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The DIGITAL DIVIDE isn’t about have and have nots anymore; it’s about HAVE IN TIME TO BE ACTIONABLE. Monopolies, oligarchies, and boutique data aggregators own the actual currency upon which societies are based:

Chattanooga media jostle in digital fast lane

The citywide rollout of a gigabit Ethernet connection and a brand new, job-proliferating Volkswagen plant have sparked an unusually high level of online competition in the nation’s 86th DMA. Wehco Media’s Times-Free Press leads in traffic while a bevy of rivals, including a strong Internet pureplay, are vying for attention.

High-Frequency Traders Flat-Out Buying Data Ahead of You

When the Institute for Supply Management releases its index of manufacturing activity next week, the headlines from the report will flash to traders at what their eyes tell them is 10:00 am. But unless they are subscribers to a new low-latency feed provided by Thomson Reuters, they’ll actually be getting it late—and depending on how they’re positioned, it could be too late.

04/24/2012 Internet2 General Session focused on transformation PDF

04/25/2012 Internet2 General Session focused on innovation PDF

Smart Grid Requires Utilities To Merge IT And OT Worlds


RANT: The Discussion is about local tax authorities, C-Suite conveniences, not job growth

Milt Capps @miltcapps
Nashville needs to have “gravitational pull” for IT pro’s, says @tractor supply CEO Wright @lipscomb NBJ event @kateo @entrecenter @ed_dodds

Ed Dodds @ed_dodds
@miltcapps sf & ny have “pull” – they also have much inter firm job hopping; time for management to drop geo-lock #Terabit #Ethernet #Fiber

What we need is a completely different way to think about capturing the national gray markets and organized crime revenues (the “cash” economies). A national sales tax which is proportioned by person so that my city gets x%, my county gets y%, my state gets z% could be a corrective. Some other tool might work better.

Why this matters
All cities and states are concerned about bringing HQs of businesses to their TAX JURISDICTION; they only care about job creation and growth in so far as it can be TAXED. This is a Zero Sum game between states and the US ranks lower in disclosure technology adoption than many other regimes, so it doesn’t bode well internationally either (from an investor’s standpoint).

Innovation isn’t geo-locked, tends to be collaborative — @BobMetcalfe talks about (single) research universities, @jhagel and JSB talk about Innovation Clusters like Silicon Valley (note: “innovation cluster” is shorthand for lazy VCs won’t hop on a plane or drive 20 minutes–and more realistically “a place with a track record of hefty DoD investment”). Kennedy spaceshots, explorations to Mars and Alpha Centauri — whatever builds the rocket engines for the contractors. Oh, weapons of mass distraction in Iran before a presidential election, you say?

The Valley and Wall Street definitely have benefits (the first of which is that’s where the VCs and hedge funds are). But if you look at the success of global open source distributed development model (which, of course, isn’t the only one) then you see that business geo-lock is a function of revenue collection, not what’s best for the foundation platforms upon which innovation is built. Again, as Jim Clifton of Gallop points out, innovation without demand is meaningless. Hence the reliance on DoD, the only bipartisanly blind part of the fedgov budget guaranteed to grow. [You want electronic medical record adoption, then militarize heathcare (or nationalize {Jed Bartlett}) see WorldVista, Va, DoD].

Current corporate goals are 1) concentration of compensation in the C-Suite (Chomsky asserts most wealth since 2007 went to the top .1%–I realize I’m conflating and sloppy logicing here due to anecdotes), 2) reduction of corporate investment in local social safety nets (workmans comp, other disabilities related charitable service support in proportion to employee utilization, shedding of legacy pension fund liabilities 3) taking advantage of globalization where regulatory laxity and judicial corruption literally allow a firm to get away with murder (see Apple and Foxconn suicides). Until “Say on Pay” is legalized in the US (with legal force not just “suggestions”–and stock holders grow a conscience), that won’t change.

