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10Questions Update: Do You Digg Religion in Politics?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 5 2007

Over the weekend, 10Questions got Dugg, big-time. Here’s what happened... Read More

10Questions Update: Spreading the Attention Around

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 2 2007

10Questions.com had 1,300 unique visits yesterday, with about 6,000 page views. Even with that lower level of traffic, the number of votes on the site continues to grow at a healthy pace, with another 2,000 tallied ... Read More

10Questions Update: Halfway Thru Round One

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 1 2007

It's halfway through Round One and we’ve tallied more than 53,000 votes from nearly 17,000 participants, and the number of video questions on the site now stands at 142. Plus, we've tweaked the home page to hopefully ... Read More

10Questions Update: New "History" Feature Added

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 31 2007

Things calmed down a bit on 10Questions yesterday, after all the MySpace/MTV/Obama attention on Monday, with about 2400 unique visits in all. Videos keep coming in at a healthy pace, and participants added another 2000 ... Read More

10Questions Update 10/30/07

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 30 2007

Thanks to publicity surrounding Barack Obama answering the top video on 10Questions, and a continued response to email advocacy campaigns, we continued to get a lot of new visitors to the site after the weekend's surge ... Read More

10Questions, MoveOn, and the Singular Voice

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 30 2007

Yesterday Barack Obama participated in the second MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogue, appearing before multiple audiences: a live crowd at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; folks on computers watching (or trying to ... Read More

Liveblogging Obama at the MySpace/MTV presidential dialogue

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, October 29 2007

I'm liveblogging Barack Obama's appearance on the second MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogue, which begins momentarily, and in which Obama will respond to the top video on 10Questions.com. 2:32: It's over. I have no idea ... Read More

10Questions Update 10/29/07: Usage Surges!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 29 2007

Well, we've had quite a weekend, ever since we announced that the top question as of 10am today would be asked of Senator Barack Obama during this afternoon's live MySpace/MTV dialogue at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. ... Read More

10Questions Update 10/26/07

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, October 26 2007

In addition to today's news about our partnership with MySpace and MTV's Presidential Dialogue series, we can also report that the rate of additions to the 10Questions site has quickened somewhat, reaching 88 videos as ... Read More

MTV/MySpace To Ask Obama Top Question from 10Questions Monday

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 26 2007

Breaking news: The top community-voted question on 10Questions.com as of 10 AM EST on Monday, 10/29 will be asked in that day's MySpace/MTV Obama dialogue, which is taking place at 1:30 EST at Coe College in Cedar ... Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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