NY Times Open Sources “The Hive” a Platform for Crowdsourcing News and Info

Looks pretty cool, and props to the NY Times for open sourcing this platform, called “The Hive.”

“We were intrigued by the idea of designing a service that defined the pieces of a crowdsourcing process in a highly flexible, customizable and modular way, and how such a platform could expand the set of things available to crowdsource….The system we built is Hive, an open-source platform that lets developers produce crowdsourcing applications for a variety of contexts.”

Curious to see what folks do with this. You can see “The Hive” platform in action here.


The Next Stage in the Digital “Identity Wars.”

I’ve been following what is been called the “Identity Wars” for a long time. Here is a post of mine from a few years back on this exact topic. In essence it’s the same space it was then, with Google and Facebook being the prime owners of the “digital you” and Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft trying to move up.  But at least one more major player is about to join in.

This article I think accurately grasps the next stage in this battle, where Apple where Touch ID will grow that into a serious offering for logins across the digital space…websites, apps, even as Apple Pay tries to do the same in the physical payment world.

I keep wishing for a serious, distributed, secure authentication/identity system that no one company owns, and that puts the user in charge of their own Identity directly.

But with the death of both OpenID and then later with Mozilla giving up on BrowserID/Persona, I don’t even see a faint hope of one. Am I missing something? If so, let me know in the comments.

Some great thoughts on how to surface more trustworthy news online…

Great thoughts by Craig Newmark, on some ways online platforms can encourage and reward trustworthy journalism. Especially worth noting his featuring the Trust Project, and Jeff Jarvis’s related thoughts. All very worth a read on ways to improve news “the immune system of Democracy.” Huge potential for innovation here.

NYC unveils its pay phone Wi-Fi plan, promising 10,000 hotspots

Love this. More please, Mayors and City Councils….


After two years of trials and planning, New York City is finally ready to move forward on its plan to turn old pay phones into internet and information kiosks. It has selected CityBridge, a consortium of companies including Qualcomm and Transit Wireless, to replace up to 10,000 outdoor pay phones in all five boroughs with slick new internet stations called Links.

The network will be called LinkNYC, and it will offer a free, advertising-supported broadband service to all New Yorkers and visitors. The city is promising gigabit speeds from the network, though you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up that your connection to these kiosks will be faster than your connection at work or home.

LinkNYC is probably using new 802.11ac Wi-Fi technologies, which can theoretically support speed over a gigabit if the connecting device has the proper radio and antennas, but few devices today do. Plus, unless NYC is…

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Microsoft Launches Prediction Research Site

I’ve always been a fan of efforts at prediction markets, a space I’ve always thought had plenty of room for innovation. Here is a new project launched today experiments with non-probability polling and prediction games:

New “Subatomic Unit” of News

This rings very true to me:

“Wearables could make the ‘glance’ a new subatomic unit of news

I misjudged — I didn’t think nearly radically enough. The quick-hit stream of Twitter or the Facebook News Feed is giving way to a largely agnostic, mostly opt-in “notification layer” on top of the phone screen.

And yet even that notification layer feels larded in the context of the single-most-interesting media-industry detail from yesterday’s Apple presentation: We are about to enter the era of ‘glance journalism.'”

With Named Data Networking, a group of researchers promise a future without servers and IP addresses

A fascinating idea: turning DNS into in essence a “bittortent” like serverless and IP-free network. Every device and computer on the Internet just peers, and nodes. Will be curious to see if this effort gains steam.


A team of researchers from universities and big tech companies have united to advance and popularize the concept of Named Data Networking (NDN), which calls for a new type of internet architecture that does away with the standard Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol that’s currently used to distribute information over the web.

The Named Data Networking Consortium — whose members include team leader University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Michigan, [company]Cisco Systems[/company], [company]Verisign[/company] and others — held the first of its series of meetings on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in which they discussed the current state of NDN and its potential to improve scientific research.

Earlier this summer, Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham detailed how NDN fits into the future of the internet and how the emerging technology could take advantage of the connected world. In its simplest form, today’s era of networking involves servers that transmit data to…

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