Daily Digest | Copycats, Conservatives, and Communiqués from Space
BY Editors | Friday, May 15 2009
- Tweeting... From Space! Lest you think astronaut Mike Massimino has the most amazing cell-phone plan in the known universe, he's Twittering from space via some sort of special NASA device that sends his 140-characters-or-less back to HQ. From there, they're relayed to the service. That's how we're getting reports like "Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!"
- The Reform Era. The New Deal. Obama's FCC? Nancy writes that the most salient reason Julius Genachowski's Senate confirmation hearing on his nomination to be chair of the Federal Communications Commission has been delayed seems to be an understanding by congressional Republicans that the U.S. is perched on the cusp of historic, transformative change in the media landscape. Republicans are searching for a heavyweight representative to the FCC who can put a conservative stamp on the commission.
- California Gov Candidate Borrowing a (Free) Idea from Obama Here's a sign that what might be called the Obama model of digital politics is trickling down to lower ticket races. During the Open for Question days the new president of the United States chose to use a completely no-cost tool freely available to the rest of us, rather than go the proprietary route. Now, Tom Campbell, a Republican candidate for California governor, is using Google Moderator to solicit ideas on the budget, water, schools, and more.
- When You Look at It That Way: Aggregating Lobbyist Disclosure Reveals There's Not a Whole Lot of It Happening ProPublica is going the last mile on stimulus lobbying disclosure. President Obama decreed that lobbyist contacts around recovery spending be documented in writing and posted to each individual agency's recovery site, such as the DOD's or DOE's. ProPublica scraped those sites and pulled together the reports in one place. But once the lobbying reports are collected together like that, something becomes immediately apparent: they're aren't a whole lot of them.
- Intellipedia Curators Nominated for Service To America Medal When an intelligence analyst writes a paper, it quickly becomes stale; in some cases, because of the time it takes to review and publish reports, they're stale before anyone ever sees them. With Intellipedia, analysts and policymakers can always have a live version of the Intelligence Community's collective knowledge and assessments. Now, the CIA's lead curators and advocates for Intellipedia have been nominated for the Service To America medal.
- NIST and the Big Bang NIST, the office within the Commerce Department responsible for setting standards and measuring stuff, has released a rather awesome new video explaining their development of ultra-refined microwave sensors that just might be able to measure the universes gravitational waves "a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang." Check out possible evidence of "cosmic inflation."
- PdF 2009 Preview: Douglas Rushkoff and Tara Hunt Micah's going to start posting about the variety of fantastic speakers and panels we're having at Personal Democracy Forum this year, and he's starting with one of the most unusual, our session with authors Doug Rushkoff and Tara Hunt on "Building the Social Economy: CraigBucks, NewMarks and Making Whuffie."
- PdF 2009: A Peek at the Breakout Sessions (in Formation) We're hard at work on this year's sixth annual Personal Democracy Forum, taking place June 29-30 in New York City, and this is a good time to share more details on all the incredible breakout sessions in the works. Get a sneak peek at those here.