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The Europe roundup: Feel like buying a smart city?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, February 23 2011

Feel like buying a smart city? What does exactly mean "smartness" when it comes to cities? Gartner VP Andrea Di Maio tries to dig in: Vendors do associate almost exclusively “smartness” to the interoperability of ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Spaghetti Open Data: what's cooking

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, February 21 2011

Italy | Spaghetti Open Data: what's cooking Spaghetti Open Data is a repository of Italian open data created by a group of Italian bloggers and civil servants that decided to donate their time and expertise to the ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Tell the government what you want from the Public Data Corporation

BY Antonella Napolitano | Sunday, February 20 2011

UK | Tell the government what you want from the Public Data Corporation The Public Data Corporation will work with various government agencies and will pull together data, freeing it up for the public. The UK government ... Read More

The Europe roundup: What kind of week has it been - Egypt edition

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, February 14 2011

In today's roundup we are featuring a contribute by Polish journalist Michal Kolanko, who reports on a debate on a EU law and its application in Poland. If you want to contribute to the Europe roundup, just write us. ... Read More

The Europe roundup: A digital agenda for Italy

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, February 11 2011

Italy | A digital agenda for Italy In a pretty confused period of Italian politics, a group of innovators pushes the government to adopt a digital agenda: in ten days the petition has been signed by more than 12.000 ... Read More

The Europe roundup: '7 billion voices'

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, February 9 2011

EU | '7 billion voices' Yesterday at the occasion of 'Safer Internet Day' Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake launched the campaign '7 billion voices'. The campaign's objective is to raise awareness for the ... Read More

The Europe roundup: A mini-app to put energy in context

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, February 7 2011

EU | A mini-app to put energy in context The Open Knowledge Foundation has recently developed an app focused on energy, part of a project called Europe's Energy, a first step aiming to put energy consumption in context. ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Blog: A faux pas for spokespeople?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Sunday, February 6 2011

EU/Hungary | Blogging: A faux pas for spokespeople? This is the question raised by Gergely Polner and Hajdú Márton, the two spokespersons of the Hungary as EU Council State President in their newly-born blog called ... Read More

The Europe roundup: The EU Council Presidency 2.0

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, February 2 2011

Hungary/EU | The EU Council Presidency 2.0 Since the beginning of 2011, a new media law come into force in Hungary was a debated topic in the EU (we covered the topic several times, too). Last week some Bloggingportal ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Open Leaks is online!

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, January 31 2011

Open Leaks is online! Are leaks the new black? That's what we asked a while ago, noticing the flourishing of Wikileaks-alike initiatives all over the world. But, of course, we could not miss this. fter a leak (well, not ... 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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