In 1776, “E Pluribus Unum,” a Latin phrase that means “Out of many,” one, was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States of America. At the time, it was intended to be a definitive statement of that reflected the determination of the nation’s founding fathers to form one nation from thirteen colonies. In the centuries since, as the United States has expanded and other nations have adopted democratic governments of, by, and for the people, the motto has come to stand for something more, beyond state and national borders: the notion that a stronger, vibrant democratic union can be formed through the “melting pot” that accepts and celebrates the combination of peoples from around the world.
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“E Pluribus Unum” was founded in 2013 by Alexander B. Howard, a writer and editor then based in Washington, DC. Currently, he is a columnist at TechRepublic and a contributor to TechPresident, among other fine publications, consultant, moderator and researcher. He resides in Massachusetts with his family.
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Howard has been recognized by The Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s “TechTitans,” calling him a “respected trend-spotter and chronicler of government’s use of new media.” He has appeared on-air as an analyst for NPR, WHYY, WAMU, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, Washington Post TV, WJLA and a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Howard is a member of the Government of Canada’s independent advisory panel on open government.
Previously, he was a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and a fellow at the Networked Transparency Policy Project in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From April 2010 to May 2013, he was the Washington Correspondent for Radar at O’Reilly Media. Prior to joining O’Reilly, he was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where he wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and IT security, and the broader topics of online culture and enterprise technology.
Howard has also contributed to WIRED, the National Journal, PBS Mediashift, The Daily Beast, NextGov, Forbes, Buzzfeed, Slate, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Govfresh, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, TechPresident, CBS News’ What’s Trending, Govloop, Governing People, and the Association for Computer Manufacturing, amongst others.
Howard has been a keynote speaker, moderator and panelist at numerous conferences in Washington and beyond, including the Web 2.0 Summit and Expo, Gov 2.0 Summit and Expo, Social Media Week, DC Week, SXSWi, Strata, GOSCON, AMP Summit, Tech@State, CAR/IRE, the State of the Net and the Open Government Partnership’s annual conference in Brasilia.
He also delivered remarks or moderated discussions at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, The Wilson Center, New York Law School, Alfred University, The Mona School of Business at the University of The West Indies, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The U.S. National Archives, NIST, The Club de Madrid, The Cato Institute, The New America Foundation, The World Bank, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. In 2011, he was Visiting Faculty at the Poynter Institute.