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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There's no reason that everyone you know who uses the Internet shouldn't know exactly what the Affordable Care Act does. Never mind whether you like it or don't. Everyone should know what's in it.
Everyone should know what's in it.
Everyone. Should. Know. What's. In. It.
And why not.
A few weeks ago The Oatmeal told the story of Nikola Tesla, a not-so-famous inventor of the 19th Century. How much you want to bet that awareness of who Tesla is shot up by a billion percent.
We've given too much power to the news media. They aren't telling the story. But we can tell each other. In terms that mean something to human beings. About friends and family members who don't have health insurance because they have asthma or diabetes or high blood pressure. Or had cancer. Or whatever.
What an outrage that insurance companies can cancel your insurance when you get sick. How convenient for them. Hard to believe that's even possible, but it is.
So if you have a way with words and infographics and want to help your country, let's do this.
The White House doesn't do Internet stuff very well. That's no excuse. Let's take this into our own hands.
BTW, the time to do these things is when your back is not against the wall, when it's not a desperate last gasp. Health care reform just dodged a bullet. So please let's make sure it's got super powers next time. Because there will be a next time.