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First POST: The Matrix

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 17 2015

The NSA's spying tools; go file a complaint with the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal to see if the NSA illegally shared your communications with GCHQ before December 2014; Obama's former campaign manager David Plouffe bats for Uber; and much, much more. Read More

"Hypercivility"? Or the "War of All Against All"? Mark Pesce at Civic Hall 2/19

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, February 16 2015

"VMasks" by hawken king - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawken/239234587/sizes/z/in/photostream/. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

This Thursday, Civic Hall is welcoming digital ethnographer Mark Pesce, in town briefly from his home base in Australia, to give a talk on "Hypercivility" and I want to give some background on why I am personally so excited to hear what he has to say. In a sentence, it's this: Pesce has been consistently ahead of the curve on how mass connectivity is changing politics and civic life, and I always learn something new when I hear him speak. Read More

On Jackie Robinson West and Coming to Terms With the Use (or Misuse) of Public Data

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, February 13 2015

These are boundaries in Chicago. (urbanoasis.org)

Earlier this week a Little League baseball team was stripped of their championship title because of a whistleblower. That is what Chris Janes is: a concerned citizen who perceived an injustice and acted accordingly, trawling through public records until he had the evidence to take to the appropriate authorities. So why does his triumph make people feel so bad?

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First POST: Losses

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 13 2015

Why so many media folks are mourning David Carr's death; what to make of Jeb Bush's tech stumbles; more pushback on 'sharing economy' companies Uber, Lyft and Waze; and much, much more. Read More

[Op-Ed] Full Spectrum Open Data

BY Matt Stempeck | Thursday, February 12 2015

Transparency and open government advocates have been successful in convincing governments around the world to share some of their data with society at large. (And thanks to the Sunlight Foundation, we'll soon know which data they're not sharing, as well). But there is plenty of important civic information that isn't collected or maintained by governments. We need to supplement open government data with data from others to give nonprofits, governments, and researchers a more holistic understanding of reality.

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First POST: Foundations

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 12 2015

The big ideas from yesterday's NetGain conference; sifting internal Airbnb data for NYC; new tools for civic hackers; and much, much more. Read More

Lessons From Paris, Home to Europe's Largest Participatory Budget

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, February 12 2015

The City of Paris helps citizens assess the cost of their PB ideas (Source: City of Paris)

Last fall, Parisian voters decided how to spend 20 million euros of their city budget, the city's first participatory budgeting (PB) experience. This year there is more than triple that at stake, and the process of crafting proposals for funding has been opened to the general public. As host to Europe's largest PB experiment, Paris is leading by example. Read More

First POST: Oversharing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 11 2015

The internal combustion of the New Organizing Institute; why sexist and homophobic tweets are still not a good idea; lessons from John Ellis (Jeb) Bush on how not to do transparency; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Rules

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 10 2015

The biggest challenges at the intersection of the Internet and philanthropy; why Facebook users in the developing world might not know they're using the Internet; takeaways from the Twitter transparency report; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Impacts

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, February 9 2015

Why it's a bad idea to ban strong encryption; lessons from the rollout of Google Fiber in Kansas City; lessons from the first five years of Code for America; and much, much more. Read More