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Adriel Hampton commented on Dress the Same Every Day, or Let Your SO Pick Your Clothes? 2014-11-14 13:35:13 -0500@def_chewbacha wise man
It involved bank account, credit card and identification verification, an app called "Authy," and a surprisingly high transaction fee (about 1% - and the exchange rate for these things is all over the place), but in less than 15 minutes of effort, I bought my first bitcoin using Coinbase.
(Oh, and if you use my referral link in the image above to join this with me, we both get $5 of satoshis.)
Adriel Hampton commented on Gov 2.0 Where Are They Now? A Five-Year Retrospective 2013-12-16 21:45:24 -0500
Adriel Hampton commented on Healthcare.gov: a failure for open gov buzzwords 2013-10-03 00:55:43 -0400Established vendors also sometimes know what they’re doing (bringing that up because Sivak dinged Percussion, and those guys have built some MONSTER web properties).
Open source is driving a lot of innovation, but not in the “we crowdsourced the code” way, more in the “we use Postgres and shared libraries” way. IMO, open source isn’t the answer in itself to government technology improvements – the biggest wins will come from procurement reform to bring in more competition-driven advancements in tech infrastructure.
CNN has a handy breakdown of how House and Senate members plan to vote on military strikes on Syria. My Rep from the San Gabriel Valley, Judy Chu, is undecided! Sadly, my Senate reps are in the "let bombs fly" category.
If your rep is undecided, you should lobby them directly. If you're in Chu's district, she's got a constituent survey up that you can take here. And please sign and tweet out my petition. Thanks!15 signatures
No U.S. war with Syria!
Adriel Hampton commented on Supervisor David Campos up for relection with NationBuilder-powered DavidCamposSF.com 2012-10-13 16:25:43 -0400Looking forward to it!
Adriel Hampton published League of California Cities - Giant Fail on Open Data and Government as Platform in Blog 2012-06-25 01:12:18 -0400
For the past few years, my primary advocacy focus has been on increasing government efficiency and transparency through technology. One of the areas of focus for me and other government-reform-through-technology advocates has been "open data", or increased access to government information, in machine readable and structured formats where possible. Other prominent open data advocates include Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and the Craigslist Foundation, and Tim O'Reilly, a tech publisher who has popularized the notion of "government as a platform" for economic growth and innovation.
Over the past several months, I've been supporting a California initiative that would incorporate a modest "open data standard" into the California Public Records Act.
The bill is backed by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the SF Tech Dems (a group I co-founded last year), the California Faculty Association, California Teachers Association, Common Cause, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and many other prominent good government and employee groups across California and the United States. The most important provision of the bill, the California Senate 2011-2012 session's SB 1002, by Sen. Leland Yee, would ensure that when available, records would be produced in electronic form searchable by free software. The changes the bill proposes to California law are key to ending practices of posting records in unsearchable formats that are not indexed by search engines and are of low value for resuse and research.
Regretfully, the lobbing group League of California Cities has made gutting or killing this modest and needed reform one of its top priorities. The League, in a muddled screed nearly as long as the simple open data bill, makes false assertions about its language and intent, and attacks the aims of open data advocates: "It appears that the bill sponsors are more focused on imposing a new mandate requiring public agencies to create new data files and formats on request, to facilitate the creation of commercial, information-based products and services at public expense." In fact, open government advocates are very forward about our goals, which include reuse of existing government data as an economic engine. It is befuddling and troubling that the California League of Cities would object to beneficial reuse of public records and adjacent economic growth. (Ironically, the League's effort to kill this important economic growth and government transparency bill is funded by your money and mine in the form of its public funding for Capitol lobbying on behalf of city executives.)
SB 1002 is the product of open and public discussion by open government advocates around the state, nation and world. The League of California Cities has participated only through misleading lobbying and efforts to mute open data advocates.
Adriel Hampton is an entrepreneur, private investigator and journalist. He is a founding employee of NationBuilder, founder of Gov 2.0 Radio, advisory board member of LegiNation Inc., and co-founder of the SF Tech Dems. Before joining NationBuilder, he worked for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office for six years, where he developed the office's social media practice, and as an editor and writer at the San Francisco Examiner, ANG Newspapers and the Lodi News-Sentinel.
I came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999 as a junior transfer into Cal Berkeley's Rhetoric program. On Sunday, I'll be driving a U-Haul down I-5 to a new home in Arcadia after months of commuting from Dublin to a downtown LA office. After a dozen years doing journalism and investigations in San Francisco and the East Bay, it's what I've been up to this past year that's leaving the biggest mark on the city I now leave behind.
NationBuilder, a company I joined last May as its third employee, has more customers in San Francisco than any city besides Los Angeles, and I believe the greater Bay Area is the No. 1 market once you count up my friends in Oakland and Berkeley using our community organizing software. So while I'll miss San Francisco and the Bay Area, I'll still be here in a very meaningful way.
Source: SF Dept of Elections, June 5, 2012 unofficial election results
Back in November, I proposed that California adopt an open data standard for official documents. Scores of you signed on to support such legislation, and Sen. Leland Yee, D-SF, shortly thereafter proposed a step in the right direction - SB 1002, which makes machine readability a criteria for open records in the California. On Thursday, the bill passed out of the Senate, 34-0.
This bill nearly went down and it is to the credit of many of you in Adriel Nation that it didn't. Just last week it was basically dead in the Appropriations Committee, before a flurry of calls, emails and faxes to two key senators on the committee helped resurrect the bill.
Here is Leland's statement on the passage of the legislation out of the Senate.
And here is an article on the bill from California Forward.
I want to thank all of you for your efforts promoting this important principle - that records posted online should be in the most accessible possible formats. There is a long way to go, but this is a great step in the right direction for efficient, transparent and technologically adaptive government. Special thanks to Javier Muniz of Granicus, whose support for open government and thoughts on how to advance it helped spur my efforts on this issue, and to David Cruise, whose tireless advocacy helped to get SB 1002 this far.
Adriel Hampton published Last chance for open data formats legislation in Open Data Community 2012-05-22 00:29:55 -0400
We've got 36 hours to prevent the demise of open data legislation in California.
Please call and send (preferably fax) letters to the Senators on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Encourage them to support SB 1002 and move it from the suspense file. When calling offices you can use the basic format of:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am a resident of __________. I urge Senator __________ to vote yes on SB 1002: California Open Data and move it from the suspense file.
Adding in a quick tidbit regarding the bill is fine.
- Open data costs are minimal because almost all software used by agencies is already able to achieve these tech standards.
- Open data allows for better transparency and civic engagement because data and documents can be found online using common search engines.
- Open data helps spur research and innovation because both researchers and developers can use common software to access the data.
- Open data helps those reliant on assistive technology (such as text-to-speech software) to access information online. Helping encourage more equal access to government information.
- Open data helps citizens resource and utilize electronic information with greater ease, lessening the reliance on calling or visiting agencies.
When sending letters please personalize the letter to include your information and insight. There is a sample letter available for reference.
The members that need to hear from us are:
Senator Kehoe (Chair)
Senator Steinberg (pro Tem)
Please call and fax and leave a comment here letting us know you've done so.
After calling and faxing, email Sen. Kehoe, Chair of Appropriations.