Targeting news and ads to particular recipients on Facebook, Twitter and more, to sway voting

Wired.com 28 Oct 2017, by Issie Lapowsky NEWS THAT CAMBRIDGE Analytica CEO Alexander Nix approached Wikileaks founder Julian Assange last year to exploit Hillary Clinton’s private emails has amplified questions about Cambridge’s role in President Trump’s 2016 campaign. Shortly after The Daily Beast reported Nix’s contact with Assange Wednesday, the Trump campaign’s executive director sought to downplay Cambridge’s role. Michael Glassner said in a statement that …

Summary highlights from No Shortcuts: Organizing in the New Gilded Age

No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age by Jane F. McAlevey (this is a book for workers but there is a lot we can draw from it) My interest, borne out by the empirical cases that follow, is in understanding the power structures of ordinary people and how they themselves can come to better understand their own power.  …

Corporate fleets making the shift to EVs

20 Oct 2017 By Gina Coplon-Newfield and Sung-Jae Park Recently, 10 major transnational corporations launched EV100, a new global initiative to slash emissions by increasing the number of corporate fleet electric vehicles (EV) on the road. EV100 companies, including Ikea, Unilever and HP, are committing to, by 2030, integrate EVs into their owned or leased fleets and install EV charging stations for customers and …

More compact cities may be where AVs start. INRIX identifies cities with most amenable travel patterns and urges officials to start planning for AVs

By Mike Maciag, Governing Magazine, 16 March 2017 It’s widely assumed that it’s only a matter of time before fleets of autonomous vehicles begin crisscrossing America’s roadways. Some urban areas, though, make better markets for the new technology than others. Driving conditions, traffic patterns and demographics are just a few of the factors determining how ideal a city is for …

Belonging is a superpower – Patterns for decentralised organising

Rich and Nati, who delivered this workshop as part of their grand tour, have been living and breathing this stuff for years. Their pragmatic inspiration shone through the event, like a beam of brilliance from above. The event took place at the always inspiring Newspeak House, with roughly 30 participants split into groups. Rich warned us he would be delivering a lot of condensed …

Santa Monica creates first city well-being index in the US

LA Times, 28 April 2015, Santa Monica found some surprises in creating well-being index Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times Martha Groves Santa Monica breaking ground as it releases findings on residents’ well-being. Latching on to an idea that is catching fire with nations worldwide — including Bhutan, Britain, Chile and Canada — Santa Monica officials say their seaside enclave has …

Renewable power to synthetic gas begins testing in the US

A new pilot combines hydrogen, microbes and biogas to perform energy storage. Photo Credit: NREL By Katie Fehrenbacher, GTM, 16 Oct 2017 Last month, a team of researchers and engineers quietly installed a first-of-its-kind energy reactor on the campus of a government lab just west of Denver, Colorado. The device — a 25-foot-tall, thin mass of industrial silver pipes and …

How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

 October 19, 2017  No Comment  Ellen Brown 6 min read SHARE The policy of guaranteeing every citizen a universal basic income is gaining support around the world, as automation increasingly makes jobs obsolete. But can it be funded without raising taxes or triggering hyperinflation? In a panel I was on at the NexusEarth cryptocurrency conference in Aspen September 21-23rd, most participants said no. This is …

Bike and Ped Safety Planning

From FHWA, August 2017 The following reports, tools, and guides can serve as useful references as you develop and implement your pedestrian and bicycle safety action plans. Planning and Performance Measurement Resources Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_ pedestrian/publications/performance_measures_guidebook/page02.cfm) Achieving Multimodal Networks: Apply Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/ bicycle_pedestrian/publications/multimodal_networks/fhwahep16055.pdf) Bike Network Mapping Idea Book (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/bikemap_book/) …