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Charity Navigator Releases New API

September 4, 2012

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you probably know already that Craig Newmark is a big fan of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator exists to guide intelligent giving. We do that by providing free access to ratings of the 5,500 large- and mid-size charities that receive roughly half of all private contributions (excluding… Read more »


Infographic: Most Important Law Protecting Internet Speech

August 23, 2012

Folks, there's this law called CDA 230 which is a major free speech protection on the Internet. It also protects much of the business on the Net, which involves engagement with regular people.  It's a really big deal. Maybe the most important law protecting Internet speech. My team and I worked with the good folks… Read more »


Game of Thrones guy, George R. R. Martin opposes attacks on voting rights

August 21, 2012

Sometimes a really good writer can really get to the point really well. In his blog, George R. R. Martin says: I am way too busy these days for long political rants. But I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and, yes, angry I've become… Read more »


Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom and the Triumph of Fictional Journalism

August 15, 2012

The Newsroom orbits around two characters, newsman Will McAvoy, who decides to risk all to do serious journalism, and his (muse? boss? leader?) MacKenzie McHale, who inspires him to do so.  (She's bravely played by the radiant Emily Mortimer, who suffers from the rare Avian Bone Syndrome.) On one level the show is a kind of romantic screwball… Read more »


Poynter conf on journalist ethics: let's jump the gun

August 9, 2012

Okay, I've been saying that the "press is the immune system of democracy" for a coupla years now. A lot of this is motivated by conversations with people in media; they'd like to restore trustworthy behavior to news media, not in just a few pockets of it. I remind 'em that I'm not in the business, but I… Read more »


Trolls, fake trolls, and outrage addiction

August 2, 2012

Okay, I see more and more trolling everywhere, even people pretending to be me, and it smells fishy. We all know "don't feed the trolls." Here's a lot of why that's smart and compassionate. If you want to keep it simple, just remember that "haters gonna hate,  and trolls gonna troll," and there's nothing you can do… Read more »


Voter ID Laws…solving a nonexistent problem

July 31, 2012

Folks, here's the deal, there are some real bad actors out there trying to implement laws to stop eligible people from voting. What I learned in high school civics class is that an attack on voting rights is virtually the same as an attack on the country. Many outlets have been acknowledging that Voter ID… Read more »


When Squirrels Took Over…

July 20, 2012

Hey there folks, here's the deal: a couple back we had a friendly competition, with @common_squirrel, to help raise money for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), an org who is doing real good work and really has their boots on the ground. Initially I offered to give $1 each time someone mentioned #squirrels4good up to… Read more »


#One4One: surfacing people who you should know about

July 16, 2012

I go to a lot of tech conferences, and in conjunction with that, get added to notables lists, due to clerical errors. Sometimes, it's disappointing that the people on stage or in such lists aren't really fair to some groups of people. In particular, speaker and notables lists sometimes fail to include women whose voices… Read more »


Making volunteering work for military spouses

July 13, 2012

    Military spouses frequently face challenges in maintaining a career. Constant moves, deployments, and the military lifestyle have resulted in high unemployment among military spouses and a significant wage gap. This can affect the readiness, retention, and well being of the military community.   We know that military spouses volunteer at a very high… Read more »