2065: The Future of Technology, Data, Citizen Engagement, and Open Government

In 1964, Isaac Asimov boldly shared his thoughts on the distant year of 2014. While Asimov’s prescient look 50 years into the future identified some accurate hits (smart homes, video-chatting, 3D television, and self-driving cars), there are also some disappointing misses (more readily available space travel, flying cars, and underwater colonies) that have yet to […]

Opportunity does not knock

“Opportunity does not knock. It presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Eric Taylor My friends know that I do not half-ass things. And just as well, because what really gets done in life if we don’t “whole-ass” things? I love what I love, and I invest in it deeply. In the game […]

Reflections on Four Years of Open Data

It has been a pleasure working on “open data” at the World Bank the past four years. Open data brought together many of my professional and personal interests including data, technology, transparency, citizen engagement, social good, and innovation. In fact, despite experiencing both boundless potential and disappointing limitations, I am even more passionate about both […]

mission statement: an ode to the internet

So what exactly am I doing here? What do I hope to accomplish with this site and newly re-minted digital presence? There is something about this venture that reminds me of my very first experiences of the web- namely, the fun of setting up my own personal site (Geocities, baby!) back in 1995. Even in […]