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The White House releases its first open source app on Github

Don’t worry, hell has not frozen over. But the White House is very definitely not doing business — or government, rather — as usual. The U.S. government has released a repository of open source code for allowing citizens to create and vote on petitions, the same functionality that drives WhiteHouse.gov.

America, keep rewarding your dissidents

Ever since I became an academic six years ago, I have been one of the biggest critics of U.S. competitiveness policies. I documented, for example, that we had our data wrong when it came to India and China’s advantages in engineering education and R&D, that we didn’t understand how to build innovation centers, and that our assumptions about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship were wrong. I have been particularly vocal about America’s flawed immigration policies. I quantified the amazing contribution that skilled immigrants make in the technology industry and raised the alarm about the reverse brain drain that is in progress. I testified, assertively, to Congress, and have been badgering our political leaders to act on these important issues.