Vote Technotarian ;-)

Next RANT: Corps refuse to invest in HR Innovation to take advantage of alternative learning path credentialing (I see you’ve graduated from Khan Academy, can cure cancer, but you don’t seem to have a four year degree ;-()

Women Who Tech Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (ET)

Event Details

The 4th annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit will take place on May 23, 2012 via phone and web. Just like our past three sold out TeleSummits, this one will be packed with some of the most thought provoking discussions led by the most passionate and talented women in tech, startups, and social media including startup investor Joanne Wilson, WordPress usability expert Jane Wells of Automattic, Shaherose Charania, of Founders Labs and Women 2.0, Shireen Mitchell of Digital Sistats, Elisa Camahort Page, of BlogHer, Kaliya Hamlin of She’s Geeky and many more.

Women Who Tech brings together talented and renowned women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change. We provide a supportive network for the vibrant and thriving community of women in technology professions by giving women an open platform to share their talents, experiences, and insights.


Funding Your Own Startup

  • Joanne Wilson, Investor
  • Amanda Steinberg, Founder, DailyWorth
  • Pemo Theodore, Startup Coach
  • Amy Errett, Maveron

Failing Fast and Agile Development

  • Tara Hunt Co-founder of Buyosphere
  • Sarah Allen, Blazing Cloud
  • Shaherose Charania, Founders Labs and Women 2.0
  • Jen Conalvo, Co-Founder, Tech Cocktail

Changing the World with Open Source

  • Sarah Novotny, O’Reilly Media
  • Jane Well, Master of Suggestion, Automattic,
  • Liz Henry, Web Developer, BlogHer
  • Arthur Richards, Software Engineer, Wikimedia Foundation,

Harnessing Your Power

  • Susan Mernit, Co-Founder, Oakland Local
  • Lynne Johnson, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Whispr Group, Inc.
  • Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder, BlogHer
  • Jill Foster, Founder, Live Your Talk

Using Technology and Social Media to Build Social Movements

  • Claire Diaz Ortiz, Social Innovation, Twitter
  • April Pedersen, Co-Founder, Salsa Labs
  • Michael Silberman, Global Director of Digital Innovation, Greenpeace International
  • Amy Sample Ward, Director of Membership, NTEN

Digital Rights and Online Privacy

  • Jon Pincus, Co-Founder, Qweries
  • Kaliya Hamlin, Founder, She’s Geeky
  • Sarah Granger, Consultant
  • Laurel Ruma, O”Reily Media

Diversifying your Tech Teams

  • Cathryn Posey, Tech By Superwoman
  • Kriselle Laran, Bullfrog Media
  • Adria Richards, Developer Evangelist, SendGrid
  • Shireen Mitchell, Founder, Digital Sistas

Women in International Tech

  • Beth Kanter, Author and Trainer
  • Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Ph.D Founder and Executive Director, Akili Dada
  • Heather Ramsey, Director Women’s Leadership Program, IIE and TechWomen Program

Fireside Chat

  • Moderated by Cathy Brooks
  • DiAnn Eisnor,

Sponsored by Rad Camapign, Blackbaud, NTEN, Salsa Labs, Singlebrook Technology, Women 2.0, and BlogHer

NUANCE: Newsletter of UbuntuNet Alliance: Networks, Collaborat​​​ion, Education: Vol. 4, Issue 11: March 2012

Volume 4: Issue 11: March 2012

NUANCE is a monthly e-newsletter published by UbuntuNet Alliance. Key content is news from, about, or of interest to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa. We request and invite you to submit an item before the 20th of each month capturing:

News and developments from your NREN and news items of interest to NRENs
Content networks: how researchers and academics are using the REN infrastructure to enhance effectiveness and efficiency their work and to promote national and international collaboration
Hot tips about something you have done successfully (organisational or technical)
A photo that tells a story
Looking into the future, especially with regards to fibre infrastructure
Submissions should be sent to

Apparently Cybersecurity is important to the US economy, the Congress learns

H. R. 2096 To advance cybersecurity research, development, and technical standards,
and for other purposes.

Also, planning related to a national strategy concerning “HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING” and “NETWORKING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY”, and stuff like IT, Big Data, etc. is worth investing in at a national level.

