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Allons Enfants De La Patrie!

BY Halley Suitt | Friday, April 29 2005

It was interesting being in the French Senat for the Les Blogs conference this past Monday. The French seem to know politics and technology go together. At the speaker's dinner the evening before, I have to admit I got a ... Read More

Mobile Phoners And Texters Favor Kerry 55% to 40%

BY Halley Suitt | Monday, November 1 2004

One day before the presidential elections, and I'm sure you're as sick of poll results as I am. But Andrew Sullivan's post "Young, Restless Kerry Voters" points to Zogby's effort to actually poll young cell phone users ... Read More

The Political Bloggers' Day of Reckoning

BY Halley Suitt | Friday, October 29 2004

Now think about this. Most of the highest traffic, most famous blogs are about politics. I know on Tuesday, Election Day, they will be at full throttle, but as we wind down in the next few weeks -- where will that leave ... Read More

No Comment?

BY Halley Suitt | Thursday, October 28 2004

This morning I published a post on my weblog, Halley's Comment called "12 Reasons Women Should Vote For Kerry/Edwards" with the comments field open for replies. Read More

Voters Win In A Landslide; Apathy Demolished

BY Halley Suitt | Wednesday, October 27 2004

I don't want to put TOO Pollyanna-ish a spin on it, but you have to admit, we all know a lot more about democracy, registering to vote, the electoral college and even (gasp!) the actual issues at stake in this election ... Read More

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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