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Google Glass and the Future

By Mike Loukides
April 29, 2013

I just read a Forbes article about Glass, talking about the split between those who are “sure that it is the future of technology, and others who think society will push back against the technology.” I don’t see this as …

Culture transmission is bi-directional

By Jim Stogdill
October 11, 2012

I read this piece in the New York Times the other day and have read it two or three more times since then. It dives into the controversy around DARPA’s involvement in hacker space funding. But frankly, every time I …

Congress launches Congress.gov in beta, doesn’t open the data

By Alex Howard
September 19, 2012

The Library of Congress is now more responsive — at least when it comes to web design. Today, the nation’s repository for its laws launched a new beta website at Congress.gov and announced that it would eventually replace Thomas.gov, the …

President Obama participates in first Presidential AMA on Reddit

By Alex Howard
August 29, 2012

Starting around 4:30 PM ET today, President Barack Obama made history by going onto Reddit to answer questions about anything for an hour. Reddit, one of the most popular social news sites on the Internet, has been hosting “Ask Me …

Wall Street’s robots are not out to get you

By Renee DiResta
August 17, 2012

Technology is critical to today’s financial markets. It’s also surprisingly controversial. In most industries, increasing technological involvement is progress, not a problem. And yet, people who believe that computers should drive cars suddenly become Luddites when they talk about computers …

The complexity of designing for everywhere

By Jenn Webb
August 14, 2012

In her new book The Mobile Frontier, author Rachel Hinman (@Hinman) says the mobile design space is a wide-open frontier, much like space exploration or the Wild West, where people have room to “explore and invent new and more human …

With new maps and apps, the case for open transit gets stronger

By Alex Howard
August 13, 2012

Earlier this year, the news broke that Apple would be dropping default support for transit in iOS 6. For people (like me) who use the iPhone to check transit routes and times when they travel, that would mean losing a …

The risks and rewards of a health data commons

By Alex Howard
August 9, 2012

As I wrote earlier this year in an ebook on data for the public good, while the idea of data as a currency is still in its infancy, it’s important to think about where the future is taking us and …

On co-creation, contests and crowdsourcing

By Mark Sigal
August 2, 2012

I had decided to update the branding at one of my companies, and that meant re-thinking my logo. Here’s the old logo: The creative exercise started with a logo design contest posting at 99designs, an online marketplace for crowdsourced graphic …

On email privacy, Twitter’s ToS and owning your own platform

By Alex Howard
July 31, 2012

If you missed the news, Guy Adams, a journalist at the Independent newspaper in England, was suspended by Twitter after he tweeted the corporate email address of a NBC executive, Gary Zenkel. Zenkel is in charge of NBC’s Olympics coverage. …

Discovering science

By Mike Loukides
July 31, 2012

The discovery of the Higgs boson gave us a window into the way science works. We’re over the hype and the high expectations kindled by last year’s pre-announcement. We’ve seen the moving personal interest story about Peter Higgs and how …

Esther Dyson on health data, “preemptive healthcare” and the next big thing

By Alex Howard
July 26, 2012

If we look ahead to the next decade, it’s worth wondering whether the way we think about health and healthcare will have shifted. Will healthcare technology be a panacea? Will it drive even higher costs, creating a broader divide between …

Rethinking regulatory reform in the Internet age

By Alex Howard
July 25, 2012

As the cover story of a February issue of The Economist highlighted, concerns about an over-regulated America are cresting in this election year, with headlines from that same magazine decrying “excessive environmental regulation” and calling for more accurate measurement of …

The dark side of data

By Mike Loukides
July 23, 2012

A few weeks ago, Tom Slee published “Seeing Like a Geek,” a thoughtful article on the dark side of open data. He starts with the story of a Dalit community in India, whose land was transferred to a group of …

Overfocus on tech skills could exclude the best candidates for jobs

By Mike Loukides
July 20, 2012

The requirement that candidates must have worked with a corporate API might seem logical to an unseasoned executive or non-technical HR person but it's as wrong as you can get.

