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This blog rounds up my posts from around the web, including for the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal and Medium.

Social media for political scientists

This week I taught a short course at the American Political Science Association meetings on Social Media for Political Scientists. While political scientists can learn from the good advice now available online on social media in academia, they are in a special...

Live blog: Cyber Security in a Wikileaks World

I am at the APSA panel on Cyber Security in a Wikileaks World, which I will be live blogging for the next couple of hours. Tweet me your questions aboutany of the papers (you can download them, or just follow along here) and I will happily ask them when the time...

Anticipating the virtual wedding

Today's Globe & Mail features a story about the "iPad bridesmaid": the woman who attended her friend's wedding via iPad. Since Renee Armstrong couldn't make it the wedding in person, a groomsman carried an iPad to which she was connected via FaceTime (Apple's...

Respecting the billable hour

Can I have $500? One of the interesting things about being a consultant or entrepreneur is that people ask you for that kind of money all the time. I was reminded of this recently while catching up with a friend who (unlike me) is still involved in the daily work of...

An online cure for an unsustainable model of leadership

Jack Layton's death has me thinking back over many years of NDP activism, going back to the very first campaign I ever worked on: Dan Heap's 1984 election campaign, when one of the most tireless presences in the committee room was that of Dan's young constituency...

The 6th tech-inspired kid failure: autotunitis

Last week I wrote about 5 tech-related kid failures. I somehow managed to leave out the one that is currently the biggest source of irritation in our house: autotunitis. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the disorder, autotunitis is a vocal condition afflicting...

5 kid failures caused by technology

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Today I'm brutally overtired because our 7-year-old kept us up for an hour in the middle of the night. Cause: nightmares inspired by the iPad game Plants vs. Zombies. If this feels like divine retribution for exposing my kids to...

10 essential iPad and iPhone apps for your next road trip

When you're about to hit the road, you need to look at your iPad or iPhone as a Swiss Army Knife: a device to load up with the essential tools that allow you to rise to any challenge. Here are 10 apps I won't leave him without: TripAdvisor: To check out reviews of any...

Packing list: 11 tech accessories for your web-enabled road trip

If only Apple would introduce an Apple Store passport! We're well on our way to the goal of getting stamped at every Apple Store in North America. Not (only) because we make a point of seeking out each retail location in hope of finding some as-yet-unseen doodad, but...

5 surprising facts about my OS Lion install

Last night I finally installed OS X Lion. What makes this surprising: I waited three whole weeks from the time of release! A new record of personal restraint in holding off from the pain and suffering of early adoption. The tipping point for me to finally make time...

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