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Anthony Bourdain tries the Waffle House

Everything is Hitched

Inside the Obama Tech Surge as it Hacks the Pentagon and VA

Inside the Obama Tech Surge as it Hacks the Pentagon and VA:

To the dismay of government contractors, the United States Digital Service is gloriously hacking away in the VA and the Pentagon.

More great work by Steven Levy, Backchannel, and Medium.

How to Make Moonshots

Medium posted Astro Teller’s closing keynote remarks from South by Southwest Interactive. Astro oversees Google[x], the division of Google that’s devoted to making long-term technological innovations. The talk is very inspirational.

This is the world I want to live in:

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport… Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

I wish this happened far more often (the rarity justifies this post), but I see us going in the direction of openness.

Apollo Mission Control Explained

This is the greatest thing I’ve read online in a long time, courtesy of Ars Technica: Going boldly: Behind the scenes at NASA’s hallowed Mission Control Center. And also, Apollo Flight Controller 101: Every console explained.

This Is Why Governments Struggle with the Use of Social Media

Unless government organizations understand that what really sets social media apart is the word “social” rather than “media”, and that they are people tool and not corporate tool, most attempts at developing effective strategies will be futile.

Andrea Di Maio, This Is Why Governments Struggle with the Use of Social Media.

Year Interview with Edmonton City Manager

I’ve had this link sitting in my inbox for a long time, and I’ve been meaning to post it.  An Edmonton, Alberta, blog posted this interview with the City Manager on his year anniversary.  I really like a lot of what Simon Farbrother implemented in Edmonton and his general mindset.

Google Opens More Public Data

Google Public Data Explorer now has census data and state government finance data.

The Effects of Social Networking on Revolutions

Fareed Zakaria:

But clearly today’s information technology has the effect of disintermediating. It breaks down hierarchies. It breaks down monopolies. That’s got to be good for the individual, and it must be bad for dictatorships.

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