For most, the Internet is still something experienced through the written word. So much for the information revolution; we still access most webpages through an interface that would be all too familiar to Gutenberg and his ilk.
The HealthCare.gov fiasco is a timely case study in how "big" is a liability in today's age of radical connectivity. Big institutions - a giant federal bureaucracy, huge technology contractors, and a bloated government procurement process - spent over $500,000,000 creating a glorified webform -- and failed. But these big organizations never stood a chance, and smaller, more agile, and nimbler firms and processes could have mitigated these risks which now threaten the President's legacy.
A few days ago, I was reminded me of a court case I'd heard about back in April, involving a company called ReDigi. The company bills itself as "your favorite used record store, but for digital music files".
I didn’t expect to find a QR Code camping in the mountains of Vermont. In fact, stranded without cell service for several days, I had almost forgotten my phone was anything more than a weird shaped flashlight.
When I began my internship at EchoDitto in May, I never would have thought a Hackathon could be a good thing. It sounded illicit and dangerous. I pictured a group of hackers getting together and breaking down firewalls to access data. Why would any group plan an event like this?