Daily Digest | Iran: From the Streets to the Tweets
BY Editors | Monday, June 22 2009
- Iran Roundup: "It Is Your Duty to Report" Today, some ten days after the disputed presidential election in Iran that sparked a historic period of protests and other acts of resistance there, we'll take another look at what's happening in the context of technology, social media, and digital communications. One strain worth noting today: how the reporting of events circulates around the Internet now that there is an absence of coverage by foreign journalists on the ground in Iran.
- Obama's Patent Chief Choice Has Known Collaborative Tendencies Nancy says the White House has made an intriguing pick with nominating David Kappos to head up the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Kappos is well-known in the patent world as both a patent reformer in general and, from his position inside IBM, one of the driving forces behind Peer-to-Patent project in particular, that attempts to solve the Patent Office's resource allocation problem with collaboration and community review.
- Google + Data.gov + Gapminder Visualizations Google is today highlighting some advanced ways of using their search functionality, in what's obviously a bid to compete the less-linear kids on the search playground like Wolfram Alpha and Microsoft's Bing. But what's worth noting here is that two of the neat search gizmos Google is promoting, searches for earthquakes and population numbers, don't return the sort of from-the-web results we expect from Google. Instead, here Google is actually building its results from original government data sources.
- Obama's Weekly Address: Let the Buyer Be Aware President Barack Obama used his weekly address this week to highlight his plan to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The new office, proposed by Elizabeth Warren a few years back, would aim to help American consumers make better financial decisions by constructing choice options fleshed out by better, clearer, more structured data. Watch the address here.
- San Francisco's Data.gov Project...With VolunteersA Craigslist ad that was apparently posted by the San Francisco government is calling for contributors to what it calls the city's own version of Data.gov. It would seem difficult for a city to create such a thing purely with volunteers, on the other hand, if any city can do it, San Francisco would be the place.