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First POST: Bubbling

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 29 2015

Social media is for news (in case you didn't already know); glimpses into our bright, shiny future; also, Bernie Sanders expected to announce his run soon; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Rising

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 28 2015

Why #FreddieGray hasn't trended nationally on Twitter, yet; American whistleblowers support the Surveillance State Repeal Act; dueling foundations on transparency; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Cloudy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, December 12 2014

What the Internet is not; new analysis of public opinion on net neutrality; how cloud backup apparently foiled a police coverup; and much, much more. Read More

"A Whole Lot of Things All at the Same Time:" A Q&A with Baltimore CIO Chris Tonjes

BY Sam Roudman | Thursday, February 14 2013

Baltimore at night. Photo: ebmorse / Flickr

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Baltimore has a thriving tech community and a top-level leadership that has made moves over the years towards embracing a bigger role for technology in civic life. But the city has also dealt with its share of challenges, like internal discord in City Hall, a leadership switch after Baltimore's previous chief information officer left under a cloud of scandal, and a small budget in a city now synonymous — thanks to "The Wire" — with crime and political infighting. Baltimore's new CIO, Chris Tonjes, took office last July. He spoke with TechPresident's Sam Roudman about where the city stands on civic technology and where he wants to go from here. Read More

ICYMI: Baltimore's New CTO Starts Work Next Week

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 17 2012

Baltimore's new CTO Chris Tonjes has a lot of work ahead of him to repair the relationships with the open government community in the wake of former CTO Rico Singleton's resignation. Read More

San Francisco's Plan: Open Government, Open Data, Open Doors to New Business and Better Services

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, January 24 2012

In San Francisco, city officials have pulled together a core nexus of driven leaders, civic hackers, and big-name investors in the hopes that greater access to the city's inner workings can spur more web 2.0-style startups that solve problems government has, or maybe that citizens have because of government. Is this enough to make local government work better? Read More

The City of Baltimore is Looking for a Chief Digital Officer

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 26 2011

Taking a page from New York City's playbook, Baltimore is looking to hire a chief digital officer. Unlike New York, where their Rachel Sterne is part of the Office of Media and Entertainment, the Baltimore CDO would ... Read More

Open Data Portal Launches in Baltimore

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 26 2011

The City of Baltimore has, as long anticipated, started opening up its data through an open data portal, the city announced today. The city is releasing its data using Socrata, a service that offers tools to store, ... Read More

A Smarter Baltimore, Defined

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 19 2011

Photo: Iracaz / WikimediaThe city of Baltimore should expand its use of social media and allow various agencies' databases to better communicate with one another, according to a report prepared for the city by IBM and ... Read More