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    Journalism

    Reframe It project seeks input of tech community on immigration policy

    Aug. 13, 2014, 4:41 p.m., Posted by Bobby Fishkin

    Digital media in use at immigration rally in Washington DC. Photo credit: SEIU on Flickr.

    Bobby Fishkin is CEO of Reframe It, which Knight Foundation supports.

    Debates about immigration policies today are often loud, noisy, rancorous, simplistic and ill-informed. These policies impact the tech community profoundly, often with consequences that were unintended by the policy’s framers. Misinformation and disinformation have undeserved influence; preventable and problematic unintended consequences go unchecked.  

    Reframe It is collaborating with TechCrunch and Silicon Valley Community Foundation to bring a currently underutilized resource to these debates: the intelligence, creativity and problem-solving mindset of the tech community. The goal is both to harness fresh ideas about assumptions, arguments and possible reforms, and to test whether the tech community would support these reforms if they understood them.

    Media, think tanks and individual citizens often claim that one or another public policy proposal would have a particular result. But they base these expectations on assumptions, which can be  “buggy.”  If only a small group of people have the opportunity to debug our pending legislation and public policies, then any preventable bugs they don’t find are likely to cause real problems for our society. In “The Cathedral and the Bazaar,” Eric Steven Raymond paraphrased  “Linus’s Law”:  “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”  With support from Knight Foundation, Reframe It  and its collaborators are working  to bring the creative energy of the technology community to the debugging of public policy related to immigration reform.   

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    Engaged Communities

    Choose Digital CTO: Seek ‘solid team players’

    Aug. 13, 2014, 3:53 p.m., Posted by Carolina Wilson

    Above: Mario Cruz, right, at Startup Grind. Photo: Carolina Wilson.

    Knight Foundation supports Startup Grind Miami, part of a global community, to expand South Florida’s network for entrepreneurs.

    Mario Cruz, co-founder and CTO of Choose Digital, grew up wanting to be a lawyer—until he discovered he hated writing.  Now an entrepreneur and technologist, he shared his startup story Tuesday night at Venture Hive thanks to host Startup Grind Miami.

    Choose Digital, which Cruz founded with CEO Stephen Humphreys in 2011, is a digital marketplace that allows members to redeem points or miles for the latest music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and eBooks.

    The Miami-based company has allowed companies such as SkyMall, Marriott and United Airlines to include digital content as part of their sales and marketing strategies.

    Cruz said that his startup success could be attributed in part to a rule he coined when considering who to have on his team: “No heroes; no zeros.”

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    Arts

    Artistic expression gives Miami students a ‘motivational edge’

    Aug. 13, 2014, 3:43 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Carolina Wilson, Miami-based freelance writer Tarrell Newell, a rising senior at Miami Jackson Senior High School, wants to attend Full Sale University in Winter Park, Fla., to study music management and sound engineering. It’s an aspiration that’s been nurtured by The Motivational Edge, a nonprofit after-school program that uses...

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