James Thornton lives in Dallas, TX and is the President of Electric Speed, an Internet consulting company that helps banks set up and run effective online divisions.
He co-founded the Colorado Federal Savings Bank (Cofedbank) Internet division in 2003, where he served as the Director of Development through January 2008.
Cofedbank funded loans nationwide and was acquired in 2008. James developed the national Internet-marketing strategy for the online division and the bank's 30-plus branches and led the website development.
On February 4, 2011, he founded the Propaganda Project, an open-source initiative to build a Web service that will enable people to identify and catalog instances of propaganda techniques used in mass media. The project has two goals:
- Pull back the curtain on propaganda so that it loses its persuasive effect.
- Influence the networks to eliminate propaganda from news-related programs.
The project is assembling a team to help design and develop the Web service so please contact him if you would like to be part of it.
James graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in Management Information Systems and continued his education there for one year of post-baccalaureate studies in Computer Science.
For one of his senior projects, he convinced a professor to allow him to complete MIT Course 6.916, Software Engineering and Innovative Web Services problem sets for the ArsDigita home-study program. For many years he was involved with the OpenACS community. OpenACS is a fork of the original ArsDigita code.
He has been developing Internet applications since the dawn of the commercial Internet in 1994. He started off programming CGI scripts in Perl on Red Hat Linux and launched his first commercial site in 1996 on a Silicon Graphics O2.
Now he prefers programming in Python and is looking forward to the concurrency developments and elegant simplicty of Google's new GO programming language.
James played lacrosse and tennis in high school and briefly in college. In high school, his varsity tennis team finished 3rd in the State of Texas Division 5A Tournament. He also helped coach tennis under Bill Bos who, in 1994, was inducted into the the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
He believes the key to life is perspective. He believes reciprocity is key to social interaction. And he believes in "Tit for Tat". In the book The Evolution of Cooperation, Robert Axelrod shows how this approach promotes generosity and forgiveness while not to being exploitable, and it so simple that it can be understood by everyone.
This is his manifesto