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Knight Awards Funds to Community-Focused Open Government Projects

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, September 18 2013

For the first time, the Knight Foundation is giving special priority to projects focusing on open government by awarding funds to ten local information projects as part of the Knight Community Information Challenge. Read More

For NYC Candidates and Independent Groups, Online Advertising is Part of the Mix

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, September 17 2013

While the bulk of the money spent by candidates in last week's New York City primary battles went to old-fashioned TV ads, the campaigns also used a variety of online advertising strategies. Digging into the campaign expenditure reports, Miranda Neubauer reports on who did what. Read More

As De Blasio Surges, Many in Tech Sector Back Quinn

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, September 9 2013

Quinn visiting Songza headquarters in Long Island City in June (Quinn/Facebook)

NYC Public Advocate Bill De Blasio currently has the momentum in the New York City mayoral race. He is leading in the polls, close to the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off. But even as De Blasio surges, many in New York City's technology sector, who feel they have benefitted under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, continue to back his rival Christine Quinn, the City Council Speaker, who is fighting to reach the second place in a possible run-off. Read More

NYC Mayoral Candidates Promise Disruption, SimCity and Hackathons at Gracie Mansion

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, August 30 2013

De Blasio meeting with Parent bloggers in March (De Blasio/Facebook)

Frontrunning Democratic mayoral contender Bill De Blasio likened his ideas to the "disruptive" nature of technology in a recent interview with the New York Tech Meetup*, emphasizing the importance of transparency, grassroots organizing and engagement in the democratic process, invoking the examples of Barack Obama and Howard Dean. Dean endorsed De Blasio this week. In late August, De Blasio, Republican Candidate Joe Lhota and Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrioncontinued a series of video discussion sessions with the mayoral candidates that were organized by the Tech Meetup and hosted by ThoughtWorks. Read More

WeGov

A "Merkel-App" for German Voters

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 29 2013

Screenshot of the Merkel-App

The German Conservative CDU party has launched a mobile "Merkel-App" a little less than a month before the German election on September 22 and a few days before the race's only televised debate on September 1. Read More

Facebook's First Government Requests Report: Over 25,000 Inquiries in Six Months

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, August 27 2013

On Tuesday, Facebook joined Google and Twitter in releasing its first Global Government Requests Report, providing an overview of the information requests it had received about Facebook users and to what it extent it fulfilled those requests. Worldwide, 71 countries made over 25,600 requests about more than 38,000 users. Read More

Quinn Proposes All-Girls STEM Schools to Close Gender Gap in Education

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, August 26 2013

West Point - The U.S. Military Academy/flickr

New York City Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn, announced yesterday her plan for tackling the city's gender gap in math, science and tech education: establish an all-girls Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) middle school in each of the city's five boroughs. Read More

WeGov

Young and Naive YouTube Questions for German Politicians

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 22 2013

German Chancellor-Candidate Peer Steinbrück with Tilo Jung (Jung und Naiv/Facebook)

In the U.S., when politicians want to reach out to younger audiences, they often appear on the Daily Show or the Colbert Report. In the ongoing German campaign season leading up to the September 22 national election, politicians this year have been able to take advantage of a new outlet, inspired by those U.S. examples, to connect with a younger demographic. Since February, freelance German journalist Tilo Jung has gained attention with his YouTube series Jung & Naiv, a play on his name, but a title that also encapsulates the persona he takes on for the series which has the tagline "Politics for the Disinterested." Read More

Sheryl Sandberg Endorses Christine Quinn for New York City Mayor

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, August 16 2013

Quinn on an LIC Tech Tour in June with Jukay Hsu and CM Jimmy van Bramer (Coalition for Queens/Facebook)

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is endorsing Christine Quinn for mayor of New York City, the Quinn campaign announced today, as the current City Council Speaker outlined her plans to promote the growth of the city's technology sector with investments in Long Island City, Queens. Read More

NYC Mayoral Candidates Outline Post-Bloomberg Tech Agendas

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 15 2013

Screenshot of WABC debate

Four leading candidates for New York City, who already are using technology to reach out to voters, recently outlined their technology policy priorities in interview sessions hosted by the New York Tech Meetup* at ThoughtWorks headquarters in late July, emphasizing the importance of education, accessibility, transparency, infrastructure, partnerships with the technology community and affordability. The videos of these sessions were posted late Monday; Meetup executive director Jessica Lawrence said that the interviews are continuing and more videos will be posted soon. Read More

News Briefs

RSS Feed thursday >

First POST: Creeping

Senator Al Franken's tough questions for Uber's CEO; how the NSA could make its phone metadata program permanent; global privacy groups launch a personal spyware catcher called Detekt; and much, much more. GO

Recreation.gov and other Govt Projects Move Toward Embracing New Digital Approach

A draft request for proposals for the revamping of Recreation.gov will include a requirement that reservation availability data be publicly accessible and that all proposals detail how they will enable third-party sales, as two members of the United States Digital Services have joined the government team overseeing the RFP, meeting some key demands of civic technologists and consumer oriented technology companies. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Ubermenschens

Surge-pricing in effect for Uber privacy violations; why "privacy" policies should be called "data usage" policies; pols silent on Uber mess; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Uber Falles

Uber exposed for plan to dig up dirt on journalist critics; sneaking a SOPA provision into the USA Freedom Act; high-speed free WiFi coming to NYC; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Differences

How to use Twitter to circumvent campaign coordination rules; the net neutrality debate keeps getting hotter; charting the gender balance at dataviz conference using dataviz; and much, much more. GO

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