DOES AMERICAN POLITICS NEED TO BE (GENUINELY) DISRUPTED?

I'm having a lot of fun with my new Techcrunch show, INNOVATE2016. This week, Iinterviewed California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who argued that American politics needs to be systemically reinvented. Radical stuff from the guy who is likely to be the next Californian Governor. Last week, I talked with Ben Jealous, former CEO of the NCAAP and now a partner at Kapor Capital, about how digital technology can help correct systemic social problems. And as we get closer to the 2016 election, expect to see some equally interesting guests on INNOVATE2016 - including leading Presidential candidates from both parties.

Speaking of technology's potential to improve our lives, I participated in a very entertaining conversation about big data last week in Berlin with MIT's Sandy Pentland. I'm not really sure who won - indeed, what was striking about the Vodaphone event was the level of agreement between us. I wish every "debate" between so-called techno-optimists and pessimists was conducted with this kind of civility and good faith.

I still have a few more trips before the end of the year. I'll be in New York City for a World Economic Forum "Future of the Internet" event on December 1st. I hope to be in Baltimore to interview Governor O'Malley at some point in December and I'll definitely be in Las Vegas for the next Republican debate on December 15. I'll also be in the UK in the week of December 7 for a Ditchley Foundation conference about the digital economy. So please let me know if you want to get together.

The paperback version of the Internet Is Not The Answer has just been published in the UK with this very generous review in the Guardian. Yes, the digital dream probably has died - but that's only the beginning of the story. The challenge now is to fix the future before this dream becomes a nightmare. This challenge will be my focus in 2016 and beyond.