“It’s impossible for me to die”

“It’s impossible for me to die”
By Mac Slocum
July 19, 2012

Julien Smith believes I won’t let him die. The subject came up during our interview at Foo Camp 2012 — part of our ongoing foo interview series — in which Smith argued that our brains and innate responses don’t always …

Economic impact of open source on small business

By Mike Hendrickson
July 18, 2012

A few months back, Tim O’Reilly and Hari Ravichandran, founder and CEO of Endurance International Group (EIG), had a discussion about the web hosting business. They talked specifically about how much of Hari’s success had been enabled by open source …

Data Jujitsu: The art of turning data into product

Data Jujitsu: The art of turning data into product
By DJ Patil
July 17, 2012

Having worked in academia, government and industry, I’ve had a unique opportunity to build products in each sector. Much of this product development has been around building data products. Just as methods for general product development have steadily improved, so …

Some sideways thinking about cyberwarfare

By Tim O'Reilly
July 16, 2012

Foreign policy, including the possibility of cyberwarfare, is no longer just between nations, but between nations and individuals, between nations and big companies, and between companies and industries.

A lever is always better than a lone coder

A lever is always better than a lone coder
By Mac Slocum
July 9, 2012

If we accept that software development is a team activity (it is), the importance of collaboration and communication becomes clear. Team Geek authors Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman discuss the nuances of modern programming in this interview.

You still need your own website

By Mac Slocum
July 3, 2012

Brett Slatkin's hope for a federated social web hasn't worked out as expected, so he's shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn't abandon your website for third-party platforms.

You still need your own website

You still need your own website
By Mac Slocum
July 3, 2012

Brett Slatkin's hope for a federated social web hasn't worked out as expected, so he's shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn't abandon your website for third-party platforms.

William Gibson got some of it right

William Gibson got some of it right
By James Turner
June 25, 2012

"Neuromancer," written 28 years ago, predicted a technological wonderland we're still waiting for. But its corporate dystopia is already here.

The emerging political force of the network of networks

By Alex Howard
June 22, 2012

The ninth Personal Democracy Forum explored the nexus of technology, politics and campaigns. What's happening online matters offline. Indeed, the barrier between the virtual and physical worlds has fallen.

Copyright and "intellectual disobedience"

By Mac Slocum
June 18, 2012

"Sita Sings the Blues" creator Nina Paley explains her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright and notes that current copyright laws are "completely out of touch with human behavior."

Copyright and "intellectual disobedience"

Copyright and
By Mac Slocum
June 18, 2012

"Sita Sings the Blues" creator Nina Paley explains her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright and notes that current copyright laws are "completely out of touch with human behavior."

Stories over spreadsheets

By Mac Slocum
June 14, 2012

Imagine a future where clear language supplants spreadsheets. In a recent interview, Narrative Science CTO Kris Hammond explained how we might get there.

Stories over spreadsheets

By Mac Slocum
June 14, 2012

Imagine a future where clear language supplants spreadsheets. In a recent interview, Narrative Science CTO Kris Hammond explained how we might get there.

Stories over spreadsheets

Stories over spreadsheets
By Mac Slocum
June 14, 2012

Imagine a future where clear language supplants spreadsheets. In a recent interview, Narrative Science CTO Kris Hammond explained how we might get there.

mHealth apps are just the beginning of the disruption in healthcare from open health data

By Alex Howard
June 8, 2012

Two years ago, the potential of government making health information as useful as weather data may well have felt like an abstraction to many observers. In June 2012, real health apps and services are here, holding the potential to massive disrupt healthcare for the better.

mHealth apps are just the beginning of the disruption in healthcare from open health data

By Alex Howard
June 8, 2012

Two years ago, the potential of government making health information as useful as weather data may well have felt like an abstraction to many observers. In June 2012, real health apps and services are here, holding the potential to massive disrupt healthcare for the better.

In defense of frivolities and open-ended experiments

By Bradley Voytek
June 8, 2012

Before you scoff at the pointlessness of yet another social network, web app, or project, remember that we don't always do the research or build the company that is immediately useful or profitable.

Can Future Advisor be the self-driving car for financial advice?

Can Future Advisor be the self-driving car for financial advice?
By Alex Howard
June 4, 2012

Given the turmoil in financial markets and uncertainty abroad, good financial advice has never been more valuable. Startup Future Advisor looks to democratize personalized financial advice using the Internet, data and algorithms.

Can Future Advisor be the self-driving car for financial advice?

By Alex Howard
June 4, 2012

Given the turmoil in financial markets and uncertainty abroad, good financial advice has never been more valuable. Startup Future Advisor looks to democratize personalized financial advice using the Internet, data and algorithms.

