Dave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.
"The protoblogger." - NY Times.
"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.
"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.
"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.
10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.
"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.
"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
I'm looking for news organizations that have sections specifically for covering WikiLeaks-related or WikiLeaks-derived stories, that also have RSS or Atom feeds for those sections.
The feeds are for: http://wikiriver.org/.
I already have feeds for the Guardian, the NY Times, Der Spiegel, El Pais, Wired, Le Monde, Macleans, Fox News, CNN, Time and WL Central.
If you know of others, please post the link in a comment below or send it to me via email.
Update: Most major news orgs appear not to have feeds specifically for WikiLeaks stories. Seems they should, it's a long-term thing
Another example: Salon has a WikiLeaks topic page, in HTML -- but doesn't appear to have a feed for that topic.
I expected CBS News to have a topic feed, since their site is (presumably) managed by the CNET people and they certainly understand feeds, but I couldn't find a feed there either. CNET itself is very confusing. They have a topic page for WikiLeaks, but it points to a feed for Politics. I included it in my scan, at least to begin with since it seems to have mostly WikiLeaks stuff in it.
The discussion at this weekend's flash conf in NYC on WikiLeaks raised the question of where we can store our web writing and photos so that they are as safe as they possibly can be. Trusting corporations to manage this is obviously not a good idea. If this was theoretical before, it's now pragmatic, after Amazon cut off WikiLeaks.
That suggests that we need a new kind of institution that is is part news organization, university, library and foundation -- that acts as a guarantor of best-possible freedom from corporate and government limitations. We already know some things about this organization, I believe.
These are just back-of-the-envelope scribbles. Consider this a discussion-starter for the next meetup.
1. It must be long-lived, like a university -- probably with an endowment, and a board of trustees, and operations limited to what's described below. It can't operate any other kind of business.
2. It must create a least-common-denominator storage system that is accessible through HTTP. Everything must be done with open formats and protocols, meaning all components of its system are replaceable.
3. It must cost money, so the user is a customer and is treated as one. This also allows the vendor to assume its own independence from the interests of the publisher who uses the system. The same way the operator of a printing press was not responsible for the words he or she printed on the paper.
4. Simplicity of the user experience is primary so it can be accessible to as many as possible, and so that technical people don't provide yet another filter for the free flow of ideas. Factor and re-factor for simplicity.
5. The trust must serve the bits exactly as they were published. No advertising.
That's where I want to pick up the discussion.