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We, The Internet

January 23, 2012

Hey, this article: Antipiracy Bills Put on Hold in Congress (subscription link) was kind enough to quote me. Here's the original, for our mutual amusement: We, The Internet, have had a serious grassroots victory for democracy. Now is the time for us to turn that success into a tipping point which restores the American vision of honest… Read more »


The #perfectgift that keeps giving

January 20, 2012

Folks, if you remember, I began the #perfectgift campaign on my birthday in December to help out the American Red Cross. The deal was that people would tell us what their #perfectgift would be, for themselves or someone else, and for each mention across the web, until December 31, 2011, I would donate up to… Read more »


Internet 1, SOPA 0 (or, the Internet defends the Internet)

January 15, 2012

Looks like the Internet is winning a battle against some really bad potential law. To me, "the Internet" means the people who use it; the systems, not so important. The bad law: SOPA and PROTECT-IP, which supposedly address real needs, but in practice, are means by which bad actors (with lots of money and lawyers)… Read more »


Martin Luther King National Day of Service coming up

January 14, 2012

Okay, you can read more about it, including the "ambassadors of service", including what I'm saying: “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Now, let's everyone connect via the Internet to make that real. We've started to do that, surpass good… Read more »


An observation regarding factchecking and journalism from an outsider

January 13, 2012

Okay, I'm not in the news business, and I'm not going to tell anyone how to do their job. However, it'd be good to have news reporting that I could trust again, and there's evidence that factchecking is an idea whose time has come. This results from smart people making smart observations, at two recent conferences about factchecking,… Read more »


Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights our work with Donors Choose

January 10, 2012

Hey there – last week I posted about craigconnects' mention in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, but didn't realize I missed a few: This article links to a video clip where I talk with Donors Choose: One Charity’s Board Adds Up to an Internet Brain Trust   I explain that, "Donors Choose is about getting teachers… Read more »


Fact-checking the fog of war

January 10, 2012

Guest post by Benjamin Davies Fact: War is complicated. But knowing where armed actors are and in what number is about more than what army has what weapons – that information can also alert at risk civilians to impending attacks and pressure policy makers to protect them. Access to that information has almost always been… Read more »


Is email going out with 2011?

January 6, 2012

Here's the deal, folks: I just counted, and over the course of 2011, I received around 162,000 emails and sent about 34,000. This is an impressive decrease from the previous years where I had a constant number around 200,000 coming in and 50,000 going out. If I were to guess, I'd say that I've sent… Read more »


My craigconnects philanthropy stuff is getting around

January 5, 2012

It's becoming more and more clear that the craigconnects experiment I started last March has gotten off to a better start than I'd ever expected. The site's recently been noticed by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which is a big deal. It's still all pretty surreal to me, I never anticipated the work I'm doing to… Read more »


16 People and Organizations Changing the World in 2012

December 26, 2011

I recently invited people to share blog posts explaining How You Will Change the World in 2012 for the new Social Good Blog Series I launched earlier this month. Changing the World requires planning and it's important to think about what problems really need solving. I wasn't sure what kind of response I'd get to… Read more »