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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News More Cool Stuff One of Altadena’s longest standing institutions, Altadena Library District, is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its main building, originally designed by architect Boyd Georgi in the early 1960s. To honor this historic anniversary, the Altadena Library District Board has approved plans for the Library’s Phase I Renovations using grant funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and a generous donation from the Altadena Library Foundation.Board President Ira Bershatsky says of the plans, “This is a much needed sprucing up of the interior of the library and we are very grateful to both HUD and the Altadena Library Foundation for their financial support of this project. This will be the catalyst to future funding to address the many additional needs of this facility.”The first segment of a multi-phase remodel, the Phase I Renovations will address needed updates to shelving, flooring and carpets, electrical capacity, the library’s Community Room, and interior signage. Installation of new shelving will begin to bring the library into compliance with seismic safety code and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Additional electrical and data outlets will be built in throughout the library to allow users of mobile devices increased opportunities for charging and for future expansion of technological capacity. The worn carpets and flooring will be replaced, thanks to the generosity of the Altadena Library Foundation.The Altadena Library will be closed from mid-March to the end of April due to the renovation efforts. During this time period the Bob Lucas Branch Library will be open seven days a week with expanded hours.The launch of the Phase I Renovation happens to fall on the historic 50th Anniversary of the library’s main building. While the library, in one form or another, has been serving the community of Altadena since the early 1900s, the main library building on Mariposa Street was built and opened in 1967. At the time, the library was a modern marvel, featuring classic mid-century features including simple lines and seamless integration with its natural surroundings. Thus, after the first phase is complete, the community is invited to gather for a grand reopening celebration on Saturday, June 10th to explore the features of the new library and commemorate all it has accomplished in the past 50 years.“These exciting updates could not have come at a better time. Our library is truly unique, both in its nostalgic physical structure and the diverse community it serves, and its lengthy legacy is reason for celebration across the community. We are inspired by this significant milestone in the library’s history to continue to serve the community the best we can for years to come.” says Library Director Mindy Kittay of the 50th Anniversary and the Phase I Renovation.Altadena Library District’s main building is located at 600 East Mariposa Street. Altadena Library’s Bob Lucas Branch Library is located at 2659 Lincoln Avenue in Altadena.The Altadena Library District has been providing free and equal access to information, ideas, technology, and the joy of reading to educate and empower the diverse community of Altadena for over 90 years. More information about Altadena Library District is available at www.altadenalibrary.org. 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The man who couldn’t be boughtOfficials far and wide are mourning the passing of former Gov. Brendan T. Byrne, who died on Jan. 4 at age 93.Gov. Christopher Christie made the announcement shortly after the news reached his desk.“Governor Byrne had an extraordinary career of public service. He served as counsel to Governor Meyner, Deputy Attorney General, Essex County Prosecutor, Superior Court Judge and two-term governor of New Jersey. He did each of those jobs with integrity, honesty, intelligence, wit and flair. He cared deeply for the state’s environment, led the charge for the development of the Meadowlands Complex and for the establishment of casino gaming in Atlantic City,” Christie said. “He served his country in World War II and went on to graduate from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He was the proud father of seven children and was a treasure to his home state where, in 2011, he was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.”Christie, who appeared with Byrne in Jersey City three years ago at the dedication of Martin’s Place, a prisoner reentry center, said he considered Byrne “a mentor and a friend.”“My life is richer for having known him, as I am sure are the lives of every person who had the privilege to meet him,” Christie said.Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the state has lost a towering leader and an extraordinary role model.“History will remember Gov. Byrne for his achievement in creating a state income tax that averted the financial collapse of our schools,” Baraka said. “But this could not have been accomplished without Brendan Byrne’s courage to risk his own future doing what was right even when immensely unpopular. Governor Byrne understood that public service is about the people you serve and not your own political career. His life stands as a role model for all those who today seek or hold positions of public trust.”Rep. Albio Sires said, “I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of Governor Brendan Byrne, who passed away earlier today. The residents of New Jersey and the Byrne family have lost a beloved patriarch. Governor Byrne served his country with pride during World War II and spent his entire career in public service as counsel to former Governor Meyner, Essex County Prosecutor, Superior Court Judge all leading up to his two terms as governor. He was a champion for all people and believed that everyone should have the chance to realize their potential to the fullest.”Byrne served two terms as governor from 1974 to 1982, and was a times extremely unpopular, particularly when he signed legislation instituting the state’s first income tax.Although accused of being stubborn at times, he was also known for his humor, and often deflected political attacks with a quip.One of his most famous quotes concerned his death. He said he wished to be buried in Hudson County so he could continue to vote after he was dead.Despite periods of unpopularity as governor, he became one of the state’s leading statesman and a popular speaker at various political functions.He was well-known for a reputation of honesty. A federal wiretap recorded an underworld crime boss who said during a recorded conversation that Byrne could not be bought.Byrne is quoted as not seeking elected office and in fact, ran for only one office in his lifetime, and won that twice.