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Data sharing drives diagnoses and cures, if we can get there (part 2)

By Andy Oram
April 29, 2013

Editor’s note: Earlier this week, Part 1 of this article described Sage Bionetworks, a recent Congress they held, and their way of promoting data sharing through a challenge. Data sharing is not an unfamiliar practice in genetics. Plenty of cell …

Data sharing drives diagnoses and cures, if we can get there (part 1)

By Andy Oram
April 29, 2013

The glowing reports we read of biotech advances almost cause one’s brain to ache. They leave us thinking that medical researchers must command the latest in all technological tools. But the engines of genetic and pharmaceutical innovation are stuttering for …

U.S. House makes legislative data more open to the people in XML

By Alex Howard
January 11, 2013

It was a good week for open government data in the United States Congress. On Tuesday, the Clerk of the House made House floor summaries available in bulk XML format. Yesterday, the House of Representatives announced that it will make …

The United States (Code) is on Github

By Alex Howard
December 6, 2012

When Congress launched Congress.gov in beta, they didn’t open the data. This fall, a trio of open government developers took it upon themselves to do what custodians of the U.S. Code and laws in the Library of Congress could have …

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 …

Mr. Issa logs on from Washington

By Alex Howard
July 25, 2012

An interview with Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on open government, personal data ownership, a digital Bill of Rights, Internet freedom, regulation, and more.

Uncertain prospects for the DATA Act in the Senate

By Alex Howard
July 25, 2012

The old adage that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure” is often applied to organizations in today’s data-drenched world. Given the enormity of the United States federal government, breaking down the estimated $3.7 trillion dollars in the 2012 budget …

We the People need our existing Bill of Rights to apply in the digital domain

By Alex Howard
July 14, 2012

The proliferation of a series of proposals for "Internet freedom" and a digital "Bill of Rights" highlights the interest of civil rights advocates in affirmative principles and a problematic lack of hooks to specific policies or binding commitments from policy makers.

Passage of CISPA in the U.S. House highlights need for viable cybersecurity legislation

By Alex Howard
April 27, 2012

The passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives has raised grave concerns about is potential effect on digital privacy and civil liberties.

Passage of CISPA in the U.S House highlights need for viable cybersecurity legislation

By Alex Howard
April 27, 2012

The passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives has raised grave concerns about is potential effect on digital privacy and civil liberties.

Sage Congress: The synthesis of open source with genetics

By Andy Oram
April 19, 2012

A conversation with Sage Bionetworks founder Stephen Friend about how open source can support a business model in drug development, the progress of current data sharing projects, and more.

The week the web changed Washington

By Alex Howard
January 20, 2012

Collective action channeled through the Internet halted the progress of SOPA and PIPA this week. The promise of these communication tools has come of age, and they'll be sorely needed to face the challenges of the 21st century.

What happens when an old law is updated for the digital age?

By Jenn Webb
December 21, 2011

The '80s-era Video Privacy Protection Act had the unintended consequence of inhibiting consensual sharing of video viewing habits. Attorney Dana Newman weighs in on updated legislation.

Can the People's House become a social platform for the people?

By Alex Howard
December 12, 2011

Leaders of the House of Representatives met with Facebook developers and open government advocates to talk about how technology can improve the legislative process. New prototype apps hint at the future that awaits the "People's House" in the 21st century.

Congress considers anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries

By Alex Howard
November 22, 2011

In a time when the American economy needs to catalyze innovation to compete in a global marketplace, members of the United States Congress have advanced legislation that could cripple the Internet industry, damage cybersecurity and harm freedom of expression online.

Congress considers anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries

Congress considers anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries
By Alex Howard
November 22, 2011

In a time when the American economy needs to catalyze innovation to compete in a global marketplace, members of the United States Congress have advanced legislation that could cripple the Internet industry, damage cybersecurity and harm freedom of expression online.

How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive

By Audrey Watters
June 2, 2011

One year after Twitter donated its archives, the Library of Congress is still building the infrastructure to make the data accessible to researchers.

How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive

By Audrey Watters
June 2, 2011

One year after Twitter donated its archives, the Library of Congress is still building the infrastructure to make the data accessible to researchers.

How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive

How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive
By Audrey Watters
June 2, 2011

One year after Twitter donated its archives, the Library of Congress is still building the infrastructure to make the data accessible to researchers.

Web 2.0 risks and rewards for federal agencies

By Alex Howard
July 23, 2010

Testimony from government officials and a consumer watchdog before Congress highlighted how social media is affecting government, including the changing nature of official records in the digital age.

Dear Congresswoman DeGette: A Question Regarding Your Intolerance Of New Ideas

By M. David Peterson
July 6, 2009

Inspiring. Thought-provoking. Invigorating. Life-changing. These are just a few of the words we've heard used to describe the Aspen Ideas Festival, the action-packed, weeklong exploration of some of the most important ideas and pressing issues we face presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic magazine. So begins the overview for the Aspen Ideas Festival, a yearly event devoted to the promotion of ideas -- new or old -- related to "some of the most important ideas and pressing issues we face" as a society. Ideas related to some of the most important ideas and pressing issues? You would think that such a bill would garner some serious attention. And given the lineup of speakers, certainly respect from someone representing the good people of Colorado's 1st Congressional District, right?

Lawrence Lessig Leaving Stanford; Returning To Harvard; Safra Center

By M. David Peterson
December 12, 2008

In a recent post to his blog, Professor Lawrence Lessig of Stanford Law School announced a change in focus, and therefore a change in his location on this planet: It's back to Harvard and the Safra Center.


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