Political bloggers may get federal protection

Political bloggers may get federal protection

Some members of Congress are trying to make sure bloggers have freedom of speech and are not subject to Federal Election laws like PACs.

Can you imaging a blogger being arrested and convicted for doing something online (like supporting a candidate) because they spent some money to build out their site or create a podcast or video endorsing a candidate?

According to CNET:

Web 0.01 – Engelbart\’s 1968 oNLine system being built in 2006! | Web 2.0 Explorer | ZDNet.com

Web 0.01 – Engelbart\’s 1968 oNLine system being built in 2006! | Web 2.0 Explorer | ZDNet.com

I just noticed ZDNet is recruiting a lot of new bloggers and they are promising to pay for consistent quality writing.

Also, this post about Doug Engelbart is really fascinating. I got my start in the computer industry in 1988 when my brother Curt hired me at Folio. He had been attending hypertext conferences for a few years and I read all transcripts from those conferences and so I became familiar with the pioneers in this space, including Engelbart. (This is also where I first became acquainted with Jakob Nielsen, now a world renowed web usability expert. He was big in the hypertext world.) So I\’m interested in following the new Hyperscope project that has NSF funding and a blog to go along with it.

A highly educational day

Today I heard Kevin Rollins speak in Salt Lake City at a BYU Management Society meeting. My good friend Dave Bryce (Wharton Ph.D. and professor at BYU) got to conduct an interview with him. It was really interesting.

Next, I got to meet with a vice president of a major internet company, several local marketing experts, and a professor and some gradudate students at the University of Utah. We had some fascinating discussions, which I can\’t write about.

Small Business Loans

Many entrepreneurs don\’t know this, but Provo City has a revolving loan fund that typically makes $10,000 to $100,000 loans to companies that are having trouble getting financing. The Provo web site seems to be down right now, but here is a link to a short description of the Provo BDC.

I am serving on the BDC committee. We meet every month or two to consider companies that qualify for these small loans. Roger Andrus works for Provo City and helps companies prepare for their presentations to us.

The Vision of Grow Utah Ventures

I\’m sitting inside the old greyhound bus station on Ogden\’s infamous 25th street.

But it isn\’t a bus station anymore. Utah visionary Alan Hall and his team at Grow Utah Ventures have purchased the old bus depot. They are renovating it and today are christening it the \”E Station.\”

E, of course, stands for entrepreneur.

Alan Hall\’s vision is for Grow Utah Ventures to be the most influential private sector force for economic development in the state of Utah, with a focus on Northern Utah.

The Power and Speed of \”We The People\”

Last week I blogged about how individuals and communities can solve problems faster and better than government agencies can:

We are Americans. This is a land of liberty and self-government. It\’s all about
\”we the people.\” We have never hired our central government to take care of all
of our needs. We are a free people and a generous people. Our history is filled
with examples of private individuals caring for one another through private
charity, churches, and organizations. We can solve problems and create

iProvo: Fiber Optic for a City of 100,000

Provo, Utah, a city of more than 105,000 has owned its own power plant since 1940 (see Provo Mayor\’s message: November 2000). In 2000, Mayor Lewis Billings began discussions that resulted in decisions to deploy a city-wide fiber optic network called iProvo.

The city owns this network, but leases it to companies who will provide telecommunication services to Provo residents and businesses.

Getting on the GSA Schedule

A friend of mine wants to get his web application listed on the GSA Schedule so he can sell to federal customers. There are apparently 8,600 approved vendors on the GSA Schedule. I found this link to the GSA web site, with typically hard-to-understand instructions.

Do any of my readers know the fastest way to get approved by GSA to sell to government agencies and federal customers?


I\’m working with a team on an experimental political web site called iCount.com. We\’ve done a soft launch and are getting some traffic from Google. There are big plans for this site (inspired by the Dean campaign, Meetup.com, MoveOn.org, and other cool and effective political sites) and motivated by a love for the greatest democratic nation in the history of the world, and a hope to keep it that way.