“He was an icon in New Jersey politics whose impact on the state and our residents will be felt for generations to come,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. “He deserves our upmost thanks for a life dedicated to public service, fighting proudly in World War II, protecting the environment and moving New Jersey forward. Gov. Byrne was a one-of-a-kind class act, honest, dignified and ahead of his time. He will be deeply missed.” 1 / 2 Former Gov. Brendan T. Byrne passed away on Jan. 4. Although he once joked he’d like to be buried in Hudson County so he could continue to vote after he died, he had a reputation for being an honest politician. 2 / 2 Children in Hamilton Park used the gazebo stairs to sled on Thursday. Photo by Marilyn Baer. ❮ ❯ × 1 / 2 Former Gov. Brendan T. Byrne passed away on Jan. 4. Although he once joked he’d like to be buried in Hudson County so he could continue to vote after he died, he had a reputation for being an honest politician. 2 / 2 Children in Hamilton Park used the gazebo stairs to sled on Thursday. Photo by Marilyn Baer. ❮ ❯ JC police lieutenant killed on NJ TurnpikeChristopher Robateau, 49, of Carteret, a 23-year veteran of the Jersey City Police Department, was killed on the NJ Turnpike on Jan. 5 when he exited his car to help a stranded motorist.City officials said the matter is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police, which have jurisdiction over incidents on the Turnpike.“We lost a great JC Police Officer on his way to work,” said Mayor Steven Fulop in a tweet. “He exited his car to help someone and was struck by a car on the turnpike. We consider him on duty in JC being that he was looking to help someone which is what we want all JC officers to do all the time. R.I.P Lt. Chris Robateau.”The accident happened shortly after 6:30 a.m. at Exit 14.He was promoted to lieutenant in October 2014 and worked in the East District that includes downtown. He served for a time with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office on loan from the JCPD.Man shot dead on New Year’s DayGun violence spilled over into the new year when a resident of Brunswick Street in Jersey City was found dead as a result of a gunshot to the head.Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that on Jan. 1, at approximately 6:15 a.m., Jersey City Police Officers responded to a report of a possible gunshot in the area of Brunswick and Montgomery streets in Jersey City. Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive male victim in an alley near Brunswick Street.The victim, later identified as Taiwon Robinson, 23, of Jersey City, suffered an apparent gunshot wound to his head. Robinson was transported to Jersey City Medical Center by Emergency Medical Services where he was pronounced dead shortly before 7 a.m.The cause and manner of his death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.JC deputy mayor becomes director of HECDDeputy Mayor Marcos Vigil has been named the director of the city’s Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce (HECD). Vigil will leave his post as deputy mayor, a position he has held since 2015.“During the past three years, Deputy Mayor Vigil has proven his commitment to Jersey City and his experience in the areas of housing and economic development,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “He has played a major role in helping to bring development away from the waterfront, in building more affordable housing, and in prioritizing sustainable growth. I thank him for his service to the people of Jersey City in this capacity, and I am confident in his ability to lead HEDC with the same dedication, understanding, and expertise.”Vigil replaces Anthony Cruz, who previously held that position.Vigil served his term as deputy mayor overseeing economic development and real estate, and developing strategies for sustainable development and affordable housing. He is also represents the city as a member of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ Legislative Committee and as the Mayor’s Alternate Trustee for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.“I’m honored by the confidence Mayor Fulop has shown in me and the opportunity to continue to move his progressive and inclusive agenda forward on the economic development front,” said Marcos Vigil. “I know from my interaction with staff at the department that we have the most committed professionals and public servants. Together we will work to provide the best services to our constituents while looking to improve the quality of life for all residents throughout Jersey City.”Prior to his role with the city, Vigil served as deputy secretary of state for New York during Governor Andrew Cuomo’s first term, leading and managing the operations for its Divisions of Consumer Protection, Licensing Services, Corporations, Cemeteries and the NYS Athletic Commission. Before joining public service, Marcos practiced commercial and employment law in New York City. Marcos also serves as a board member at Princeton AlumniCorps, a nonprofit whose mission is to mobilize people, organizations, and networks for