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Protecting the Internet via the upcoming FCC vote

February 17, 2015






Okay, long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public. The deal is that on February 26th, the FCC will vote on rules that promote strong Net Neutrality, which is about a level playing… Read more »

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Salvation Through Comedy

February 13, 2015






Okay, I realize that I'm not as funny as I think I am, which Mrs. Newmark will remind me about now and then. However, sometimes I want to confront people with an unpleasant truth, and confrontation often makes thing worse. (By "truth", I mean what I think is the truth; please adjust for that.) In… 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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Why Crowdfunding’s a Good Idea

February 3, 2015






Folks, lots of people have been doing crowdfunding campaigns lately, myself included, and they're pretty effective. In 2013 alone, crowdfunding raised about $5.1 billion worldwide – something we showed in the infographic, Cracking the Crowdfunding Code. Here's why crowdfunding's a good idea: Lots of people have good ideas, and I believe that the internet should… Read more »

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4 Useful Social Platforms Right Now

January 29, 2015






Hey, I'm pretty social online; something that might seem counter-intuitive considering I'm a hardcore nerd, but actually we nerds tend to be very comfortable online, that is often our primary social milieu. The informal email list/newsletter which evolved into craigslist was a great example of the kinda social I’m good at. (Yes, otherwise, I'm fairly… Read more »

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How to Restore Trust in News

January 22, 2015






To Restore Trust in News, We Need Less Click Bait, More Accountability This is an evolving discussion in response to hopeful signs from people in the news industry who are committed to seriously trustworthy journalism. My personal bias is simply that I'm a news consumer, and just want news I can trust. I feel that… Read more »

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4 MLK Quotes That’re the Real Deal

January 19, 2015






“Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the quote that motivates much of my philanthropy. And it's kinda how I try to "save the world" DIY-style… But when it came to saving the world, MLK, Jr. was the real… Read more »

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How Star Trek Deepened My Support for Women in Tech

January 15, 2015






I started as a hardcore nerd whose wish for fairness and equality was deepened by watching Star Trek. I started Sunday school, Jewish version, very young, and I think that's where I started hearing about the Golden Rule, treating people like you want to be treated. That was reinforced in later grades. By the time… Read more »

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Is the Boss an Empty Suit?

January 12, 2015






For the most part, I consistently screwed up when I started new work. Being a nerd usually means no instinct for social norms or conventions, and it took me more than 25 years to catch on to what humans normally intuit. Here's my brief take on what I wished I'd done, and some of it… Read more »

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Over $4.1 Million Raised for Nonprofits

January 9, 2015






Folks, the CrowdRise #GivingTower Holiday Challenge was a really big deal and raised lots of money for nonprofits. A total of  $4,141,131 was raised for charity. That includes all prize money (I gave $50k) and the money raised by all the charities, online and offline. That's 15.5x leverage on the prize dollars. The Grand Prize winners… Read more »

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