Net neutrality: Will you be in the slow lane or the express lane?

Speed up. Slow down. Block. Assuming that the above five words are nothing more than a description of Super Bowl tactics would be incorrect. That’s because the words also define tactics the largest Internet service providers (ISPs)—Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable—might soon be using to bolster their bottom line. This radical change to…

Google searches on “register to vote” go crazy after Obama speech

Proving that President Obama is still a trend starter, after his speech at the Democratic National Convention, online searches for registering to vote doubled across America. His excellent speech which ended with the following statement: “I ask you tonight for your vote…. If you reject the notion that this nation’s promise is reserved for the few,…

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…

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…