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NYC Mayoral Race Shows "Shareable Graphics Are...The New Black" in Digital Campaigning

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, September 26 2013

A study released last week indicates that Bill de Blasio's messaging had the greatest resonance online leading up to the New York City mayoral primary, but much remains unknown about the broader impact of the digital campaign on the electorate. The study was a joint project between Hill & Knowlton Strategies and the Baruch College of Public Affairs' Survey Research program. Read More

New York City's Latest Open Data Release

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, September 23 2013

NYC Open Data visualization by Chris Whong.

Property record, building permit and building footprint data for New York City are now publicly accessible to developers and the wider public as part of New York City's efforts to implement the 2012 Open Data law, ... Read More

Cuomo Appoints Nicklin and Hendler as Top Advisors to New York Open Data Initiatives

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, September 20 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he was appointing three special advisors to help move the state's open data initiatives forward. Read More

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

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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

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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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