MP3s, drawing with MS Paint, and playing games on disney.com.
The children create their own metaphors to do this. To give you an idea of what I mean, a journalist came up to one of these kids and asked him, "How do you know so much about computers?" The answer seemed very strange to her because the kid said, "What's a computer?" The terminology is not as important as the metaphor. If they've got the idea of how a mouse works and that the Internet is [like a wall they can paint on], who cares if they know that a computer is called a computer and a mouse is called a mouse? In most of our classes here at NIIT, we spend time teaching people the terminology and such. That seems irrelevant to me with these children.
An outstanding visualization of the federal budget, complete with zoomy interface. Budget Graph