US CTO seeks to scale agile thinking and open data across federal government

By Alex Howard
May 29, 2012

In this interview, U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park lays out his ambitious agenda to apply technology in the public interest. Park has introduced new presidential fellowships and programs to scale open data across the federal government, releasing more health information and making digital government citizen-centric.

US CTO seeks to scale agile thinking and open data to all federal government

By Alex Howard
May 26, 2012

In this interview and series of videos, U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park lays out his ambitious agenda to apply technology in the public interest. He has introduced new presidential fellowships and programs to scale open data across the federal government, releasing more health information, make digital government citizen-centric, make it easier for startups to work with government, cut down fraud through mobile payments, and scale the Blue Button across America.

White House launches new digital government strategy

By Alex Howard
May 23, 2012

The nation's top information technology officials introduced a bold new strategy for 21st century digital government that is built upon data, shared services, citizen-centrism and hews to consistent methodologies for privacy and security.

White House launches new digital government strategy (in HTML5)

By Alex Howard
May 23, 2012

The nation's top information technology officials introduced a bold new strategy for 21st century digital government that is built upon data, shared services, citizen-centrism and hews to consistent methodologies for privacy and security.

A gaming revolution, minus the hype

By Jenn Webb
May 22, 2012

"Playful Design" author John Ferrara discusses gaming's place in cultural transformation, and he offers five universal principles of good game design.

A gaming revolution, minus the hype

A gaming revolution, minus the hype
By Jenn Webb
May 22, 2012

"Playful Design" author John Ferrara discusses gaming's place in cultural transformation, and he offers five universal principles of good game design.

You'll be live in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

By Mac Slocum
May 11, 2012

The introduction of Google+ Hangouts On Air marks the beginning of live video's disruption. Here's two reasons why this is a big deal.

You'll be live in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

You'll be live in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
By Mac Slocum
May 11, 2012

The introduction of Google+ Hangouts On Air marks the beginning of live video's disruption. Here's two reasons why this is a big deal.

Commerce Weekly: The competitive push toward mobile payment

Commerce Weekly: The competitive push toward mobile payment
By Jenn Webb
May 10, 2012

The New York Times takes a look at the different mobile payment solutions, MasterCard surveys the globe to see who's ready for mobile payments, and the CEO of i-Cue Design suggests a faster mobile shopping solution. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Think of it like a political campaign: Baratunde Thurston's book marketing

By Sarah Milstein
May 8, 2012

Make it easy for people to help you — that's a simple but oft-overlooked concept that author Baratunde Thurston says is essential to book marketing. He shares additional marketing tips and tools in this interview.

Think of it like a political campaign: Baratunde Thurston's book marketing

Think of it like a political campaign: Baratunde Thurston's book marketing
By Sarah Milstein
May 8, 2012

Make it easy for people to help you — that's a simple but oft-overlooked concept that author Baratunde Thurston says is essential to book marketing. He shares additional marketing tips and tools in this interview.

Commerce Weekly: Mobile payments and the consumer experience

Commerce Weekly: Mobile payments and the consumer experience
By Jenn Webb
May 3, 2012

A real-world account of mobile payments, two new apps point to social as the next big thing for mobile commerce, and NFC finds a new role in the Nook. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

The UK's battle for open standards

By Simon Wardley
May 2, 2012

Influence, money, a bit of drama — not things you typically associate with open standards, yet that's what the U.K. government is facing as it evaluates open options.

Utopia on a budget: A completely practical plan for regaining paradise

By Doug Hill
May 1, 2012

Planetary Resource's asteroid project is undeniably ambitious, yet in their press conference the company's executives took pains to emphasize the pragmatism of their approach.

Design your website for a graceful fail

Design your website for a graceful fail
By Jenn Webb
April 26, 2012

A failure in secondary content doesn't need to take down an entire website. Here, Etsy's Mike Brittain explains how to build resilience into UIs and allow for graceful failures.

True in spirit: Why I liked "Captain America," but didn't like "John Carter"

True in spirit: Why I liked
By Tim O'Reilly
April 18, 2012

Why is the "Captain America" film a better adaptation than "John Carter"? Because "Captain America" understands the essence of what matters about the main character. The same notion applies to the authenticity of business brands.


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