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Dana Blankenhorn
Atlanta, GA
Technology Journalist, author, freelance
Interests: You can find me reporting regularly at Seeking Alpha and
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Freedom isn’t free. It’s the most expensive type of governing there is, because it demands so much from the governed. As we have learned the hard way, freedom demands we pay attention. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dana Blankenhorn
“Extremism in the defense of liberty is a vice, for with extremism there is no liberty. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is a virtue, for without moderation there is no justice.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
We need something like an online Constitution, and a Bill of Rights, assuring ordered liberty for those who accept both order and liberty. We need to know who will remain on our side and get their allegiance to principles guiding online action. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Technology goes in every direction. Clouds let us reinvent our world, designing efficient solar systems, new kinds of wind turbines, and more efficient batteries. There is no energy shortage.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2018 on Moore’s Third Law at Dana Blankenhorn
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We will all be judged by history on how we react to this time, to the Darkness taking over. Fighting the Darkness, in our country and in our souls, is what this era is all about. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Moore's Third Law is that change is constantly accelerating, all kinds of change. We’re not ready for it, for any of it, but ready or not here we go. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Urban planners don’t know shit, and they never did. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
We continue to destroy the wild places, the animals draw ever closer to our hearth fire, and they look to us as Gods, omnipotent creatures who decide which will live to reproduce, and which will die. It’s time to take that seriously. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
We need to know now, and remember, that 2018 is War Time, not peace time. We need to remember those who have died in this war, and we need to offer support to those people who are still on the front lines. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Economic power has shifted from the east coast and the gulf coast to the west coast, and political power will inevitably follow. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Consider taking the DeKalb County coffin from Montgomery and placing it opposite the Confederate monument in Decatur, Ga to tell the full story. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
The most powerful economies are the most efficient with the things that matter, and nothing matters today as much as imagination. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
You have no right to ask why Germans didn’t stand up to Hitler in 1938, when cops are killing unarmed men down the street from you and you’re doing nothing about it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
We’re all just Americans. We need to stop looking at color, or heritage, or social class, and treat each other as we’d like to be treated.That’s the victory this generation is fighting for. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Our political problems, in the end, are a business model problem. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Facebook is not supposed to sell "data," but ads. If the placement of ads is informed by data, it means Facebook ads are trying to provide you a service, delivering ads to you that you might be interested in. Selling data is a line that should have never been crossed, except as gross reports. Magazines have always been able to compile this kind of data on readers. Newspapers too. But when you sell Personally Identifiable Information, that's different. There are two differences between Facebook ads and magazine ads. First, Facebook ads are much cheaper, on a cost per thousand basis. Second, Facebook ads can be narrowly targeted, because of the huge user base. You could get 10,000 left-handed bassoonists, for instance, or 100,000 fans of Pearl Jam who also own dogs. What Facebook did was more insidious. First, it allowed political groups to collect data through its system who should not have been allowed to do so. Second, it apparently dealt in personally identifiable information, a gross privacy violation. At its heart, the Facebook business model is presented as no more harmful than a magazine that makes you fill out a blow-in card to get a free subscription, only without the card. To the extent they did more than that, they deserve what they get.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2018 on Facebook and the Fall of Free at Dana Blankenhorn
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By the standards of our time, Morgan is a villain. By the standards of his own, he was a hero. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Almost a decade ago, I dedicated a week of this blog to the story of Bruce Springsteen. I told the tale of a musician called to public service by the horrible events of 9/11 and recounted how he told America’s story through his music during that decade. Today I want... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Change the subject from “you are the product” to “we’re defending the Free Web.” It’s advertising that allows for free content in the West, and free access in the East. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Facebook, like Trump, show us what not to do. I doubt Trump will survive the lesson, and until recently I didn’t think that of Facebook or Zuckerberg. Now I’m not so sure. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Data is speech, and speech is data. Data is speech condensed into a tool. A tool is also a weapon. Enormous databases, like those created by Facebook, are weapons with tremendous throw weight. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
The Republican Party won’t be forgiven in my lifetime, and maybe not in that of your children either. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Sometimes, in a democracy, you must go through the swamp to get to the mountain. You must go through the fire to reach the water. Sometimes a crisis is the only way forward. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
Give me an intelligent argument any day of the week. Speak your truth. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn
If cloud czars want this world to keep spinning in their direction they must take responsibility for that spin, as the Kochs stepped up through the Bushes, and the Rockefellers behind the Roosevelts. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at Dana Blankenhorn