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Does Your Neighbor Have the Right to Vote? And Other Questions This Election Cycle

September 12, 2016

Hey, with the election right around the corner, voting's more important than ever, but getting folks to vote is an ongoing effort. It's up to all of us to ensure the integrity of our voting process by getting registered and encouraging everyone who's able to vote. We've also gotta work to block efforts that prevent… Read more »

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Journalism Ethics and the Simple-Minded Nerd

August 12, 2016

I’m a news consumer, and just want news I can trust. I’m supporting trustworthy journalism via efforts like TheTrustProject.org and Wikipedia, but I’ve been fairly ignorant regarding related ethics, so … Poynter Institute has great online courses regarding journalism ethics, and, I’ve just gotten through the three most related ones, starting with the basics. I’ve learned… Read more »

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Why Wikipedia Could Become the People’s Newspaper of Record

June 8, 2016

Folks, Wikipedia is a record of what happened and what is happening in the world, and we need that historical record to make good decisions. To help out, I just donated $1 million to the Wikimedia Endowment, a collective action fund set up this year by the Wikimedia Foundation at the Tides Foundation. The endowment… Read more »

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Will You #Help1Family On Giving Day April 21?

April 5, 2016

Hey, the American Red Cross is holding its nationwide Giving Day on Thursday, April 21. This is the real deal, and is a great way to help out families who have been affected by disaster or emergencies. Their Giving Day's a one-day event, and the point's to rally Americans across the country to support the Red Cross, and… Read more »

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How the Internet Helps Shape the Moral Universe

June 19, 2015

These days, I spend most of my time in public service and philanthropy, which is my way to continue the unspoken purpose of the site I started some 20 years ago. (This is on a purely volunteer basis. I receive no compensation in any form for it, and pay all my own expenses. Here's why…) That's… Read more »

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Toward Trustworthy News: “Lies, Damn Lies, and Viral Content”

February 11, 2015

We’re talking about an authoritative report regarding “how news websites spread (and debunk) online rumors, unverified claims, and misinformation.” That’s not, in itself, news, but it’s real valuable in that this report brings together and surfaces a lot of untrustworthy and very common practices. My perspective, as usual, is that I’m a news consumer, never… Read more »

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