2006-11-19T20:00:09.170-08:00What I learned in church today...
2006-09-10T16:11:00.336-07:00The Narrative, A Proposal, and an Apology There’s an old story that in the middle ages, the youngest conversant child in a community would be brought to witness major land contracts, which were done by the shake of a hand – and beaten severely enough to ensure that they would be able to remember the contract for at least another 40 or 50 years.I remember April 2003 as one of the best months of my life -- the month we saw the magic come of out the Meetup community in full, extraordinary, bottom up glory-- but also in part because Joe Trippi is not a quiet screamer. He makes Dean’s Scream sound like Mary Had a Little Lamb.“Zephyr!!!!!!!!!” would come tearing out, long before I actually saw his face poke into the small closet the web team at the time called “the cave.” (With a nice poster of “Trogolodytes for Dean”) on the wall).“MAAAAATTT” was for Matt Gross.Joe was roiling with visions at the time, and he couldn't waste time explaining himself to us -- very new, very naive. When Joe screamed, we were slow, insane, and "just didn’t get it."I remember the first day of his complete anger, because it also coincides with the time he got obsessed with “getting Kos.”April 1, 2003, was the first enormous nationwide Meetup, and it had gone fabulously. We’d raised $83,000 online in a single day the day before, breaking all expectations and records. We’d stayed for a few drinks after the Meetup, and then went back to the office.Some time around 10 PM, the scream came. Kos had put up an online poll, comparing the candidates, and Dean was not winning. I think Kerry was, but I’m sure its all on record."WHAT THE HELL" he came screaming into the cave.“Look at Daily Kos” he said."How long as that poll been up. How could you miss that poll."“He’s trying to fuck us.”“He’s doing his poll right while everyone’s at Meetup. He’s trying to fuck us.”During the next day, we went to every listserv and contacts we had and asked them to get on that poll.If you walked by his office the next day, he wouldn’t talk to you, but he’d sit there, with his back to the door (you could see the computer screen from the door), hitting refresh on the Daily Kos poll. You could hear him seething that it wasn't moving.Matt thought he was testing us. He wanted to see how much muscle we could force into this poll.After that, he would come tearing into the office every time Kos said something negative about Dean or positive about Clark or another candidate. “Why I am always the first one to catch it?” he said, until Matt was checking Kos (no feed at the time) every 15 minutes or so.It was sometime in the next few weeks that we got the contract for Armstrong/Zuniga.Jerome wanted to come work for Dean at the office, and I think Joe wanted him to.So Joe asked Matt to figure out which blog was more important to get for influence in the blogosphere: MyDD or DailyKos. Matt decided DailyKos was more important. I don’t remember the reasoning, but the blogosphere was all entirely new to me – I never read blogs before the campaign – and everything I learned about the heirarchy was new, and mostly from Matt.Okay then, Joe said, its okay if Jerome came to work for us and stopped blogging, we’d still have DailyKos.“Get Kos on the phone!” Trippi would scream. “Where’s Jerome! He’s not calling me back! Are they going to fuck us?”Trippi asked us to look over the consulting contract that Markos/Zuniga proposed and tell him what we thought. We thought it was good, but had a lot of the ideas we’d heard elsewhere (at the time we were getting pitched by a handful of internet consulting firms), and they didn’t provide any unique technical service that we wouldn’t want to hire in house. I told Joe that if he didn’t want them for other reasons, the consulting contract wasn’t worth it. He said we needed Kos for Dean, and, more importantly, not to go work for someone else.I think there was also some indications that Armstrong/Zuniga was actively talking to another campaign (Ker[...]
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2006-03-03T17:20:17.263-08:00All the blogs are not concerned with the exemption of declaration which has just decided Cnil in a deliberation qu’it has just made public. As L’article 24 of the law of August 6, 2004 gives him the right of it, the national Commission of L’data-processing and freedoms put forth a recommendation which releases from L’obligation of declaration the Web sites of private individuals diffusing or collecting personal data within a private framework. The purely personal blogs as the blogs D’adolescent are obviously aimed by this text. On the other hand, the blogs but also all the personal sites with vocational guidance, associative or different are excluded from it. C’is for example the case of the " blog-notes D’Alain Juppe " which should make L’object D’such a formality. L’Ex-first minister declared his site political (Alain-juppe.com) but not its blog which also has political contents. On the other hand, if L’ex-First minister opened a bearing blog on an unspecified personal passion, it N’would not have to declare it.If the personal sites are exonerated from L’obligation of declaration, they remain held to conform to the provisions of Data-processing law the "and freedoms ". Thus must they respect the rights of the people of which the data are reproduced on the site : right D’opposition, D’access, of correction, collects honest data, etc. On the significant data (political, religious, relating to health or the sexual life, etc), Cnil goes beyond the law by recommending to make them available " qu’to the only people identified by the person in charge for the Web site ". Once diffused on Internet, the data is not, indeed, more controllable. And concerning the data dissemination relative to minors, the Commission recalls qu’it " cannot S’carry out qu’with L’agreement and L’authorization express of the parents ".C’is the fifth decision of exemption of declaration of Cnil within the framework of the new Data-processing law "and freedoms ". It aims at limiting the formalities when that relates to treatments which do not involve apparently risks for freedoms