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Social security customer service

March 3, 2011






Hey, the folks at the Social Security Administration are moving head, providing increasingly better customer service through the Net. Think Social Security is just for your grandparents? Think again!  You probably didn’t know that, in addition to making retirement payments and issuing Social Security cards, the program offers other types of coverage – for people… Read more »

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Millenials reimagine America’s future

March 2, 2011






Okay, it's time for young Americans, millenials, to figure out what their version of the American Dream is, and to figure out how to get there. The folks at the Roosevelt Campus Network are getting maybe 8000 young citizens to get involved with www.think2040.org to reimagine America’s future and take action to realize that vision… Read more »

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Donorschoose: HP Netbook to Connect and Create With Aussie E-Pals

February 28, 2011






Okay, the deal with DonorsChoose.org is that you can give a hand to kids and teachers that they sometimes really need. (This is part of an ongoing thing: 186 projects supported 9,287 students reached.) It let me help Mrs. Coats’ second-grade class at Clay Lamberton Elementary in Berlin, Wisconsin set up a netbook center.  Now… Read more »

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The World Wide Web Foundation

February 28, 2011






Hey, there are a lot of good groups advancing the cause of the open net, and also extending that to people who need a break. One particularly effective group is the World Wide Web Foundation, and it has notable credentials. One of the principals is Tim Berners-Lee, who pretty much invented the Web. In the… Read more »

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SeeClickFix gets local gov't stuff done

February 23, 2011






Hey, if you see some kind of local problem that the city should fix, the folks at SeeClickFix really do have an app for that. You can report the problem with a photo and geotagging, informing local gov't. In San Francisco, it's tied into the 311 system. Here's a problem along with a little of… Read more »

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An open source approach to Veterans Affairs medical info

February 21, 2011






For years, the VA has run the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), which is their Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Turns out it was written by clinicians themselves, and has served well over years. However, the VA believes it might be time to use open source methods in a kind of public/private… Read more »

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Industry innovation for veterans from Veterans Affairs

February 11, 2011






Okay, the deal is to work with private industry in the spirit of "public/private innovation" and to figure out new tech to better help vets in the field, in areas including medical tech, housing for homeless vets and tools to help veteran entrepreneurs Those were the themes of the third phase of the VA Innovation… Read more »

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Springtime in Cole Valley

February 7, 2011






Townsend's Warbler, flowering tree already losing petals. (click for larger)

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Funding for public service media in trouble

February 7, 2011






It turns out that large and small stations alike along with NPR and PBS are in danger of losing the public support that they've received since 1967. There are already three bills before Congress to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting entities. If you feel that's wrong, check out 170Million Americans for Public Broadcasting I… Read more »

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VA Blue Button moves ahead with vets health records

February 3, 2011






The Blue Button is a way for a vet to download their personal healthrecord, maybe to bring to a doctor or clinic. It's a moving target, abig step toward getting more info available and accessible. It's one of many efforts across government to provide better medical care at lowercost for everyone. Blue Button draws mostly… Read more »

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