Dave Winer, 56, is a software developer 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 and NYU, 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 had a recorded phone conversation yesterday with Andrew Phelps of Nieman Journalism Lab about the development of podcasting.
From the initial idea from Adam, to the enclosure element in RSS, the experimentation at Berkman, the Democratic Convention in 2004, Morning Coffee Notes, Daily Source Code and the podcasting community. .
Also a discussion of the significance of the medium and ideas for its future
The President ran a great campaign, even if it wasn't the ideal campaign.
He used the Internet in a one-way mode. It wasn't used to organize new politicial ideas that came from the people, but it was used, powerfully, to organize an army of supporters to give money and time to his election. And it worked. He cruised to victory. It wasn't even close.
But then after the election win, the campaign shuts down.
Maybe, we thought, they'll relaunch at the inauguration. Nope. Nothing. A fairly typical White House website. A linear improvement over the Bush web.
And that was the moment of failure. Failure to understand that an effective president never stops campaigning, using whatever communication tools are at his disposal.
It's the president's pulpit that his power emanates from. His unique ability to speak to and for the electorate. This is the power that's most valued. Nothing else matters than his or her ability to move votes and voters. And to hear what they're saying and respond accordingly. The web offers by far the most powerful tools that a politician has ever had and the President blew it off.
It's as if Google won search on the net, and once winning, shut down google.com. It really isn't even analogous. It's exactly the same thing. Because in 2009, when the President took office, the Presidency was an Internet thing. As much on the web as Facebook is. Or Twitter. Instead of using those things, ineffectively, they could have and should have been those things.
And that's why, forty-five minutes from now, a huge political accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, is in jeopardy.