PostArctica: And More Around Verdun Lately

PostArctica: And More Around Verdun Lately

Terahertz: The Coin-Change Problem

Since moving to the UK, I’ve been interested in what’s called the "coin-change problem." Simply put, it comes down to what is the best set of coins that minimizes the number of coins in my wallet. Canada currently has 5c, 10c, 25c, $1, and $2 coins (having recently eliminated the penny), while Britain and Europe ... Thoughts on the White House Executive Order on Open Data

As those steeped in the policy wonk geekery of open data are likely already aware, last Thursday the President of the United States issued an Executive Order Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. This is, quite frankly, a big deal. Further down in the post I’ve got some links and ... LinkedIn is as confused about what I do as everyone else

Often when I meet people, they ask me what I do. The challenge is, there is no easy answer to that question. I advise companies and non-profits on strategy, I do advocacy work and serve as an expert on open-innovation, open government and open data, I also work a negotiation consultant and mediator, I do ... You Have No Rights – Because you are Breaking the Law Right Now

For those who missed it, which I suspect is most people, there is a fantastic Op-Ed in the New York Times by Peter Ludlow of Northwestern University. Titled Hacktivists as Gadflies it is a scary look at how much legal power the US government has over people who use the web (e.g. pretty much anyone) since almost ... International #OpenDataDay: Now at 90 Cities (and… the White House)

Okay. We are 10 days away from International Open Data Day this February 23rd, 2013. There is now so much going on, I’ve been excited to see the different projects people are working on. Indeed there is so much happening, I thought I’d share just a tiny fraction of it in a little blog post to highlight ...

Paulitical Satire: A Short-Term Blog Hiadus

Thoughtful, inquisitive Paul… So, in case you haven’t already noticed, this space has been pretty quiet for the past month or, hmmm, maybe even longer. Over time, I have gone from posting a few times a day (like at the beginning), to once a day, to a few times a week…then just Movie Monday. Now ... Playing with Budget Cutbacks: On a Government 2.0 Response, Wikileaks & Analog Denial of Service Attacks

Reflecting on yesterday’s case study in broken government I had a couple of addition thoughts that I thought fun to explore and that simply did not make sense including in the original post. A Government 2.0 Response Yesterday’s piece was all about how Treasury Board’s new rules were likely to increase the velocity of paperwork ... Bridge to Somewhere: Open Data in Public Policy

Yikes, two days in a row! I’ve got a piece on open data up on Tech President… If you haven’t had the chance, check out It’s a simple but wonderful example of data journalism that shows both the effectiveness and the limits of opening up data…. The OGP at Year One: Off the Ground – So Where Next?

I’ve got a post up at Tech President assessing the accomplishments and challenges facing the Open Government Partnership on its first year of operations…      

Paulitical Satire: The Truth About Disappointment – Movie Monday

So, the past couple of months there have been some high profile political loses, at all levels of government. Whether I agree with the loses, like in the case of last week’s vote about abortion, or no it occured to me that so much of politics and of life was about dealing with disappointment.  With ... Suddenly, what happens online matters

Yesterday, the Globe and Mail had a very good editorial about online death threats. In short, the piece argues that death threats made online matter and shouldn’t be treated as somehow “inferior” to those that happen in “real life.” Death threats made on the Internet can be as serious as death threats made in person ...

Paulitical Satire: Who’s got the Summer Crazies??

So, anyone who frequents this site will know that I am a fan of Warren Kinsella’s. Yes yes, I know that many of you think he’s a douche, but this is my blog and I’ll like who ever I want. (ummm…na na na na, boo boo…?).Anyway, Mr. Kinsella, my second favourite prince of darkness, wrote ... Posts on Open Source Community Management

For those stopping by my page because of my OSCON keynote here are some links on community management that might be of interest: Structurelessness, feminism and open: what open advocates can learn from second wave feminists (this is in part about why open source communities are not pure meritocracies). Developing Community Management Metrics and Tools ...

Paulitical Satire: Show and Tell – What I did on my Summer Vacation

Toronto in all it’s glory! So, today is my first day back to work after 10 days of vacay and I must say….it was pretty awesome! My girlfriend and I took part in the time honoured (?) tradition of a “staycation”. Given that we live in the Big Smoke that means that we toured around ... The Long Tail of Ushahidi

I’ve got a post up over at TechPresident on Ushahidi. I’m basically responding to a new site called DeadUshahidi that points out a lot of Ushahidi maps never generate a lot of reports: What has the people at DeadUshahidi concerned is that long tail of “dead” projects. I mean, look at all those unsuccessful maps! ... Dear Neglected Blog Readers… (some updates and cool links)

… I’ve not stopped blogging! I’ve just been really swamped and having my intellectual batteries recharged. Frankly, I’ll admit they were feeling flat, but I got some really juicy posts I’m mulling over. In the mean time I’m just trying to catch up on life – it’s been an exciting 7 days. Here’s a list ... My LRC Review of “When the Gods Changed” and other recommended weekend readings

This week, the Literary Review of Canada published my and Taylor Owen’s review of When the Gods Changed: The Death of Liberal Canada by Peter C. Newman. For non-Canadians Peter Newman is pretty much a legend when it comes to covering Canadian history and politics, he was editor of the country’s largest newspaper and main ...

Paulitical Satire: "Does This Blog Suck?" And Other Questions I Might Be Asking Myself About How to Blog

So, you’ve probably been noticing a number of posts recently about content or the use of this blog. As you have likely guessed, I’m still trying to figure out what the best way to use my blog and deliver content. I struggle with giving people what they want and attracting new people to this space, ...

Paulitical Satire: To Tweet or to Blog? That is the Question

So, for those of you who haven’t clicked the link on the left yet, you don’t know that I have a very active twitter account. Because of this, I often struggle with where to post my random thoughts. I try my best to use this space to go into more depth than 140 characters could ... Sharing ideas about

As some of you may remember, the other week I suggested that on its one year anniversary we hack – specifically, that people share what data sets they find most interesting on the website, especially as it is hard to search it. Initially I’d uploaded a list of all the data sets on the ... Like me, Canadians prefer Patriots over Giants this sunday (or so says Google data)

After a rough bought of food poisoning… I’m back. For some random reasons I got a PR notice from the people at APEX communications in Toronto who Google insights to see which of the two Superbowl NFL teams Canadians were searching for more. So… okay, just Canadians searched more for the Patriots doesn’t mean that ... When Social Media Experts Don’t Look Beyond Social Media: GoDaddy, Mashable and Kernel

This week, while enjoying a little down time, I’ve been peeking online from time to time to see what has been going on with the Go Daddy boycott. For those who haven’t been following the story, Go Daddy, a internet domain registration company, came out in support of SOPA – a proposed US law that, ... Neo-Progressive Watch: Rahm Emanuel vs. Teachers Union

Anyone who read the Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope will have been struck with the amount of time the then aspiring presidential candidate spent writing about public education policy. More notably, he seemed to acknowledge that any effort at education reform was likely going to butt heads with teachers unions at some point and ...