The young Highland Park native was an Internet prodigy, beginning with his work on developing RSS when he was only 14 years old. Driven by an idealistic commitment to open data, Swartz connected an extraordinary number of people together, both on and offline, and changing how we look at the Web from a technological and moral perspective.
The Sun-Times picks up the well-regarded crime-tracking site Homicide Watch, plans on expanding it to Chicago; a look at city-owned vacant property (there’s a lot of it), and more
How the Obama campaign used massive brain and processing power to guide them towards simple, subtly sophisticated strategies for pitching the candidate and his wife to donors (and potential employees).
Robot Wisdom, the pioneering site of Chicago polymath Jorn Barger, published its first post 15 years ago today, and the subject is all too familiar.
The most riveting story in the latest issue is a profile of the Glenbard East grad and “enemy of the state” who appeared in our magazine more than five years ago
How Twitter preys on needy bastards like me in front of 1,656 people
A look at Tuesday’s 8th District congressional debate between Tammy Duckworth and Joe Walsh, through the eyes of panelist Dick Kay and moderator Paul Green
As Chicago Ideas Week asks Twitter for solutions to the city’s gun-violence problem, the daily social-media life of the city continues with the smaller dramas of urbanity, such as what to do with injured baby squirrels.
Journalists hate what’s become of most comment sections, something that was supposed to be a great hope of the social web, because they run counter to the philosophy of reasoned discourse. But there’s a great deal of gold to be mined from that pit (even if news organizations shouldn’t be hosting it themselves).
Political television ad data, a goldmine of transparency; Illinois, not as corrupt as you might think, depending on how you measure it; a short history of open data in Chicago; our new “convergence cloud”; and more.