the public good, and has served as board member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and as deputy general counsel for the National Hispanic Bar Association.Free diabetes self-management workshop series offered in Jersey CityAre you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? Take control of your health through a free and fun six-week workshop series. Meet others going through similar experiences and learn about preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, medication management, dealing with stress and depression, action planning, and much more.The free diabetes self-management workshop series will be offered at Triangle Park Community Center on 247 Old Bergen Road in Jersey City, NJ 07305 on Tuesdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free literature and resources will be provided.To register, e-mail Joyce Davison at [email protected] All attendees must register by the second workshop session.The workshop series is being offered by Quality Insights as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, which is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Learn more at www.qualityinsights-qin.org.Wandering incidents increase harm to autistic adults, kidsWith two recent deaths on Christmas and Christmas Eve, the National Autism Association is warning caregivers about the increased risks of autism-related wandering during the holiday season.On Christmas Eve, a 15-year-old boy with autism died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle. The next day, the body of 7-year-old boy with autism was found floating in a nearby pool.Each year, hundreds of children and adults with autism go missing, but holiday-related wandering cases are especially dangerous. According to a study from the National Autism Association (NAA), incidents that occurred from a social or family gathering, such as those during the holidays, ended in death 69 percent of the time. In recent years, cases have occurred on Mother’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.Similar to wandering behaviors in the Alzheimer’s community, wandering/elopement, or “running” behaviors in children and adults with autism have led to countless tragedies across the country. A pediatrics study in 2012 found that half of children with autism attempt to wander/elope from a safe environment. According to NAA, accidental drowning is responsible for the vast majority of lethal outcomes, especially among younger children with autism. The second leading cause of death is by fatal traffic injury, typically in teenage males with autism.Times of transition, commotion and stress can increase wandering and elopement behaviors, and this is especially true during the holidays and holiday gatherings. Not only do unfamiliar places, noisy settings or disrupted routines bolster the chance for a child or adult to exit-seek, it can also make it difficult for caregivers to respond. With the commotion of gatherings, caregivers may not be aware the child is missing, which can prolong search efforts.Preparation ahead of holiday gatherings can decrease risk. It’s important that caregivers make relatives and friends aware of wandering risks ahead of time, and assign one trusted adult to closely supervise the at-risk children at all times for an agreed-upon period of time. Tools like door chimes and stop sign prompts are inexpensive enough to take to a relative’s home during visits, and items that reduce noise can also help. Consider tracking technology or distance monitors, especially if visiting someone else’s home. Having identification on your child is essential, especially if communication challenges are present. Avoiding triggers is also key, so allowing the child to do what makes them feel comfortable and happy may help decrease anxiety. In the event of an emergency, call 911 and search nearby sources of water first, even if it’s murky or icy.For more tips, download the free toolkit for caregivers from the NAA.Got a story, novel, essay, or script in your head — or on paper?Reporter editor and published novelist Caren Lissner is bringing her one-shot writing and publishing class to Little City Books in Hoboken, five blocks from the train station, in January. Do you have an idea for a novel, story, memoir, essay, or script, or have something partly written but don’t know the next steps? You can bring up to two pages, double spaced (500 words) for critique and publication advice, or just sit in on the class and participate in the discussions, without bringing anything. There’s a nominal fee for those bringing work to read, and a lower fee for those who just want to sit in and participate in the discussion.The next “Get It Out” class takes place Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the bookstore, walking distance from the Second Street Light Rail and Hoboken terminal stations.“There are so many ways to get published these days,” said Lissner. “Anyone who’s working on a piece of writing is a writer. They shouldn’t be shy about getting their work out there. I’ve known people who went from publishing nothing to publishing in a major newspaper or website.”Lissner’s humorous first novel, Carrie Pilby, was published in 2003, sold 74,000 copies worldwide, and was released as a movie this year. The book is available new on Amazon, and the movie is currently showing on Netflix and purchasable on DVD at Amazon.She has also published serious essays, articles, and humor writing/satire in the New York Times, Atlantic.com, McSweeney’s, Harper’s, LitHub, and National Lampoon. Read more of her writing and advice and contact her via carenlissner.com.The link to sign up for the class is http://www.littlecitybooks.com/event/get-it-out-writing-and-publishing-workshop-caren-lissner (as a reader or as an auditor), or stop by Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., corner of First and Bloomfield, Hoboken. (201) 626-READ. If you have questions, contact the bookstore or lissner via carenlissner.com.
