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First POST: Data Flow

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The White House takes a cue from the New York Times when it comes to web design; the battle over guns rages online; and more in today's news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

With Sunlight and MySociety Grants, Google.org Signals Interest in Civic Technology

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, January 16 2013

Google.org announced today that it would be providing $3.7 million in funding to the Sunlight Foundation* and mySociety for their work on technological solutions for civic innovation. Read More

White House Raises The Bar On "We the People" Petition Responses

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, January 16 2013

The White House announced last evening that it would be raising the signature threshold on We the People petitions to 100,000 from 25,000. The initial threshold when the program launched in September 2011 was 5,000, but it was quickly raised to 25,000 after immense feedback in its first week of operation. Petitions don't go public until the creator has collected 150 signatures through their own network. Read More

First POST: "We the People"

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, January 16 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The White House raises the bar for online petitioners; the battle between disclosure and privacy rages on over New York gun data; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

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

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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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