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Alex Howard

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Washington, DC
Deputy Director, Sun Foundation and Freelance Writer — Freelance
Covers:  open source, digital technology, open data, health it, city and county government, federal government, enterprise technology, government, health care, online politics, civic issues, federal it, digital media, innovation, privacy, big data, social media, open government, internet, technology, tech policy

Dad, husband, writer, citizen, chef, cyclist, skeptical optimist, cereal dilettante. Deputy Director, @SunFoundation. alex@sunlightfoundation.com 📱410.849.9808

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Alexander B. Howard was the Washington Correspondent for O'Reilly Media, where he wrote about the intersection of government, the Internet and society, including how technology is being used to help citizens, cities, and national governments solve large-scale problems. He is an authority on the u...

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@digiphile — 258,050 followers, 155,532 tweets

Dear @Jack, @Twitter told us Russia-linked, automated accounts were an issue in 2016. Today, trolls & bots linked to Russian influence operations appear to be promoting a request to buy classified intelligence:  http://www.businessinsider.com/release-the-memo-campaign-russia-linked-twitter-accounts-2018-1  How do you view your responsibilities here?  https://twitter.com/digiphile/status/954488211551801344 
So. @Twitter: 1) found & suspended 50,000+ automated accounts (bots) "potentially connected to a propaganda effort by…the Internet Research Agency (IRA) 2) will email 677,775 people in the USA who followed, retweeted or liked a Tweet from these accounts:  https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/company/2018/2016-election-update.html   https://twitter.com/TonyRomm/status/954484005679792128 
I heard this bus hit a cyclist on East Capitol Street, followed by shouts & the skitter of a bike in the street. Police & bystanders sprang to help immediately, stabilizing & protecting the victim, & calls for help. I never feel better about my fellow Americans than these moments https://t.co/8602yjmH9f
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What was your first job as a journalist?

Health columnist, Colby Echo

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Ford Prefect