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Starting next year, college athletes in the state of Florida will be eligible for compensation in situations where their name, image, or likeness is being used.The announcement was made Friday afternoon by Governor Ron DeSantis at the University of Miami.The governor said that he “viewed it as something that was a matter of fairness,” when it came to allowing the athletes to be paid.“We’re not talking about, you get a scholarship to Florida State and Miami and the universities are gonna pay you to play. That’s not what we’re talking about,” DeSantis said. “But if you have a situation where you have some of the great athletes, particularly in sports like football and basketball, whose name, image, and likeness is being used to make millions and millions of dollars, and they don’t have the opportunity to get any of that, there’s something fundamentally unfair for that,” DeSantis said.“If EA Sports wants to do NCAA Football and they’re gonna have some of these guys who are great players, they’re gonna use their name, image, and likeness, then there can be some compensation for that,” DeSantis continued.The Florida Board of Governors are still hammering out the finer details of the bill but it is expected to go into affect by July 1st of 2021.
Advertisement gw7dNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1a1jl2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3r1kWould you ever consider trying this?😱ua1Can your students do this? 🌚2pnRoller skating! Powered by Firework On this day last year, Ramakant Achrekar, the childhood coach of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, passed away and on his first death anniversary, Tendulkar paid a heartfelt tribute to his mentor through social media. The Dronacharya award winning coach, also trained several other fine players like Vinod Kambli and Pravin Amre at Shivaji Park in Dadar, Mumbai during the 80s and 90s.Advertisement Picture Credit: Cricket Country“You will continue to remain in our hearts, Achrekar Sir!” Sachin tweeted in English and Marathi along with an old photograph of him with his teacher.The legendary batsman was in touch with his coach throughout his illustrious career, till Achrekar’s demise on January 2, 2019 due to age-related complications. Shortly after his funeral, Sachin posted an emotional message for his former mentor.“Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar sir,” wrote Tendulkar.“Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance. His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on,”“Achrekar sir taught us the virtues of playing straight and living straight. Thank you for making us a part of your life and enriching us with your coaching manual. Well played Sir and may you coach more wherever you are.”Apart from Sachin, former Indian batsman Vinod Kambli also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Achrekar.“No Mentor can ever be as incredible as you are because you did not only teach me to play cricket in the best way possible but you also taught me real life lessons. I miss you a lot, Achrekar Sir!”, Kambli tweeted.During his tenure as a player, Achrekar himself competed in just a single first-class match but would go on to play a crucial role in moulding Tendulkar in his early days. However, the last few years before his demise would prove to be the most painful days of his life as he suffered a stroke 6 years prior to his death, which reduced his mobility in to a bare minimum.The legendary coach was honoured with the Dronacharya Award in 1990 and the Padma Shri in 2010.You might also like: Sachin Tendulkar to all men: Don’t hide your tears!Sachin Tendulkar : Split ODIs into 4 innings of 25 overs each! Advertisement
MIDDLETOWN — Hubbard Avenue, in the River Plaza section, which had been closed for more than a month since Tropical Storm Irene, has reopened to traffic.Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley said the road, where a portion had collapsed, has opened as of the Columbus Day weekend, earlier than expected.“The expectation was to open in mid-month,” Curley said.A portion of the county road had literally crumpled when the rising water of the late August storm caused the dam at neighboring Shadow Lake to breach. The force of water undermined the pavement.“That was a real mess,” Curley said, detailing how that length of the road had been eroded from the bottom. “So, all the underpinnings has to be replaced,” requiring the culvert over the lake waters to be completely resurfaced.The project cost approximately $491,000, Curley said. The county had hired the Sambol Construction Corporation, Toms River, to undertake the work, according to the county’s engineering department.Getting the private contractor on the job right after the storm, “that is what expedited this whole situation,” Curley said.County officials were able to select a private sector firm from an already prepared list, allowing the work to commence quickly, according to Curley.The county road is heavily traveled with vehicles heading to and from the Garden State Parkway’s exit 109, by way of nearby West Front Street. With that road unavailable for vehicles, they were forced to take long detour routes, having “to travel east to go west,” the freeholder said.Curley, who lives in the vicinity of Shadow Lake, said area residents were “asking me when the completion date was.”And when he told them it would be early October, “They were shocked. They couldn’t believe it could be done that quickly,” he said.
