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Today I drew my core end-user for my app in #DIL2013 @nyuwagner class. He is too cool. #art #tech #hipster #design #digital #edu #drawing (at NYU Stern School of Business)

Today I drew my core end-user for my app in #DIL2013 @nyuwagner class. He is too cool. #art #tech #hipster #design #digital #edu #drawing (at NYU Stern School of Business)

Cornell Alumnus Is Behind $350 Million Gift to Build Science School in City via NY Times.

futurejournalismproject: Friend Him: Isaac Newton is now Online

The University of Cambridge has  begun the process of posting its Sir Isaac Newton collection online. The works range include his college notebooks to later sketches, musings and drawings from his work on gravity, mathematics and optics.

Via the University of Cambridge:

The project aims to make Cambridge a digital library for the world and will move on from Newton to some of the University Library’s other world-class collections in the realms of science and faith. These include the archive of the celebrated Board of Longitude and the papers of Charles Darwin…

…Launching the website with more than 4,000 pages of its most important Newton material, the University Library will upload thousands of further pages over the next few months until almost all of its Newton collection is available to view and download anywhere in the world…

…In opening up Newton’s papers to the eyes of the world, the newly digitised archive reveals that not all his peers would have approved of his output being shared quite so openly.

Several of the manuscripts in the collection contain the handwritten line ‘not fit to be printed’, scrawled by Thomas Pellet, a Fellow of the Royal Society, who had been asked to go through Newton’s papers after his death and decide which ones should be published.

Of course, if Newton and Pellet knew then what we know now, nothing created quite remains private.

This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day via 

thedailywhat:The despicable Internet Blacklist Bill — known as the “PROTECT IP Act” or S. 968 in the Senate and the “Stop Online Piracy Act” or H.R. 3261 in the House — has been discussed on TDW in the past, but crunch-time is upon us as Congress officially began holding hearings today on the most harmful Internet censorship legislation of our time.

An informative video on the bill’s many ills has been posted above, but, in brief, the legislation, if passed, would essentially hand the Internet over to corporations, allowing them to sue and shut down any website that so much as hosts a link to copyrighted material.

Internet Service Providers could be forced to block social media sites, search engines could be required to delete results, and startups could lose their funding — all on the whim of the copyright holder.

Perhaps most distressing of all, however, is the fact that this bill, in true Orwellian fashion, does nothing to prevent actual piracy. The only thing it will succeed in doing is turning the Internet into a dystopic plutocracy where people are no longer free to share ideas and be creative for fear of running afoul of Big Business.

Despite what some would have you believe, the hearings are offensively lopsided, with pro-SOPA voices far outweighing those opposed. A slew of tech companies including Google, Yahoo!, Mozilla, Twitter, and AOL, have undersigned a full-page ad in today’s New York Times opposing SOPA, but it’s doubtful their voices will be heard by those who need to hear it. 

That means it’s up to you to get this terrifying, jobs-killing, Internet-breaking bill off the table for good. Here are a few things you can do:

— Reach out to your representatives in congress. Despite what they might think, they work for you. Remind them of that by e-mailing them this form letter (good), or look them up and write them a personal, heartfelt letter (even better).

Sign this petition, and also this one.

— Share this post and/or the video above. 

— Get the word out any way you can, because, soon, you may no longer be allowed to.

nycdigital:

Check out Fast Company’s article about NYC Digital’s strategic, metrics-driven approach approach to social media.
We are executing our strategy through:
The establishment of SMART, the Social Media Research and Advisory Taskforce, comprised of representatives from across NYC government to advise agencies in using and adopting new technologies.
Planning a Social Media Training Day, in which representatives from social media companies will give presentations on best practices. We will then use the these videos as a basis for our online Resource Center.
Hosting Agency Workshops in which we work with agencies to help launch their social media presences. 

nycdigital:

Check out Fast Company’s article about NYC Digital’s strategic, metrics-driven approach approach to social media.

We are executing our strategy through:

  • The establishment of SMART, the Social Media Research and Advisory Taskforce, comprised of representatives from across NYC government to advise agencies in using and adopting new technologies.
  • Planning a Social Media Training Day, in which representatives from social media companies will give presentations on best practices. We will then use the these videos as a basis for our online Resource Center.
  • Hosting Agency Workshops in which we work with agencies to help launch their social media presences. 

nycdigital:

Great Demos from all the hard-working teams this weekend at Reinvent NYC.Gov.

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