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TechCrunch Commits Identify Theft

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, December 23 2007

The announcement last Thursday by the TechCrunch blog that it is organizing a "Tech President" online primary and "Tech President Endorsement" is a violation of our copyright and an abuse of our name and reputation. ... Read More

TechCrunch Commits "Identify Theft" [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, December 23 2007

The announcement last Thursday by the TechCrunch blog that it is organizing a "Tech President" online primary and "Tech President Endorsement" is a violation of our copyright and an abuse of our name and reputation. ... Read More

The Non-Story of BarackOsama2008.org

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, December 20 2007

Someone is trying to play a trick on the press, to the detriment of both the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns. Read More

It's Time to Wikify Government

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 19 2007

Beth Simone Noveck has written a seminal piece on "Wiki-Government" for Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and I recommend you read the whole thing. Noveck is Professor of Law and director of the Institute for Information ... Read More

It's Time to Wikify Government

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 19 2007

Beth Simone Noveck has written a seminal piece on "Wiki-Government" for Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and I recommend you read the whole thing. Noveck is Professor of Law and director of the Institute for Information ... Read More

My Favorite Tech-Politics Books of 2007

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 18 2007

On any given day, I've got about four or five books that I'm currently reading--or trying to finish--and I can understand why some people try to take a "reading week" (or month) where they do nothing but catch up with ... Read More

My Favorite Tech-Politics Books of 2007

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 18 2007

On any given day, I've got about four or five books that I'm currently reading--or trying to finish--and I can understand why some people try to take a "reading week" (or month) where they do nothing but catch up with ... Read More

Open Govt Data Geeks Unite, and the Rise of 3-D Journalism

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, December 9 2007

I've just finished spending two days at a mini-retreat on open government data organized by Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org, hosted by Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media and funded by the Sunlight Foundation, Google and ... Read More

Open Govt Data Geeks Unite, and the Rise of 3-D Journalism

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, December 9 2007

I've just finished spending two days at a mini-retreat on open government data organized by Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org, hosted by Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media and funded by the Sunlight Foundation, Google and ... Read More

Loose Links

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 5 2007

-I love the GapMinder visualizations that Hans Rosling does. These tell you more in a few minutes about the relationship between wealth, life expectancy, family size, urbanization, public health, women's rights and ... 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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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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