Barbara Simons examines some of the threats of Internet voting in the hope of encouraging the technical community to oppose Internet voting unless and until these threats can be eliminated.
Ilya Grigorik shares details on Google’s project to make the web faster: some of their findings on what slows down the web experience and how they improved it in Chrome and services.
Alex Russell discusses the state of web technologies, the internal tensions between specifying new features for a platform and its adoption, and what could be done to achieve a layered architecture.
Paul Downey talks on the current status of identity management on the web covering cross-site challenges, REST, HTTPS, Open ID, all in the context of enterprise architecture.
Boris Bokowski introduces Orion, a web-based development tool, explaining its design principles: integrating several Internet technologies, such as HTTP, REST, JSON, OAuth, OpenID, and others.
Justin Sheehy details Webmachine, a RESTful toolkit for writing well-behaved HTTP applications, helping developers to deal with the complexities of an HTTP-based application.
Brad Drysdale makes a case for WebSockets, comparing it with current solutions – HTTP, AJAX, Comet-, and showing its low overhead and latency, making it a better solution for today’s web applications.
Scott Davis reviews some of the most important HTML5 features: new semantic elements - header, footer, nav, section, and article-, form enhancements - placeholder text, autocomplete, autofocus, and validation-, video and mobile support.
Bob Frankston offers a vision of the Internet that focuses on communication and connection uninhibited by artificial barriers like carrier exclusivity, arbitrary differences in protocols, and vendor constraints. He uses stories as his organizing and presentational metaphor to share a vision of what could be, if we had free reign to follow our imagination.
The state of the art in political technology evolved radically 2004-2008. In 2004, software development in Democratic political campaigns consisted of a few rag-tag hackers taking shots in the dark and building applications. In 2008, political start-ups built innovative social applications that raised nearly 1/2 billion dollars, and elected a President.