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David Anthony Colarusso - Sadly not Havoc Dinosaur
Intermittent musings on the law, science, education, technology, design, and life. Also, I build things: furniture, software, reasoned arguments... To learn more about that, click a persona below for my eponymous website.

Civic Hacking

People trying to solve civic problems through the application of technology.

My “Secret” Summer Project in Open Source Crowdsourcing

by David Colarusso - August 4th, 2009

In addition to serving as Professor Farnsworth’s research assistant, interning with Navy JAG’s Appellate Defense Division, and a few paying development jobs, I’ve been working on something else in my “spare time.” I’ve been playing this one pretty close to the vest because experience has taught me that this type of project doesn’t always reach maturity. That being said, time to share. It’s a rather heady collaboration between the non-profit eCitizen Foundation, the Berkman Center, and some folks over at the Media Lab. We’re attempt to do one thing well, open-source-distributed-human-evaluation of web content. Here’s a rough scope I put together that we’re discussing with a developer later today. I’d love your feedback, esp. if you think you might be a user.

Geeks + Wonks = Fun Times

by David Colarusso - March 11th, 2009

So for those of you curious about what I was doing down in DC the two weekends ago, here’s a little highlight video put out by the organizers. If you look very carefully, you’ll see me in the B-roll.

Also, you can find more videos here.

Wicked Awesome!

by David Colarusso - November 4th, 2008

[The image below is from Flickr user: HowardGr. Originally, I had embedded an interactive map. While doing spring cleaning, however, I discovered the feature no longer worked. So I included this image of the embeded map as it appeared on November 4, 2008.]


Okay, this is just getting wicked awesome! is soooo winning the Golden Dot this year. My hats off to the entire team. It’s just the coolest thing I’ve seen in so long. Be sure to make a twitter vote report today, and while you’re at it, why not Video You Vote too? Also, if you see any problems at your polling place in need of immediate assistance, call 1-866-Our-Vote.

Will this have a “net” effect? (Election ’08)

by David Colarusso - August 28th, 2008

So if you’re curious what’s been taking up my free time, here’s the answer–communityCOUNTS, both dot com and dot us. Dot com is my turnkey solution for small media outlets, and dot US is my attempt to change the way we interact with the presidential candidates. You’ll remember dot US from this great NPR interview. Now I’m trying to build up interest with the video below. Please, share it with your friends.

Personal Democracy Forum

by David Colarusso - June 23rd, 2008

So I’ve made it to Lincoln Center for this week’s Personal Democracy Forum. Later today, I will be on a panel entitled “Building a Better Debate, With and Without TV.” I’m really excited about the conference, esp. since I think commuintyCOUNTS has a lot to offer this crowd. I’m particularly excited about the ability of small media outlets or community organizations using communityCOUNTS to engage local politicians in a meaningful discussion around issues that concern them.

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