SANTA CLARA – Even if quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo gains full medical clearance for 49ers training camp Friday, his supporting cast remains rife with health concerns.Here are 10 players who could land on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list, where they could linger from only a day or into November, as is the case for rookies who go on the active/non-football-injury list:1. Running back Jerick McKinnon: He hasn’t practiced since tearing his right knee’s anterior cruciate ligament a week …
29 November 2005The new Hoerikwagga Trail on Table Mountain is both a conservation and job creation project.Built as part of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s contribution to the Expanded Public Works Programme, the trail is the second new Table Mountain trail – with two more still to come.Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk says the new trail is a model for the success of linkages between conservation, tourism and job creation.The projects to upgrade the footpaths and create the trail infrastructure have so far created employment for 416 people.Launching the Hoerikwagga Trail project on Thursday, Van Schalkwyk said his department would be investing R35-million over three years in the Table Mountain National Park through public works projects.People’s TrailThe first trail, the People’s Trail, was designed to expose young people from all communities to both the national park and conservation.“Of course this project is part of a much wider programme of investment by our department in all 22 National Parks,” the minister said.For the three years from 2004 to 2007 we are spending more than R296-million through poverty relief projects, focusing mainly on new infrastructure like these trails, and through projects like our Coast Care programme.Before March 2007, this investment should deliver, among others, five new rest camps with 124 new tourist beds.“The projects also focus on the upgrading of 145 existing tourism accommodation units; the construction and upgrading of 323km of tourist roads; 397km of new fences for park boundaries needed to protect our new land; and the upgrading and major renovation of more than 320km of footpaths and trails,” Van Schalkwyk said.Important prioritiesTable Mountain National Park projects manager Brett Myrdal said the trails combined some of the most important priorities for all South African communities by empowering people, providing employment, and creating a sense of ownership and pride in the park’s conservation efforts and tourism facilities.“Perhaps the most heart-warming aspect of this suite of trails is that profits from the mountain’s trail will be used to make access to the People’s Trail affordable to the youth of Cape Town,” Myrdal said.He said Table Mountain’s trails would have an eventual annual capacity of about 4 000 hikers who would be professionally introduced “to the wonders of overnighting” on Table Mountain by accredited guides.Myrdal added that the park planned to open the third trail, the more advanced six-day, five-night Tip to Top, in November 2006, with the final Top to Tip trail targeted for launch in November 2007.He said all four trails would be marketed extensively by South African National Parks and at national and international trade shows like the annual Tourism Indaba.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tim O’Reilly was recently at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), talking about the kinds of things that could be done “if we could use medicare data like Google uses clickstream data.” The response was a very cautious one.Big organizations have a lot of fear concerning peoples’ privacy, but book publisher, event organizer and industry luminary Tim O’Reilly thinks it’s time to reconsider our beliefs concerning personal information. “The old model of privacy isn’t taking into account any of the trade offs, and clearly people are willing to make those trade offs,” he says. “Google maps on your phone sends your location to someone else’s server every time you look something up, for example.” O’Reilly’s position on privacy is a very important one, at this point in history when the future of privacy is being debated.I got to sit down with O’Reilly earlier this week, just before the start of his big open source conference OSCON. We talked about a number of things, but it was the discussion of digital privacy that stood out the most. O’Reilly’s may be the most intelligent argument in favor of sacrificing some privacy that I’ve seen yet. O’Reilly argues that the world is changing dramatically and so our decades-old policies, preferences and beliefs about personal privacy need to change, too. By loosening our privacy requirements, changing the consequences of disclosure of personal information where we can and considering the trade-offs, we could capture an incredible bounty of innovation for social good. And at a time of great peril, when such social innovation will be sorely needed.What Are the Upsides?What kinds of services could be built using the kind of data that public and other large institutions hold? O’Reilly offered a related example of innovation built on top of previously unutilized data. Passur Aerospace is a company that wanted to do predictive analytics on air traffic data. “The airlines had the data, but they were throwing it away,” O’Reilly says. “So