Clearing the Cache: Pilots, Proxies, and Pashto Poetry
BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 2 2009
- From the White House Flickr stream: "WASP pilot Bernice Falk Haydu pulls back the chair of President Barack Obama after signing S.614, a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots."
- The White House posts the salaries of some staffers, making use of Socrata ("Making Data Social").
- Maps from the New York Times digital folks: "The Shifting American Footprint in Iraq."
- NedaNet: "We're just computer hackers and computer users from all over the planet doing what we can to help the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom." Why they're needed: "People we talk to inside Iran say that almost no proxies are usable any more." The lesson: "[D]on't wait until the tanks are in the streets to figure this out, because by that point, you may have already lost the proxy war."
- Social media outreach is moving "in baby steps" in Afghanistan, but radio broadcasts of Pashto poetry seem to be well-received.
- Commerce and USDA release guidelines on who can get which money for what and how under the $7 billion broadband provision in the stimulus.
- VA CIO: "We should stop discussing how to move our 1970s-era COBOL systems into Web 2.0. It's not going to happen."
- Tweeting is changing farming.
- And David All is attempting to change tweeting -- or, at least, "have a little bit of fun" with an advocacy campaign targeted at @whitehouse.
- Speaking of using Twitter to advocate and agitate, @BarackObama's asking of folks to "PLS RT" a link to health care stories produced 355 retweets -- about one republishing for every 4,500 followers. (Thanks for the tip, you know who you are.)
That's if for me until Tuesday, folks, as I'm tacking on an extra day to the holiday. Enjoy your weekend.
(With Micah Sifry; White House photo by Pete Souza)