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The Europe roundup: The Coalition: what to expect from the new government

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, May 26 2010

UK | The Coalition: what to expect from the new government A few days ago David Cameron and Nick Clegg explained their plans for the new government, aiming at creating a radical change in the country. A whole section is ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Should we give eVoting another chance?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, May 24 2010

EU | Should we give eVoting another chance? Voting in an election is not as easy as it may seem: during the British election night many people reported they could not cast their ballots. As reported by The Guardian, "at ... Read More

The Europe roundup: The blogosphere in white coats

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, May 21 2010

Spain | The blogosphere in white coats Patients and medical walk through hospitals and surgery office, but also on the Internet. The Spanish network of medical blogs is one of the world's liveliest: patients seek ... Read More

The Europe roundup: The two sides of eParticipation in Central and Eastern Europe

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, May 19 2010

Earlier today I published a story on Andrew Stott as the new director of digital engagement in the British government. Later I recognized it was a story from 2009. I deeply apologize to PDF readers for my mistake. UK | ... Read More

The Europe roundup: From Minister Aigner to Mark Zuckerberg: the importance of privacy

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, May 17 2010

Germany | From Minister Aigner to Mark Zuckerberg: the importance of privacy German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner has written an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, expressing her concerns about ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Twitter: a new prediction system for elections?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, May 14 2010

UK | Twitter: a new prediction system for elections? During the UK electoral campaign Tweetminster conducted a Twitter-based word of mouth experiment : they tracked the most mentioned constituencies and candidates and ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Action replay: an Internet election in UK?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, May 12 2010

UK | Action replay: an Internet election in UK? UK has a new Prime Minister, David Cameron. As the new Prime Minister is working on the new government, it's time to reflect on how the web influenced this election. Well, ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Take Back Parliament (and get a fair voting system)

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, May 10 2010

UK | Take Back Parliament (and get a fair voting system) While Tory and LibDem leaders are in talks to form a government coalition, citizens raise their voice against the voting system that led to a hung parliament. ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Follow the UK election online (while waiting for official results)

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, May 7 2010

UK | Follow the UK election online (while waiting for official results) All over Europe today it's all about UK general election. Results show a victory of the Conservatives but without a majority - so, pointing to a ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Final TV debate: a Twitter analysis

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, May 5 2010

UK | Final TV debate: a Twitter analysis Linguamatics and NPCU provided an insight of viewer sentiment based on tweet analysis: Top issues for the twitterers in the third debate (Figure 3 below) were immigration, ... 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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