H. R. 3834 To amend the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 to authorize activities for support of networking and information technology research, and for other purposes.

DATA Act Passes the House [was One Day at Bandwagon Camp…]

Update (nearly two years later to the day):

My comments to a colleague over at ATCA on Yammer:

H.R. 2146 The DATA Act passed the House yesterday. Mark Warner is scheduled to introduce the companion bill in the Senate today. A synosis from an AP piece: On a voice vote, the House backed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, known as the DATA Act. The legislation would establish uniform standards for all recipients to report federal money and set up a single website where average Americans could search for information on how government agencies, departments and other recipients spend federal funds.

Read more: AP blurb on Foxnews

#Occupy needs to be on this ferociously. Extensible business reporting language (XBRL — pronounced “ecks burl”) is growing as a global accounting and reporting technology and the various accounting standards boards are bringing their standard vocabularies (taxonomies) into alignment. The question is: once #Occupy can identify wrong doing, do they have a legal fund and PAC strategy to pursue it? Notably, the National Governors Association came out against DATA ostensibly because it is filled with unfunded federal mandates. Point well taken. But the amount of savings each State would accrue by putting XBRL into their “data chains” would create so many efficiencies and cost savings it would be hard to anticipate at this point. However, it would also allow for apples to apples comparisons of States’ programs and we would know within a very short time who is overpaying and who is getting the graft, kickbacks, sweetheart deals, etc.

# # # #

From April, 2010:

<ed.note>I made some comments on Facebook re: where were the Tea Partiers when Bush was… Does anyone remember the Reform Party? – this strain of “we want accountability from our government” never disappears and manifests itself in a variety of ways. The Tea Partiers (and anyone else interested in government accountability) would do well to concentrate on the necessary technology — begin with requiring your politician (whatever party) to commit to open budgets expressed using extensible business reporting language (XBRL) I would also do well to point out that both political and financial press are afraid to cover this technology as it applies to realpolitik… [update] and realeconomik[update] .</ed.note>

Let’s Liveblog the February 2012 NGA meeting, shall we?

Editorial: spend the $$$ used for petroleum busing rural kid’s on building out high speed bandwidth, make teachers aware of open source like edubuntu and libre office and use statewide computer purchases to knock down prices / costs.

If you can feed at a faith-based site, why can’t your teach virtual courses there? Wi-fi aplenty

Persons (students, parents) with disabilities are the 800 pound gorilla

EBT Card-based incentives (

Gardening programs; First Lady’s Garden; Peoples and Community gardens Food Desert

Community Investment Boards Dominion Energy / Community match to employee investments


* * * Community Collaboration Table * * *

Infrastructure costs must be accounted for in public / private partnerships

# # # #

National Guard as operational force

Older tweets:

@CSPAN @NatlGovsAssoc @Kennedy_School Let’s Liveblog the February 2012 NGA meeting, shall we?

@CSPAN @NatlGovsAssoc Founders, mentors, and organizers of Jumpstart Foundry @jsfoundry

@CSPAN @NatlGovsAssoc @governorherbert check out @entrecenter

@CSPAN @NatlGovsAssoc @governorherbert Geeks analyze REAL not PR data — that’s why there is no STEM alignment

@NatlGovsAssoc @governorherbert The $$$ are here — until the jobs are outsourced by the 400x compensated CEOs #no_mystery

@NatlGovsAssoc look at @diigo as a knowledge sharing tool

@NatlGovsAssoc see

@Kennedy_School Amy Wilkinson -> Mentor Network — study — please join — ask women to network here

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Announces Competitive Grant Opportunity For Jobs4tn Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

Applications for Nine Regional Accelerators Accepted Through Sept. 30th

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced that the department is accepting applications for a competitive grant to support nine regional business accelerators across the state. Interested parties are encouraged to file a letter of intent with the department by Sept. 6th at 5 p.m. CST; applications are due Sept. 30th at 5 p.m., CST.

