Introducing The Techlaration

Many of you know that I, humble Declaration co-editor, am also something of an information technology hobbyist, and I’ve had occasion to use my tinkering to enhance my reporting on Philadelphia and elsewhere.

I'm Kenneth and can put my own photos here 'cause it's my column.

I’m Kenneth and can put my own photos here ’cause it’s my column.

I’ve also often found myself with material I think people would be interested in, but that doesn’t really fit an article format.

The Techlaration will explore in greater depth and with experimental media technology-related coverage already on the Declaration’s beat, we don’t seek to be a foil to but rather to complement existing hyper-locals like and Geekadelphia.

I do think I’ll write about different things than they will, we should get along all journalism-ecosystem-like. Did you know we have one of four DHS Federal Protective Service “Megacenters” here in Philly?

Photos from our journalism drones proving that the guard at the DVIC Fusion Center is an Eagles fan.

Photos from our journalism drones proving that the guard at the DVIC Fusion Center is an Eagles fan. Drone operator Mister Whiter.

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Among projects here, you’ll find research into and visualization of public safety data, documentation of the surveillance infrastructure and what Philly spends on it, and features covering innovators and newsmakers from the local information technology community, and its margins. I’ll also post here annotations where appropriate regarding our growing library of FOIA and public interest documents.

It’s also a place where I can post more casually and often about technology angles that are only mentioned in feature coverage. Here I can explore documents and records and other data in a format designed to allow our readers to follow the investigative and analytic process. I’ll post cool infographics and links to useful sites, there may even be GIFs. Here you’ll find posts about mapping and GIS,  something I call Research Hacking, tech gossip and aggregation, and anything else I think fits in the column. If you have an idea for a story, I want to hear that too. Email me at phillydeclaration OR kenneth.lipp @ GMAIL with “Techlaration” in the subject line with story ideas and cease-and-desist correspondence or whatever.


About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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