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 understand that links from Twitter and Facebook will pass through the paywall. As readers of this site know, I am preparing tools that route-around these Corporate Blogging Silos. I simply publish my links through RSS and depend on TwitterFeed to push them to Twitter. And the links should flow everywhere else, because RSS is so widely understood.
I hope to encourage many more people to do the same, and I think they will want to, as Twitter becomes more restrictive. I think this is in everyone's interest, except perhaps the owners of the CBS's. I believe independent publishers like the Times will eventually come to appreciate that there are options that don't flow through bottlenecks created by the tech industry.
So here's the question. Is the Times going to encourage people to stay inside the silos by only offering special access to them, and not to people use systems that are not siloed?
Update: Mark Cooper says "all links will pass through the paywall."
I have a fairly unique position to view this, as one of a small number of people who pushed podcasting forward 10 years ago (the anniversary was in December).
It's a long story, but NPR's support, starting with Tony Kahn and WGBH, was crucial. I don't think it would have reached liftoff it weren't for their involvement.
And they were able to participate because they are non-commercial. Commercial radio couldn't have played the same role.
We need to have more media that isn't corporate. We also need more programmers who aren't but that's another story.
Anyway, when the next technology like podcasting comes along, we're going to want to have a media organization that can afford to experiment.
Maybe the tech industry can pool its resources and come up with the money the US government isn't allocating. It would, imho, be a good investment. Really not very much money when you consider how much is being poured into random startups, and what can be built off this kind of experimentation.