Archive for October, 2009

Inside the App Economy

October 27, 2009

Great article from Businessweek discussing the future of the App craze for businesses.

Internet Set for Change with Non-English Addresses

October 27, 2009


“The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN — the non-profit group that oversees domain names — is holding a meeting this week in Seoul. Domain names are the monikers behind every Web site, e-mail address and Twitter post, such as “.com” and other suffixes.

“One of the key issues to be taken up by ICANN’s board at this week’s gathering is whether to allow for the first time entire Internet addresses to be in scripts that are not based on Latin letters. That could potentially open up the Web to more people around the world as addresses could be in characters as diverse as Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Hindi and Cyrillic — in which Russian is written.”

Makes me think about the overwhelming amount of information that can and will be shared over the Internet. Also reminds me of the importance of quality in data and information, because so much of what is out there is just noise.

The Song Decoders at Pandora

October 22, 2009

Pandora, an Internet radio service, is convinced that by pouring information through a computer into an algorithm, it can guide you, the listener, to music that you like. The premise is that your favorite songs can be stripped to parts and reverse-engineered.

What’s interesting to me is that our future is headed towards more and more data being applied to subjects which previously were considered “artistic.” Check out the New York Times article here.

Connecticut to Scrutinize Food Labels

October 15, 2009

That “Smart Choice” cereal you buy for your children may not be so smart after all. The Connecticut attorney general said that he was investigating a national labeling campaign that promotes products like Froot Loops and mayonnaise as nutritionally smart choices. Fascinating article from the New York Times.

Libraries and Readers Wade Into Digital Lending

October 15, 2009

As young people become used to reading everything online, public libraries across the country are expanding collections of books that reside on servers rather than shelves. Interesting article from the New York Times.

Speech to the Community Indicators Consortium

October 3, 2009

I gave the speech below to the Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) today.  CIC is a terrific group committed to the neutral presentation of data for the benefit of community advancement.  For more information about CIC, see   I am a member of the CIC and if you have an interest in joining, please email me and I will put you in touch with someone in membership.