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May 18 2018

Use apps. Not too much. Mostly productivity.

Fascinating new research from the World Economic Forum offers more insight about how using mobile apps leaves people feeling — and how moderation can reduce regret:

Here’s the key contention: for many of the apps that people uses the most, there is a time when the law of diminishing returns kicks in, after which time more use begins to leave us with increased regret.

That’s about 20 minutes a…

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May 17 2018

Why it's past time for governments to fix public comments online – and how

Why it’s past time for governments to fix public comments online – and how

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The Bot Wars, begun they have.

Over the past two years, automated social media accounts and fraudulent regulatory filings have been used by anonymous parties to obscure public opinion, distort public discourse, and corrupt the integrity of rulemaking in the United States government.

The legitimacy and utility of the open platforms that federal, state and local governments have built online to…

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May 16 2018

VA rejects Freedom of Information Act request for missing open government plan

VA rejects Freedom of Information Act request for missing open government plan

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The VA is being neither open nor transparent about its missing open government plans or policies.

On March 29, 2018, I made a Freedom of Information Act request to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in which I asked the agency for the open government plan, self-assessment and progress report that it prepared in 2016, recommendations for opening government data from the U.S.…

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May 11 2018

Open Government Partnership researchers find flaws and growing regression on open government in the USA

Open Government Partnership researchers find flaws and growing regression on open government in the USA

Today, researchers from the Open Government Partnership’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) shared a new end of term report that detailed both progress and regression in meeting the commitments in the third United States National Action Plan for Open Government between October 2015 and May 2017.

To be charitable, the researchers found a mixed record on open governmentduring that time period,…

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May 07 2018

Rebooting

 …and we’re back! I will be writing at E-PluribusUnum again this spring, along with tweeting @ePluribusUnum. The following post was originally published on my personal blog, offering some insight into the last two years and what lies ahead.

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My last day at the Sunlight Foundation was this past Monday, April 30, just over two years since I joined.My final day in the office, in fact, was 12 years…

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May 06 2018

Transitions

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My last day at the Sunlight Foundation was this past Monday, April 30, just over two years since I joined. My final day in the office, in fact, was 12 years to the day after the nonpartisan nonprofit was founded, an Internet era ago in 2006.

I’m glad that the last interview that I sat down for was Episode 304 of Michael O’Connell’s excellent “It’s All Journalism” podcast, taped over at Federal…

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November 25 2017

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2007 iPhone: 3.5" display, 320x480 pixel resolution at 163 ppi, 16 GB memory, 2 megapixel camera, 0.46“ thick, 4 ounces.
2017 iPhone: 5.8” OLED display, 2436 x 1125 resolution at 458ppi, 256 GB memory, 12 MP back/7MP front cameras, 0.30“ thick, 6.14 ounces.

1 decade of @apple 📱

November 24 2017

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I made my uncle’s oyster stew for Thanksgiving dinner, to rave reviews. Simple recipe, executed well: butter, garlic, onion, potato, bay leaf, stock, fantastic fresh oysters, light cream. I think he would have savored it and be pleased that we remembered his culinary mastery around the table together.

November 23 2017

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Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours. I’m grateful to be healthy, safe, & back in the USA — and for this fine cup of coffee.
Thank you for listening, connecting, & sharing.
Thank you to all those who are serving today, close to home or in harm’s way abroad.
May you find peace, kindness & good food today. (at Houston-Intercontinental Airport)

November 20 2017

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Argentina, here I come. Outlets and a big screen are cool, but I can’t be blasé about the leg room, not be anything but excited about the recline button given the 11 hours ahead.

November 15 2017

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Beautiful halls of power (at United States Capitol)

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What would Franklin do? (at United States Capitol)

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So, that was an interesting moment in the Senate: a dozen Senators ask questions (more arrived) I reach for answers. (at Mansfield Room, U.S. Capitol)

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Public access to Pennsylvania Avenue north of the @whitehouse remains restricted due to some kind of construction. This is getting old. #latergram (at The White House)

November 13 2017

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‪Maiden voyage with a birthday present: “smart” helmet with Bluetooth & LEDs that show turn signals. Watch for cyclists, DC drivers!‬

November 11 2017

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Fired up, ready to grill.

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Starting to help cook a birthday dinner for my older sister. My station: Herb-rubbed ribeye roast, crab balls. Game on. 🔥🍖🦀

November 10 2017

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‪This is my first visit to the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building, which is closed to the public. https://www.aoc.gov/capitol-buildings/oneill-house-office-building Glad to see some sunshine here.‬ (at Thomas P. O'neill Jr. Federal Building)

November 08 2017

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LEDs and teeth make pumpkin goblins easy and fun to make. Halloween is lingering this year as a result!

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That day when @johnwonderlich & I met @WaltShaub & talked about government ethics, oversight and reform. (at The White House)

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