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Announcing Civic Hall

BY Andrew Rasiej and Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 7 2014

Here at Personal Democracy Media, we have some big news. We're launching a major new project called Civic Hall. It's a vibrant, collaborative community center and event space in the Flatiron District of Manhattan where civic tech innovators from diverse backgrounds can work, network, learn and organize together to tackle and solve civic problems at scale. With the generous support of our founding sponsors Microsoft, the Omidyar Network and Google, and founding partners like New America, The New York Tech Meetup and others, we are excited to tell you that we're on our way! Read More

First POST: Downplaying

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 6 2014

Debating what happened to the Democrats' vaunted tech-powered turnout machine in 2014; how Healthcare.gov hurt Democratic incumbents; understanding the participatory engine that is Wikipedia; and much, much more. Read More

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After Sunflower Movement, Taiwan's g0v Uses Open Source to Open the Government

BY Sonia Roubini and Jason R. Tashea | Wednesday, November 5 2014

g0v took the lead in organizing Taiwan's Sunflower movement (speedbug/flickr)

This past March, the online community g0v helped organize hundreds of protestors to storm Taiwan’s parliament, the Legislative Yuan, in opposition to a pending trade deal with China. Now g0v wants to make the government more transparent and accessible. By doing so, it hopes to help citizens understand both how government works and how to make it better. Read More

First POST: Voters Speak

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 5 2014

Inside the GOP's big listening machine; how the midterm vote played out on Facebook and Twitter; how tech isn't (and is) addressing inequality; and much, much more. Read More

How Progressive Groups Used Facebook to Check 2014 Voting Behavior

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, November 4 2014

(via Jeff Lennan)

Facebook ran its "voter megaphone" initiative in the United States Tuesday, letting users indicate whether they are voting and see similar messages from their friends, as our Micah Sifry has been covering in detail. But what about the possibility of actually being able to verify that your Facebook friends have voted? That is the functionality made possible through a tool in use over the past week ins Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Built by developer Josh Cohen, it lets users check whether their Facebook friends in those states participated in early voting based on ballot data and send them a Facebook message. Read More

First POST: Big Bad Data

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 4 2014

Why big data is bad for political reporting and campaigns; tracking Facebook's voter megaphone; a progress report on the Loomio group decision-making platform; and much, much more. Read More

Help Us #FactcheckFacebook's Election Efforts Today

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 4 2014

Master OSM 2011/flickr

Today is Election Day in the United States, and along with the many efforts by campaigns and advocacy groups to get out their voters, Facebook is taking a big step to push people to the polls. As I reported last week for Mother Jones, for the first time in six years, Facebook says it is rolling out its "voter megaphone"--a banner across the top of each user's page like the one shown above--to all of its users above the age of 18 in the United States. That's somewhere upwards of 150 million people, if all goes according to plan. Will it work? And will the company do it in a neutral manner? We're asking readers to help answer those questions. Read More

Recreation.gov a Test Case for Government Tech

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, November 3 2014

A request for proposals under consideration for a new revamping of recreation.gov, the government's portal for outdoor trip planning, could be an opportunity to apply the innovative vision of 18F, the new digital services team within the General Services Administration, established in the spring, and of the new U.S. Digital Service within the Office of Management and Budget, civic technologists say. Read More

Pew Survey Finds Increased Social Media and Mobile Political Engagement For 2014 Midterms

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, November 3 2014

More and more American voters are using social media and their cell phones to connect with candidates and follow political news, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. Read More

First POST: Nudges

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 3 2014

How campaign tech has evolved in 2014; Joe Rospars on the Democratic party email crisis; how Facebook, ABC News and BuzzFeed are going to data-mine politics heading into 2016; and much, much more. Read More

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First POST: Responding

The aftermath of Ferguson continues to reverberate; how one Senate campaign took advantage of Facebook's micro-targeting tools; the new Congress' tech agenda; and much, much more GO

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First POST: Sad Reality

How social media changed the course of the Ferguson story; Ready for Hillary's 3-million-member email list; why Mark Cuban opposes net neutrality rules; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: All Against All

Why Uber isn't "the future" of cities; why journalists lost control of journalism; how Sean Parker is spending his political money; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Power Frames

The differences between "old power" and "new power"; Uber as a new/old power hybrid; debating Clay Shirky's feminist cred; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Creeping

Senator Al Franken's tough questions for Uber's CEO; how the NSA could make its phone metadata program permanent; global privacy groups launch a personal spyware catcher called Detekt; and much, much more. GO

Recreation.gov and other Govt Projects Move Toward Embracing New Digital Approach

A draft request for proposals for the revamping of Recreation.gov will include a requirement that reservation availability data be publicly accessible and that all proposals detail how they will enable third-party sales, as two members of the United States Digital Services have joined the government team overseeing the RFP, meeting some key demands of civic technologists and consumer oriented technology companies. GO

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