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First POST: Agility

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 25 2013

How two Democratic tech gurus would fix HealthCare.gov; how the NSA scandal is threatening US-Europe relations; how a Syrian Kurd living in exile built a mobile tool that alerts subscribers in Syria when a government-fired Scud missile is headed their way; and much, much more. Read More

Avaaz vs. Murdoch

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

The Guardian's Ed Pilkington profiles "Internet campaigner" Avaaz's on-going "Stop Rupert Murdoch" campaign in the UK. The campaign is centered around a letter to British leaders: "At this time ... Read More

Avaaz's Co-Founders Seek a Purpose-Driven Consumer Life

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 24 2010

Two of the minds behind the global advocacy platform Avaaz.org and Australia's social action network GetUp! are taking what they learned in the non-profit online organizing space and applying it to the world of ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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