Joe Merante2012 Fellow

Joe Merante is a lawyer, entrepreneur, musician, and web developer. Joe co-founded a music business development company and worked at a music publishing agency prior to law school. During his research fellowship at the Institute for Information Law & Policy, he contributed to Peer to Patent and open government research and completed legal internships at Creative Commons and eMusic. Since passing the New York bar exam, he has built websites for healthcare practitioners and nonprofits. Joe holds a BA from Berklee College of Music and a JD from New York Law School.

Posts by Joe

A Civic Stack Thought Experiment

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It is well known that the Internet protocol suite consists of a stack of layers: the application layer sitting on top of the transport layer, the internet layer, and the link layer. Detailed analysis of the interaction of these layers …

Austin Launches Innovation Office

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As a testament to the hard work of the city and community, Austin City Council has approved room in the 2013 budget to form an Innovation Office that will continue to pursue open and new approaches to government. As Council …

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Show Me the Manual

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On May 4, I had the pleasure of introducing Carl Malamud during the filming of “Show Me the Manual: An Internet Town Hall” at Code for America (video below). The discussion focused on the importance of making privately-developed public standards …

Getting Started in ATX

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For many of us, examples are necessary to bring theory to life. The level of interest in our work in Austin is beyond encouraging and we’d like to share a few examples of how the community is leading the way. …

Fast and Far, Together

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During January all of the fellows participated in the 2012 Code for America Training, a month of training, team building, skills sessions, guest speakers and much more. ┬áMore specifically, we discussed strategies for identifying pain points in cities and how …