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Election Roundup

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, November 8 2006

The election fallout pieces are popping up now and some of them bring encouraging news about the effect of the blogosphere and technology on the midterms. Here's a running list of important pieces and sites that suggest ... Read More

State Laws on Polling Place Photography

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, November 7 2006

This year voters and activists have been intensely interested in videotaping and photographing polling places to ensure fairness and expose violations, but the legality of these actions has been unclear. Thankfully, the ... Read More

Video Voter and The Hot Seat 2006: Learn About Your Candidates, Quickly

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, November 3 2006

If you live and California or New York and still need help deciding who to vote for next Tuesday, two web sites have come to the rescue. For New York, The Hot Seat 2006 is a Flash-based site that showcases audio clips ... Read More

Update on Campaigning with Facebook

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 31 2006

Christine Williams and Jeff Gulatir, the two political scientists at Bentley College who have been studying Facebook as a campaign tool, have released an update to their study just in time for the mid-terms. Since the ... Read More

The Blogs of War

BY Joshua Levy | Sunday, October 29 2006

Social networking, and blogging in particular, has had a profound impact on how members of the military articulate their experiences, and they've developed large, influential social networks that function as support ... Read More

The Rise of the Bloggyists

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, October 26 2006

Most of us know that "early adopters" experiment with new technologies before they reach the mass market, and this stable of enthusiastic techno-geeks can be relied upon to forecast future hits. Today Gary J. Andres ... Read More

Google Earth Maps the Election

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, October 23 2006

A very cool feature has popped up on Google Earth that overlays all 436 congressional districts over a map of the United States and highlights the races occurring in each of those districts. Each race is represented by ... Read More

Predict06: Testing the Wisdom of Crowds

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, October 19 2006

In his book The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki looks at the ability of large, disconnected groups to make accurate decisions and predictions. Group intelligence may be good at telling how many jelly beans are in a ... Read More

Call for Change Gets the Calls Out

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, October 19 2006

Dailykos posted yesterday about Moveon's new GOTV effort Call for Change. As Eli Pariser describes it, the goal of the campaign is to allow people to log onto www.callforchange.org from their home computers and then ... Read More

Facebook as a Campaign Tool

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, October 18 2006

Two political science professors at Bentley College, a business college in Waltham, Massachusetts, have examined Facebook as a campaign tool and come up with fascinating results. Christine Williams and Jeff Gulati ... 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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