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  1. Jennifer Pahlka: Fixing Government: Bottom Up and Outside In - The Long Now

    Toward agile government

    Pahlka quoted: “Efficiency in government is a matter of social justice.” (Mayor John Norquist)

    It is at the often maddening interface with government that the inefficiency and injustice play out.

    Two examples (both now fixed)…

    At the Veterans Affairs website, you needed to fill out the application for health benefits, but the file wouldn’t even open unless you had a particular version of Internet Explorer and a particular version of Adobe Reader.

    Nothing else worked.

    In California, the online application for food stamps is 50 screens long and takes 50 minutes to complete.

    How did such grotesquely bad software design become the norm?

    Pahlka points to laws such as the “comically misnamed” Paperwork Reduction Act of 01980, which requires six months to get any public form approved, and the 775-page Federal Acquisition Regulation book, which requires that all software be vastly over-specified in advance.

    “That’s not how good software is built!” Pahlka said.

    “Good software is user-centered, iterative, and data driven.”

    You build small at first, try it on users, observe what doesn’t work, fix it, build afresh, try it again, and so on persistently until you’ve got something that really works—and is easy to keep updating as needed.

    Pahlka’s organization, Code for America, did that with the 50-minute California food stamp application and pared the whole process down to 8 minutes.

    These are not small matters.

    19% of the US gross national product is spent on social programs—social security, medicare, food assistance, housing assistance, unemployment, etc.

    Frustration with those systems makes people want to just blow the whole thing up.

    Pahlka quotes Tom Steinberg (mySociety founder): “You can no longer run a country properly if the elites don’t understand technology in the same way they grasp economics or ideology or propaganda.”

    Government drastically needs more tech talent, Pahlka urged, and the user-centered iterative approach could have a broader effect: “It's not so much that we need new laws to govern technology,” she said.

    “It's that we need better tech practices that teaches how to make better laws.

    The status quo isn’t worth fighting for.

    Fight for something better, something we haven’t seen yet, something you have to invent.”

    She concluded:

    “Decisions are made by those who show up.”

           —Stewart Brand

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  2. Show 117: MonkiGras 2017 - Exploring the Parallels Between Software and Craft Beer

    On today's episode of The New Stack Analysts, TNS founder Alex Williams and Managing Editor Joab Jackson sat down with RedMonk analyst and co-founder James Governor to learn more about the upcoming MonkiGras 2017 event, launching 1/26/2017 in London, England.

    While packaging software and refining the user experience will be discussed at length in both the traditional and technical sense, MonkiGras and RedMonk's follow-up event in October 2017, dubbed MonkToberFest, introduce the parallels found between software and craft beer. coffee, and microbreweries.

    If you have yet to register for MonkiGras, you can get a refreshing 25% discount on tickets with the code "TNS" at:

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  3. The economics of “social capital” | Podcasts

    The FT’s Cardiff Garcia talks to writer Ryan Avent about the importance of social capital in an increasingly digitised and labour-abundant economy. The two also discuss recent shifts in global monetary policy. Ryan is a columnist at The Economist and author of the new book, “The Wealth of Humans”. Visit show notes and links.


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