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Civil Geeks: Meet the Hawaii Team Behind Waze

My latest “Civil Geeks” column for Civil Beat introduces the everyday people behind one of the most popular navigation apps in the world. Waze, acquired by Google in 2013, incorporates traffic and incident reports from its more than 50 million users, giving it unmatched real-time information on everything from accidents to...

"Introduce a Girl to Engineering" workshop hosted by Maui Makers. Photo courtesy Laura Ulibarri.

Civil Geeks: State of the Maker Movement in Hawaii

  My latest “Civil Geeks” column for Civil Beat is an island-hopping survey of the Hawaii maker movement. I check in with The Makery in Hilo, Kauai Makerspace, Maui Makers, and Oahu Makerspace, as well as Honolulu Mini Maker Faire organizer Jon Shear. I loved interviewing some of the state’s most...

Thursday Lunchon Revisits ‘Future of News’

Newspapers continue to struggle, but local television news audiences have grown slightly. Most people now get their news on mobile devices, but the once niche medium of podcasts has seen its audience surge. And that’s only in the last year. Journalism and the overall media industry is in constant flux, which...

Adventures in Open Data

Adventures in Open Data

Local news startup Civil Beat today posted a piece on the names and salaries of state House and Senate members and staff. As before, they posted a watermarked PDF on Slideshare with the download feature disabled, and invited people to become “full members” to use their searchable database. But if...

Data Request Denied, Now Plan B

Data Request Denied, Now Plan B

I had a nice conversation this afternoon with Marie Laderta, director of the state Department of Human Resources Development, in response to my request to secure the same data her office prepared for Civil Beat (and which Civil Beat hid behind its paywall). She was professional, articulate, and demonstrated that...

Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

The headline proclaims, “Civil Beat Shares Hawaii State Employee Salaries” — but there’s a catch: you have to pay to get full access to the information. To be sure, there’s a reasonable and deep debate to be had over whether the names and salaries of government employees should be public in...

Meetup on Community Engagement Tomorrow

Meetup on Community Engagement Tomorrow

If you build it, will they come? Today, the technology needed to create an online social network can be found anywhere, but filling it with an active, loyal community still takes something special. Tomorrow, I’m honored to say I’ll be moderating a conversation about “Community Engagement on the Web.” We’ll...

Peer News Outlines Local Focus

Peer News Outlines Local Focus

This morning, Pierre Omidyar‘s local news startup Peer News hosted a conference call with journalists to provide an update on their venture, which was first announced in November. Among the key announcements made was that John Temple was coming aboard as editor, and that they were planning to launch by April...