Why Net Neutrality Is More Important Than You Know

Today was #NetNeutralityAction Day. Because I work with online communications in the public sector, this is an important issue for me. I’ve contacted my representatives in Congress with my thoughts. Trump’s FCC is currently attempting to roll back the Tittle II regulations which prevent broadband providers (i.e. Comcast) from charging added fees to content provides… Continue reading Why Net Neutrality Is More Important Than You Know

Why no man is an island

A new state law on July 1 requires children (those under 18 years of age) to wear helmets when riding in off-road vehicles. The law has some upset because it applies to actions on private property. Hoosiers are an independent lot, but the uproar doesn’t seem rational or logical to me. First, people are complaining… Continue reading Why no man is an island

Genetic testing: My $99 lesson

23andMe DNA testing kit. Photo from 23andme.com.

Last year, I participated in The Genographic Project, a DNA testing that identifies genetic ancestry. Much has been written about the perils of genetic testing, but the project has a scientific purpose and handles DNA results with appropriate privacy. I still recommend it to people. Three months ago I became interested in 23andMe‘s DNA testing service. In… Continue reading Genetic testing: My $99 lesson

No more free ride: Local newspaper starts charging for online access

The Star Press has started charging for online access.

I’ve been following the outcry regarding the local newspaper’s efforts to charge for online access. The Star Press —  like all of the other Gannett-owned newspapers — started charging website visitors $10 a month to read articles. Disclosure: I worked at The Star Press for about a decade as a graphics editor, copy editor, page… Continue reading No more free ride: Local newspaper starts charging for online access