they set up their own network of radar stations. Now they sell predictive services to airports. Continental Airlines flights into New York that were running late went from 25 flights a day to none, because of these complex models the company was able to construct. If we had open data today, the FAA wouldn’t be throwing it away and somebody would have figured that out faster and cheaper.”A lot of that data that developers will analyze and build on top of in the future will be data about us, collectively and as individuals, O’Reilly says. “Technology is taking us a direction where more and more is known about us. I refer a lot to Jeff Jonas on this. It’s hard to be completely anonymized. I think we need a complete fresh look at what trade offs we’re making and why. A good example is health care privacy. It’s true that there are some diseases that still have stigmas around them, but our need for privacy is mostly about adverse selection from insurance companies. The problem we need to solve is adverse selection due to pre-existing conditions, not to treat the info like it’s toxic waste. If we look at the benefits of using the information – they are incredible.“One thing we can do is look at places where people have given up a fair amount of privacy and feel ok about it. The financial arena is one of those places – it’s ok to do data mining for fraud prevention.“It’s clear we’re in the middle of an incredible revolution in what technology enables. In the private sector we’re getting further and further ahead of government. We collaborate, get information on demand, our augmented reality is the military’s wet dream from a few years ago – and it’s fricking free. It’s all about access to massive cloud data at any time, when and where we need it. “In the face of that world, our policies are so hopelessly outdated. I don’t know what the right policies are going to be, but I do know they won’t be the same policies as 10 years ago, 50 years ago. They need a deep rethinking. We need to ask, what kind of outcomes do we want and how do we get there? And assume that you’re not going to stop that more and more is known about us.”“It’s easy to say that this should always be the user’s choice,” O’Reilly wrote in a blog post about Facebook privacy this Spring, “but entrepreneurs from Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg are in the business of discovering things that users don’t already know that they will want, and sometimes we only find the right balance by pushing too far, and then recovering.”O’Reilly’s Gov 2.0 conference in September will put an emphasis on bringing together leaders of industry, including finance, and government, in order to share lessons learned from working with data.Below: O’Reilly and other industry leaders introduced yesterday the Code for America fellowship program, dedicated to leveraging data for civic good. When Bad Things HappenI asked Tim what this inevitable march away from anonymity means to monks in Burma or student protesters in Iran, whose safety and ability to use technology to effect social change depends on anonymity.“I don’t really have a good answer to that,” he said. “Flickr and Youtube killed people in those places. We have to acknowledge that. People have to be aware and we could build more technology for places where you do need to be anonymous. If you’re dealing with those kinds of dangerous situations, if you’re risking your life, then you act differently than a normal person. Ultimately it is hard to remain anonymous. There are pro-privacy projects, like Tor, and it’s worth putting in place as much as possible the infrastructure for anonymity before it’s needed.”Across technology innovation and tech-facilitated social change, O’Reilly thinks there’s a big picture: the human condition is a social one and our technologies should help us build a response to oncoming crisis that’s based in that humanity.“In open source, the government space, and social media for good: we are building mechanisms for us to save ourselves, for us to work together, to remember what society is. Institutions are things we build to save ourselves. There is some bad shit coming down in our future: global warming, peak oil, wars, pandemics. It’s not always going to be happy-happy. All the stuff we’re building is going to be stuff that can help us be more adaptable, that will help us respond as a society. As Harlan Ellison wrote, ‘why else did we come all this way? To be alone?’”“We do all of this to do it together, to be together, society is a coping mechanism. Everything we do that’s good is to make easy things easier and hard things possible. That was the original Perl slogan, to make easy things easier and hard things possible, and this was originally the Perl conference.“We need to adopt that strategy in government. Right now we make easy things hard and hard things impossible.”Privacy is Up For DebateO’Reilly’s is certainly a compelling position on the relationship between privacy and innovation, but it’s not the only one. For general counterpoints, see our article Why Facebook is Wrong: Privacy is Still Important and danah boyd’s SXSW 2010 talk, Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity.Traditionally, a higher price has been paid for lost privacy by society’s most marginalized people. Will that be the case here as well? What do you think? 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