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Don’t fix net neutrality. It isn’t broken.

The Federal Communications Commission voted a partisan 3-2 on network neutrality on December 21st, in what proponents consider an upset. The rules, a flimsy copy of rules written by Verizon and Google in October, are worse than nothing. So they say. Net neutrality is a hot topic, but only [it seems] for people who understand…

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10 most-read Occasional Planet posts of 2010

2010 has been the first calendar year for Occasional Planet’s eclectic, under-the-news-radar, occasionally-humorous-and-often-opinionated potpourri of mostly positive posts on progressive people, programs and ideas. Looking back–obsessively–via our Google Analytics dashboard, we’ve identified the 10 stories that have gotten the most clicks this year. There’s no discernible, underlying theme to the posts that readers pick up…

Got a story? Pitch your idea to Spot.us.

Spot.us is a non-profit website aimed at inspiring civic journalism through “community powered reporting.” Spot.us partners the public with journalists to generate stories on a variety of under-reported topics At the site, citizens submit news tips, or story ideas they’re passionate about in their communities. Freelance journalists then create pitches from news tips or their…

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Information is beautiful

David McCandless loves pie. And he loves information, too. But he hates pie charts. So, he’s doing something about that. Calling himself a “data journalist” and “information designer,” McCandless has given himself the task of turning facts, data, ideas, issues, statistics and questions into visual information. Describing himself as “into anything strange and interesting,” he…