Frans de Waal’s Bottom-Up Morality: We’re Not Good Because Of God :

For 30 years, de Waal has authored books about apes and monkey that open our eyes to the bottom-up origins of our human behaviors, ranging from politics to empathy. In this, his 10th volume, he extends that perspective by writing, "It wasn't God who introduced us to morality; rather, it was the other way around. God was put into place to help us live the way we felt we ought to." http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2013/03/21/174830095/frans-de-waals-bottom-up-morality-were-not-good-because-of-god Enjoy the Day... Brian Sullivan

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The Internet's Own Boy depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work. https://archive.org/details/TheInternetsOwnBoyTheStoryOfAaronSwartz Enjoy the Day... Brian Sullivan

Patent database up and running – O’Reilly Radar

So imagine the courage and leadership necessary for David Kappos and his team to look at the revenue from selling these products, and to say ‘No, that’s wrong. The President’s Open Government Directive makes it clear that these should be public goods, available without fee or favor; bundle them into the bulk downloads’. Breaking free from institutional capture by revenue stream is amongst the most difficult and bold leadership decisions anyone responsible for an enterprise can make. So hats off to the whole team at USPTO, to Joey Hutcherson at Commerce and to the Deputy CTO in OSTP, Beth Noveck, and to Jon Orwant and his team at Google. Real good citizens! http://radar.oreilly.com/2010/11/patent-database-up-and-running.html Enjoy the Day... Brian Sullivan