After a failed Congressional bid in 2010, former Rhode Island State Representative David Segal joined with digital prodigy Aaron Swartz to form lefty advocacy group Demand Progress.
The organization went on to play a central role in the remarkable Internet uprising last year that killed a pair of bills known as SOPA and PIPA.
Word came, today, that Mayor Angel Taveras won a $5 million prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies for a clever approach to improving childhood literacy. I wrote about the idea back in November. Here's the piece:
all know, on some level, that impoverished kids face long odds. But
quantification has a way of casting a problem like this in stark relief.
A new report from the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU finds flawed Internet filtering software and unaccountable public school administrators are effectively censoring student access to the web.
Among the material that's been blocked in Rhode Island schools: the Smithsonian web site, a video clip of the Nutcracker ballet, and a You Tube video on Social Security.
After his failed Congressional bid in 2010, former Rhode Island state representative David Segal teamed up with tech progidy Aaron Swartz to form liberal advocacy group Demand Progress.
Soon thereafter, a federal grand jury indicted Swartz for breaking into a computer wiring closet at MIT and downloading millions of academic articles he planned to distribute for free on the web.
Angus Davis, who runs Swipely - the Providence firm that helps small companies accept payments and crunch sales data to better understand customers - has landed on Forbes "Most Promising CEOs Under 35" list.
"Today's recognition by Forbes validates
both our huge opportunity, and our traction with customers," said
Davis, in a statement.
Tim White, WPRI-TV's ace investigative reporter, is becoming the man to go to for your comeuppance.
First, it was Congressman David Cicilline, who began his "apology tour" with White, seeking forgiveness for declaring the city of Providence in "excellent" fiscal condition during the 2010 campaign. And now it is former Republican Governor Donald Carcieri, who breaks his silence on the 38 Studios debacle with a White interview that will air, in part, on WPRI tonight at 5 and 6 pm.
Netroots Nation, the lefty bloggers' conference, is coming to Providence next weekend. And we've got our big preview issue out today. My colleague David Bernstein asks whether the netroots can beat the corporate money flooding the 2012 elections, post-Citizens United. And with Occupy set to be a major topic of conversation, Chris Faraone looks at the police crackdown on reporters covering lefty protest.
RISD President John Maeda has championed a shift from STEM to STEAM, adding "Art" to the "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)" drive animating American education and economic development these days.
Maeda's push is, among other things, a bid to recognize the importance of design in our economy (the iPod is as much a triumph of design, after all, as it is a triumph of technology)
Curt Schilling, in his interview with the Providence Journal, suggests Governor Lincoln Chafee was acting irresponsibly when he publicly declared that the state was working to keep 38 Studios "solvent" and later said the company's first game was an "abject failure."
He also attacks Chafee for revealing two of the company's closely held secrets - that it was spending $4 million per month and that its next game, code-named Project Copernicus, wasn't scheduled for release until June 2013.
Keith Olbermann may have pulled out of Netroots Nation, the lefty blogger's conference coming to Providence June 7-10. But organizers can claim another progressive media star: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. Mary Rickles, communications coordinator for the event, passed along the word today. More big names to be confirmed in the coming days, she says.
Governor Lincoln Chafee, who's had a tough go of it since taking office on a crisp day in January 2011, has looked more statesmanlike this week than at any point in his tenure.
That is due, in part, to the nature of crisis. When something big and troubling happens in a state, all eyes turn to the chief executive. Think of Governor Carcieri after the Station nightclub fire.
As soon as news broke of financial troubles at former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company, observers began comparing the firm to Solyndra. Former GOP gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille made the analogy just yesterday in an interview with WPRI-TV.
On the surface, the comparison makes some sense: the Obama Administration invested in Solyndra, the solar energy firm, only to watch it go bust - prompting questions about government picking winners and losers in the private sector.
Just back from buisiness incubator Betaspring's 2012 Spring Launch Day in their new, loft-space offices on Chestnut Street, right down the street from Phoenix HQ. And it was enough to give you some hope for the economic future of our fair city (full disclosure: one of Betaspring's principals, Owen Johnson, is my wife's cousin).
In the "in case you missed it" category:
Interesting item in the Wall Street Journal this week - it had appeared on wsj.com's Law Blog a week earlier - focused on Rhode Island US Attorney Peter Neronha, who brought a big case against Google for knowingly running ads for rogue online pharmacies. It resulted in a $500 million settlement.
Congressman James Langevin has signed on to an alternative to the controversial Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation in the House of Representatives.
Langevin is now a co-sponsor of the OPEN Act, introduced by California Republican Darrell Issa, which aims to move piracy disputes to the International Trade Commission (ITC) and address some of the Internet companies' concerns about SOPA and its Senate corollary, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).