Chris M. Lindsey

Father, Husband, Public Servant, Web Developer

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Why We Encrypt – Schneier on Security

Why We Encrypt, by Bruce Schneier.

The Importance of Social Media for Gov

Dan Pfeiffer, former Senior Advisor to the President, took to Medium yesterday to talk about the importance of President Barack Obama’s new Twitter account, @POTUS. He makes three key points:

  1. Twitter (and really, social media in general) is the place to talk to the public.
  2. You have to “go where the conversation is happening” and “actively participate in it”.
  3. The President will have to be active on Twitter for this to work. He also notes, “Anything that breaks down barriers and brings the public and politicians closer together is a good thing.”

These apply to governments and not just politicians. Maybe even more so. It’s about time to stop pretending that public hearings, press releases (and newspapers), and town halls are the best place to interact with citizens. Those are three ways to meet your residents. I mentioned on Twitter last week, I think govs should use both online and newspaper channels (and every other way possible) to reach citizens.

Become a 2016 Code for America Fellow

Design Isn’t Risky

Design isn’t risky — change is. Good design mitigates that risk.

Jeffrey Veen

More technologists are joining the US Digital Service! Andrew Nacin and Kara DeFrias have both posted recently about joining the USDS. See my previous posts on the USDS here.

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.

Gov Social Media Authenticity

https://medium.com/backchannel/the-man-who-made-obama-viral-1c06bc3c8760

On the need for authenticity in social media for gov folks:

It has to be an engagement strategy of actually, like, going back and forth with people, responding to people who disagree with you, or thanking people who say nice things or favorite their tweets. That’s not a natural thing for folks in government because it’s not really what people are trained to do. There’s risk involved and your goal as someone who works in the White House or anywhere in government is to keep yourself off the front page of the newspaper and not get unwanted attention.

The Queen Of Code, Grace Hopper

FiveThirtyEight has a great video about Grace Hopper, one of the first computer programmers or coders in the world. Her first tech related job title was actually “Computer”. Those were crazy times as modern computing was being founded. Hopper retired from the United States Navy as a rear admiral in 1986. She was the oldest active-duty commissioned officer in the United States Navy. She is also featured prominently in a book I recently read, the The Innovators by Walter Isaacson.

I wish I could embed the video here, but go watch it at FiveThirtyEight and learn about one of the pioneers of computing.

The Local Impact of Fiber

Susan Crawford has a great article on Medium about the benefits of fiber for cities.

This has become an even bigger topic since Google announced yesterday that they are expanding Google Fiber to even more cities across the United States.

I continue to believe that fiber is single best economic development project a municipality can fund. See here, here, here and here. But as fiber continues to roll out in more towns, the advantage won’t be there much longer.

 

Gov Inspiration from the US Digital Service

I’m loving this new video from the U.S. Digital Service (see previous posts on the USDS here):

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