“We are excited to launch our competitive grant process for the Jobs4TN Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerators and see this as the next step in spurring innovation across the state,” Hagerty said. “Our department has just completed a very successful RFI process in preparation for the program and is ready to move forward in establishing an accelerator in each of the nine economic development regions to create a more robust entrepreneurial system in the state.”

The grants will award $250,000 to a regional entrepreneurial accelerator in each economic development region. An information session on the grant opportunity will be held Thursday, Sept. 1st at the Tennessee Tower in Nashville. To RSVP for the session, please send your name, organization and the names of those attending to More information on the session will be sent to you at that time.

The Jobs4TN Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerators were announced in June as a part of Governor Bill Haslam’s INCITE plan The INCITE initiative is designed to drive innovation across the state. Tennessee has partnered with Startup America to form Startup Tennessee, which will form a network of the business accelerators across the state and provide mentoring to entrepreneurs.

Applications and additional information is available online now at

All questions should be directed to

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to

August 24, 2011
Contact: Valerie Somerville, ECD
Office: (615) 532-1925

XSEDE will replace and expand the TeraGrid project

XSEDE project brings advanced cyberinfrastructure, digital services, and expertise to nation’s scientists and engineers

A partnership of 17 institutions today announced the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). XSEDE will be the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world.

Scientists and engineers use these resources and services—things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools—to propel scientific discovery and improve our lives. They are a crucial part of research in fields like earthquake engineering, materials science, medicine, epidemiology, genomics, astronomy, and biology.

“Enabling scientific discovery though enhanced researcher productivity is our goal, and XSEDE’s ultimate reason for being,” explained Barry Schneider, a program director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation. NSF will fund the XSEDE project for five years, at $121 million.

“For this sort of cyberscience to be truly effective and provide unique insights, it requires a cyberinfrastructure of local computing hardware at sites around the country, advanced supercomputers at larger centers, generally available software packages, and fast networks. Ideally, they should all work together so the researcher can move from local to national resources transparently and easily.”

XSEDE, and the experts who lead the program, will make that ideal a reality.

XSEDE will replace and expand the TeraGrid project that started more than a decade ago. More than 10,000 scientists used the TeraGrid to complete thousands of research projects, at no cost to the scientists.

That same sort of work—only in more detail, generating more new knowledge and improving our world in an even broader range of fields—will continue with XSEDE.

“The TeraGrid really helped invent the concept of having digital resources like supercomputers, tools, and expertise spread across the country and allowing researchers to easily use them,” said John Towns of the University of Illinois’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Towns will lead the XSEDE project and also had a variety of roles in the TeraGrid project.

“This is much more than just the same old resources that TeraGrid offered,” Towns said. “XSEDE will take the next step by lowering technological barriers to access and use. We are creating a distributed cyberinfrastructure in which researchers can establish private, secure environments that have all the resources, services, and collaboration support they need to be productive.”

The XSEDE User Access Layer, for example, will provide a comprehensive view of the resources available—not just those at XSEDE partner sites, but any resources. It will integrate things like authentication and job monitoring, providing a comprehensive view and single contact point for all the cyberinfrastructure that researchers need to achieve their science and education goals.

XSEDE will provide an array of services to ensure that researchers can make the most of the supercomputers and tools. This will include outreach to new communities that haven’t traditionally used cyberinfrastructure and other digital services. It will also include advanced support for very large, complicated, or novel uses of XSEDE resources.

Initially, XSEDE will support 16 supercomputers across the country. It also includes other specialized digital resources and services to complement these computers. These resources will be expanded throughout the lifetime of the project.

The XSEDE partnership includes: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas at Austin, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Virginia, Shodor Education Foundation, Southeastern Universities Research Association, University of Chicago, University of California San Diego, Indiana University, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Purdue University, Cornell University, Ohio State University, University of California Berkeley, Rice University, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. It is led by the University of Illinois’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

See also How XSEDE will facilitate collaborative science