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U.S. House of Representatives Allows Use Of Open Source Software | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology

As the executive branch of the United States government quietly works on creating an official open source policy, the legislative branch is also movin...

Help Others Be Happier and Higher-Performing Together at Work

Kare Anderson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Kare Anderson

Stay sought-after by enabling others to proudly use their best talents together on things that matter to them. As William Butler Yeats wrote, "Because I helped to wind the clock, I come to hear it strike."

Public Shaming on the Internet

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

In an age when interpersonal communication is primarily driven by digital technology, it is indisputable that bullying is already back -- and that it has taken the form of digital public shaming.

Journalism Uber Alles

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.26.2014 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

If you take a look at the most successful companies that are purely derivative of the web (as opposed to old companies that have been jammed into the web), you get an interesting (and very valuable) list.

Four Takeaways From John Henry's Message to Boston Globe Readers

Dan Kennedy | Posted 12.28.2013 | Media
Dan Kennedy

John Henry's nearly 2,900-word message to readers of the Boston Globe could have been little more than an exercise in public relations. But Henry is also unexpectedly revealing about himself and how he intends to run the Globe.

Crowdsourcing for Credit

Deborah Stambler | Posted 07.07.2013 | Technology
Deborah Stambler

Learning about democracy through a free online platform from a highly respected university gives me hope for where MOOCs could take us.

Our Democracy Is Only as Strong as Our Press

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 02.06.2013 | Media
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Many have despaired over the perceived decline of journalism. But I see many reasons for hope. In our new digital environment, what endures is the need for excellence, knowledge and integrity from a free press who helps people become good citizens.

Not Strictly Academic: What I Got Out of My Harvard Education

The Levo League | Posted 08.19.2012 | Women
The Levo League

In this day and age, professional degrees aren't a cure-all for your career.

A Digital Happily-Ever-After

Tijana Milosevic | Posted 07.23.2011 | Technology
Tijana Milosevic

"The Pippa Middleton Ass Appreciation Society," which by now has over 200,000 Facebook fans, raises interesting questions of how we choose to use our spare time and the role of social media in this process.

How Internet Tools Emphasize Our Priorities

Dyane Jean François | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dyane Jean François

To say that the internet turns people into loners would be slander against this passive technology.

Wikipedia Turns 10 Years Old

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

Ten years old is a remarkable achievement. To go from being a fringe idea to the center of the free culture movement is more than remarkable, it's important.

For Artists & Arts Organizations: 6 Steps to Building Your Base Through Authentic Engagement

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

This past Monday (Nov. 15th), I gave a talk for Women in Development, New York at El Museo del Barrio. The topic was 'Fundraising in the Age of Social...

Stories of Passionate Engagement

Miguel Guhlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Miguel Guhlin

If students and communities can easily share what they are passionate about in their lives, will they share stories about school?

Facebook and the Database Society

Adam Elkus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Adam Elkus

What Facebook has created cannot be undone. Though Zuckerberg and his business may fade into obscurity, the database society they helped create is here to say.

Spending Our Cognitive Surplus

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bradley W. Bloch

For the large swath of humanity that lives in modern industrial societies, the great existential question is simply this: What are we to do with our free time?

Can The Internet Save The Book?

Salon | Julie Klausner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In his 2008 book, "Here Comes Everybody," Shirky imagined a world without traditional economic or political organizations. Two years later and Shirky ...

The Pixelization of Journalism

Charlie Firestone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charlie Firestone

The journalism business is unbundling. The functions that a newspaper performed alone can now be undertaken by new, nimble entrants, by repurposed other players, or by the public itself.

WSJ vs. NYTimes on How Dumb You Are or Aren't

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tim Berry

In the WSJ-colored trunks, Clay Shirky, NYU prof, author, intellectual. And for the Times, Matt Richtel, of the San Francisco bureau, in Silicon-Valley-colored trunks. Let the games begin.

Is "Everyone" the Media now?

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Rosenbaum

However you read it, Clay Shirky's new book clearly has something to say. The world was formerly broken up into passive consumers and powerful distributors, but now it's being blown apart by the web.

PdF 2010 LIVE BLOG: The State of Tech-Powered Politics

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

Forget CPAC. Never mind the DLC. Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) serves as the quintessential hub of examining where politics is headed in our tech-centric, increasingly mobile, socially connected 21st century.

PSFK Talks to Dennis Crowley of foursquare

Piers Fawkes | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Piers Fawkes

Crowley argues that a location based service needs to evolve to understand a user contextually -- to tap into your calendar, for example, and understand if you have a hole in your schedule.

Behemoth Blogs Over The Web

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Almost everyone weighing in agreed that blogging has become more corporate, more ossified, and increasingly indistinguishable from the mainstream medi...

Ted@State: A Trip To The Nation's Capitol

Adriana Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adriana Dunn

The U.S. political system is no longer inaccessible and shrouded in secrecy. The prime example of this new attitude was yesterday's TED@State talk.

How to Become a "Death of Newspapers" Blogger

Paul Dailing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Paul Dailing

The more you self-reference, pick feuds and talk about the failure of TimesSelect, the better you're doing. If you make it sound like you're the one who figured out newspapers are dying, you win.

Clay Shirky is Right: Newspapers' Death is Journalism's Loss

Tom Watson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Watson

The Internet has been a destructive force for many business models, but none threatens the basis of the republic as much as the digital knife busily sawing at the fraying Achilles tendon of American newspapers.