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Beyond Bill Clinton's Internet Truth Squad Idea...

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

Bill Clinton is getting attention for floating the idea that what the Internet might need is some sort of NGO dedicated to assessing its truthfulness: Well, I think it would be a legitimate thing to do. But if you wanted ... Read More

MoveOn Debuts SignOn, Its Petition Tool-Slash-Farm League

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

SignOn's petition creation tool. MoveOn formally rolls out SignOn, a D.I.Y. petition hub we previewed back in April. As far as basic functionality goes, the site works much like fellow petition site Change.org. But ... Read More

When Rwanda's Kagame Says No One Has the Right to Criticize Him...

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

He's willing to enforce it. Over on the Independent, Rob Hastings writes up this weekend's "Twitter spat" between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and former Independent deputy editor Ian Birrell. What set up the ... Read More

Toward a Digitally Literate America, Whatever That Might Mean

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

New in the federal website family: DigitalLiteracy.gov, a place for people to "share and enhance the tools necessary to learn computer and Internet skills needed in today’s global work environment." (via ... Read More

U.S.'s Noveck to Help Open British Government

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

Photo credit: Joi Ito Beth Noveck, until January the Obama administration's point person on open government, has been recruited to the British government to help in its "open-source policy making" efforts, ... Read More

Hitting Issa's Wall to Call for FCC Commish Investigation

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 13 2011

House oversight chief Darrell Issa is getting harangued on his Facebook wall over FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker's announcement that she's going to work at Comcast a few months after voting to approve the ... Read More

Gates: Sit Room Photo Fakes Gave Pause When It Came to Bin Laden Photo

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 13 2011

Defense Secretary Gates reluctance to support the release of photos of Osama Bin Laden was influenced by the altered photos of the Situation Room that were floating around the Internet, reports Politico's Josh Gerstein: ... Read More

How You Be Bin Laden and Still Email Folks

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 13 2011

The AP's Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo report: Holed up in his walled compound in northeast Pakistan with no phone or Internet capabilities, bin Laden would type a message on his computer without an Internet connection, ... Read More

The Sun Sets on Staged Presidential Photos

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 13 2011

White House photo by Chuck Kennedy Remember last week's mini-debate over whether the time had passed on the staging of presidential photos? The White House said it is ending its long-running practice of having ... Read More

NationalField: The Private Social Network That's Reinventing the Ground Game

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 13 2011

NationalField's Dupont Circle office in Washington DC; photo credit: NationalField

Our growing public interest in how technology is re-inventing modern politics threatens to obscure the fact that, in many ways, the stuff of campaigning is still the hard, often sweaty work of knocking on doors, cajoling neighbors, making phone calls, and wrangling volunteers. In 2008, the Obama campaign dabbled in using social data to upgrade political field organizing. In 2012, they're ready to see how far the practice can take them. Read More

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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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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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