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First POST: Concealed Carry

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, January 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: New legislation on gun ownership in New York seems set to omit the names of some gun owners; Obama's inauguration app; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Remembering Aaron Swartz

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, January 14 2013

Shock at Aaron Swartz's death ripples across the web; wrestling with changing definitions of public data and private citizenship; and a struggling project to use the Internet to grow civic engagement, all in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. BONUS: The White House rejects creating a Death Star, but will it prohibit CIA interrogators from using Jedi mind tricks? Read More

First POST: Grandma Knows How You Voted

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, January 11 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The Minnesota Democrats' grandma brigade; new ideas about how to improve voter registration; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

A New Open Data Push from the Governor in New York State

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 10 2013

In his State of the State speech Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would implement a comprehensive statewide open data portal as part of a renewed focus on transparency. Called Open New York and culled from his list of campaign promises, the initiative aims to "harness technology to show how taxpayer money is being spent, showcase the great resources of the state, and foster productive engagement with government," Cuomo promised in his prepared remarks. Read More

First POST: Lewp-de-Loop

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: A new way to access data about bills before Congress; Jack Lew's signature mystifies the press; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Duck, Duck, President

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, January 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Revisiting the president's visit to Reddit; the ongoing debate over gun-ownership data; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Taking Knocks

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, January 8 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted with a gag gift after returning to work Monday. Photo: Courtesy State Department

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: An online campaign against Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel; a new look at the 2012 presidential campaign's online ad war; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Inauguratomaton

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, January 7 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The Presidential Inauguration Committee's Ticketmaster follies and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Applying the Spin

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, December 19 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Continuing to make sense of Internet politics after the World Conference on International Telecommunications; negotiating with Obama; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. 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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