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Obama in the PicFog, From the Joker to the Batman

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 5 2011

It's fascinating to look at how quickly the depiction of Barack Obama in the online collective subconscious known as PicFog has changed in the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden. PicFog aggregates the photos that ... Read More

Time to Retire Staged Presidential Photos?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 4 2011

White House photo by Chuck Kennedy Widely-seen wire photographs of President Obama appearing to deliver his Sunday night statement on the death of Osama bin Laden might well have captured re-creations of the speech, ... Read More

No Official Bin Laden Body Photos, Says Obama

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 4 2011

Obama has decided not to release any photographs of the body of Osama bin Laden, reports CBS News' Mark Knoller. The president, tweets Knoller, announced the decision during today's taping of a "60 Minutes" interview ... Read More

Nearly Six Million Views on Obama's WHCA Jokes

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 3 2011

Barack Obama is having a history-making week in yet another way. On Saturday night, President Obama delivered a humorous speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner at the same time, we now know, he was overseeing ... Read More

Obama's "Big Things" Email is an "Unforced Error"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 28 2011

As Nancy Scola noted here yesterday, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina may be an unlikely video star, whose David Plouffe-like "strategy update" to the campaign's base has been getting almost as many views as one from ... Read More

Up Goes Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate on WhiteHouse.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Woah. At just before 9am today, the Obama White House posted to WhiteHouse.gov a copy of Obama's "long form" birth certicificate, the Holy Grail amongst so-called birthers who have wondered loudly why Obama ... Read More

If Spike Lee Taking a Picture of Obama Makes iPad Photography Look Ridiculous...

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

White House photo by Pete Souza Is there any hope for this technology? (via Callie Schweitzer) Read More

Obama's Facebook "Townhall": What Exactly Was That?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 21 2011

Yesterday, you might have heard, the President of the United States sat down for a chat in Palo Alto. It was billed as a "Facebook townhall." Over the course of the afternoon, Obama fielded a handful of ... Read More

Obama is at Facebook *Right Now*

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

A reminder that here's when President Obama's Facebook "town hall" is. Read More

Election 2012: It's Not Facebook. It's the Data, Stupid.

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 20 2011

Now that President Obama, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty have all declared their intentions to run for President in 2012 and rolled out their initial campaign ... Read More

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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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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