Blog

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

Beyond the electronic whiteboard

As seen on Cairns: Nothing too new about electronic whiteboards as a collaborative tool (see, for example, this experiment from Colorado). But the InterWrite MeetingPad creates a new range of options. It's a wireless, handheld tablet that uses Bluetooth to communicate...

Another setback for political science

Yesterday I finally received my doctorate. The actual piece of Latin-inscribed paper showed up at my door care of Fedex (classy move, Harvard!), officially licensing me in the practice of political science. Yesterday was also the deadline for submitting proposals for...

Better than Blogging?

As seen on Cairns: In the course of writing a recent story on e-campaigning, I had an interesting conversation with Michael Cornfield about the blogging phenomenon. Michael is the politics guy at the Pew Internet and American Life project, and a great source of wisdom...

A download button that works

download Firefox immediately. Where will this madness lead? "Submit" buttons that submit your form, without asking you to please reformulate the syntax for your birthdate or street address? Help numbers that connect you with actual live helpful people? Fellow fans of...

Bad sharers

Looking for a snapshot of how the war against terrorism is hurting the Internet? Check out the letter that ran in the Circuits section of today's New York Times. To the Editor:''Where Good Wi-Fi Makes Good Neighbors'' (Oct. 21) did not take into account two serious...

Social capital for beginners

The Encyclopedia of Informal Information has a very nice overview of social capital. For anyone who wants a quick intellectual history of social capital as an idea, and a quick peek at some of the key findings to date, this is a great place to start.

The morning after the night before

Less than twelve hours since victory seemed uncertain, and the Bush camp is already spinning the heck out of its big victory. What I don't understand is why the media is swallowing the line about this being an historic victory. I just caught a CBC-Radio teaser,...

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