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And the Apps Keep Rolling In: Democratic National Convention Latest to Go Mobile

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Tuesday, August 7 2012

This Tuesday, the Democratic National Convention became the latest of the 2012 election vehicles to go mobile, jumping on the bandwagon with the Romney campaign’s “Mitt’s VP” app and the Obama campaign’s “Obama 2012” app. The “DNC 2012” app is Apple iOS and Android-compatible and available as of this morning. Read More

Beijing Flood Mapping By Volunteers Beats Official Govt Site By a Day

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Tuesday, July 31 2012

Volunteer-built map of Beijing flooding

Beijing’s Internet users banded together last week to solve a time-sensitive problem—mapping the hardest hit areas of the city in the wake of major flooding and warning other residents to steer clear of hard-hit areas, faster and better than an official government website, China Daily reports. Read More

India’s Fourth Largest State Gives Transparency Priority with New Website Launch

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Monday, July 30 2012

Last Saturday Andhra Pradesh, an Indian state more populated than Germany, launched a new state legislature website designed to make information more accessible to the public and improve communication between legislators and their constituents. Read More

In the Wake of Krymsk Floods, Social Media Powers Russian Relief Efforts

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Wednesday, July 18 2012

Many Russians, like civic activists in other parts of the world, are learning that being networked enables all kinds of new, bottom-up efforts. And, interestingly enough, the stories coming out of Russia now around the floods are strikingly reminiscent of other grassroots, network-based relief projects that we’ve seen take place after the Katrina hurricane, the Haiti earthquake, and the Joplin tornado last year. Read More