Saturday, June 27, 2009

Alice Marshall's email

If you are trying to reach me, be sure to address it to:

marshall AT


prestovivace AT

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New to me local writers blogs

Editorial Inspirations; A place to explore grammar quirks as well as discuss the world of publishing.

Narrative Nonfiction; Telling Stories That Are True

GreenListDC Blog, Information and commentary about green living, green events and green issues in the Washington, DC area.

Debbi Mack: My Life on the Mid-List, a few reflections on the writing life

Let's not listen

Jeff Porro: Tough Talk in Hard Times

Word Kitchen, where copy cooks

Rebellion, at the intersection of design and activism

, From lab to park bench

One Tomato at a Time

Nominate your customer

Government Computer News Awards Call for Nominations
The GCN Awards recognize extraordinary work by governmental agency IT teams whose accomplishments or innovative use of technology over the past 12 months have made significant contributions to the performance of their agencies or the services they provide.

Nomination Deadline is June 29, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Congratulations David Silverberg!

ASBPE names finalists for magazine of the year
The association also said HSToday Editor David Silverberg will be honored with ASBPE’s first Journalism That Matters Award at the event.

Does the FTC have double standards for bloggers and big shot pundits?

FTC plans to monitor blogs for claims, payments
Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, $500 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. Bloggers vary in how they disclose such freebies, if they do so at all.

The practice has grown to the degree that the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention. New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers — as well as the companies that compensate them — for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest.

Bill Kristol
was on retainer with Enron and never disclosed it. George Will accepted a large honoranium right before he wrote a glowing review of Conrad Black's biography of FDR. So why would a blogger with a free laptop be different?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Why journalism matters: David Rohde

Times Reporter Escapes Taliban After 7 Months
David Rohde, a New York Times reporter who was kidnapped by the Taliban, escaped Friday night and made his way to freedom after more than seven months of captivity in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Welcome home David Rohde. I love happy endings.

New to me local tech blogs

Something Important To Say :-)

enterprise 2.0 the bdg way

The Caffeinated Blog
, Social Media & Content Marketing... Straight Up - Online Marketing Blog

ClioWeb, Jeremy Boggs blog.

Regina Hopper

Women Grow Business

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Coming next week, Alice Marshall, live, in concert!

I will be presenting at next week's Social Media for DoD and Government conference:

Workshop B: Make Your Friends Online Before You Need Them
New media offers more opportunities than ever to place stories. Your public is probably constantly talking about your office or service on email discussion lists, blogs, wikis, social tagging sites and the like. On the other hand, the online world can be a brutal place, and controversies can bubble up from nowhere. Rumor control can often depend on establishing credibility before a controversy erupts. Learn how your employees and partners can be your best ambassadors in these situations, how to develop guidelines, and how to turn blogging pitfalls or challenges to your advantage.

I am very nervous, the other speakers are top in their fields.

Monday, June 15, 2009

e-Discovery miscellany

Gabe says that you should probably do what the judge orders.

DiscoverReady first to announce recession over, in North Carolina

Social Media: Electronic Discovery’s New New Thing?

Legal staffing firm ads e-Discovery to its services.

Untimely objections doom motions to compel

Analysis of Zubulake v. UBS Warburg.

The crushing burden of e-Discovery
; it is an IT responsibility.

Presentation to the Arkansas Bar Association

Why you need a lawyer who will tell you unpleasant truths

E-Discovery is Low Tech
A lot of the work we do is low tech in nature. It's funny because the college graduates we hire have been raised in a Web 2.0 world and are shocked to find their time copying & counting files, tying out exceptions, recovering passwords, converting files from one format to another, etc. What's worse is that we'll hire experienced technologists who end up doing similar low grade work. The lucky ones get to run SQL queries. Whoopee! That's considered advanced.

Electronic Evidence and Discovery; What Every Lawyer Should Know Now

Analytics and e-Discovery

ITLA white paper on best practices for legal holds

Recovering data from a corrupt hard drive

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wireless access in Washington, DC
DC Public Schools offer access to their wireless systems.

This weekend has been pleasantly spent sitting at a picnic table, under the shade, doing client work. All this is possible because the DC government keeps their wireless system open. It is a very nice amenity.

Unfortunately, the DC Public School system blocks access to all sites defined as social networks. This includes Twitter and most blogs, but not Slashdot or LinkedIn. Still, I was able to get a great deal of work done while enjoying the spectacular weather we are having.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Kazuo Kawasaki's Peace Keeping Design Project

Last night I went to see Kazuo Kawasaki's lecture on his Peace Keeping Design Project, which was put on the the Japan Information and Culture Center (part of the Embassy of Japan).

Kawasaki has designed some very clever vaccination packets that make it impossible to reuse the needle. He is also working on some powdered vaccinations that would be inhaled, thus making needles unnecessary. It was a fascinating presentation.

The future of the Internet

I wonder if the Web 2.0 entrepreneurs and the venture capitalists who back them understand how much their business model is dependent upon a neutral web and how easily it could slip away from us.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Startup Rockstars DC #5

I just got back from Startup Rockstars. This one was hosted by Latham & Watkins LLP. The evening was opened by Kevin Boyle from their Emerging Company Practice Group. Then a young woman, whose name I did not catch, introduced the evening's speakers.


Think Talk

Genius Rocket

Legal River

Revamped Media

During Genius Rocket’s presentation there was a spirited discussion about the fairness of asking artists and designers to work on speculation with no security of being paid. Genius Rocket’s view is that their system allows designers to bid on business that they otherwise would not be able to compete for. However, I have to agree with one of my fellow attendees that Legal River has a much more equitable arrangement whereby a prospective customer asks for a bid and prospective providers answer. That way the winner is paid and the others do not have to produce work on speculation.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Web 2.0 tools for government and industry and how they meld

The show notes from my appearance on the May 4th edition of Amtower Off Center.

Groups Mentioned
DC XML Users Group

Amtower Off Center Blog
The Amtower Report, Volume 6, #18, November 5, 2007

Debbie Weil
Geoff Livingston
Dorobek Insider

David Meerman Scott’s The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing and Online Media to Reach Buyers Directly
Malcolm Gladwell

Some good LinkedIn groups for government contractors:
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Federal IT Group
The Document Imaging Group
Washington DC Area XML Users Group

Why Epiphanies Never Occur to Couch Potatoes

Reggie Henry, Chief Technology Officer for ASAE & the Center for Association Leadership presents to DC Web Content Mavens

Mashable: Top 10 Reputation Tracking Tools Worth Paying For

BearingPoint: GovTwit Directory

The Air Force’s Rules of Engagement for Blogging

We Didn't Start the Flame War


Global PR Blog Week 1.0

B2B Magazine: InterAct keeps the conversation going through online initiatives
The Borenstein Group
IJIS Institute Public Safety Information Sharing

Mike Manuel: The Inefficiency of Social Media

Presto Vivace

The Federal Contractor Network

DC Technology Network

Online PR Thoughts

Monday, June 01, 2009

Home of the brightest smiles in Virginia

Check out the site of Dentist Steven Bunn. He has a clients rights section and an explanation if HIPAA.

How to think of a wiki

In his interview on Federal News Radio, my client, Shahid Shah, described the wiki more succinctly than I have ever heard before:
...word processing document that multiple people can simultaneously edit without having to pass it from one person to another.

That is so simple, and so obvious, but I had never heard it put that way before and I will remember that for future use.

Shah went on to point out that the document stays in the same place, revision managed. In the case of the Budget Formulation Wiki there is an elaborate permission hierarchy that makes visible only those parts of the document the user is allowed to see.

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