Up to Date
Mon May 14, 2012
The Information Diet
The great thing about modern technology? We can easily and cheaply access data on just about anything 24/7. The down side? It’s being done in such great quantity and with such little regard for quality that it has led to "information obesity."
Monday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Clay Johnson to talk about information obesity, its underlying factors, and the impact it can have on our health.
Clay Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.
Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.