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Edward Tufte: Saving America from "Intellectually Impoverished" Data Design

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Edward Tufte; photo by Nancy Scola. Over in the Washington Monthly, Joshua Yaffa has a deep profile of information design legend Edward Tufte that includes a look at how he answered his country's call to service and got ... Read More

Cantor Hands YouCut to 'Tea Party' Freshman

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Then-Minority Leader Eric Cantor introduced the YouCut program last May Majority Leader Eric Cantor is handing the reins of his YouCut online project over to a trio of Republican freshman, reports Politico's Marin ... Read More

Anonymous Ego Tripping

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Time's Evan Narcisse picks up on a few signs of infighting happening in the ranks loosely-knit (if knit at all) hacker troop Anonymous: While they claim to be a leaderless collective, some people in Anonymous act like ... Read More

U.S. Enters Age of Location-Aware Mobile Emergency Alerts

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

White House photo by Pete Souza If you're a customer of one of the big four mobile carriers and live in New York City, you could soon see a public safety announcement from President Obama pop up on your mobile phone. At ... Read More

Obama '12 Has Its Digital Director

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Teddy Goff; photo source: Blue State Digital Teddy Goff will lead the digital efforts of the 2012 Obama campaign, says a campaign source, confirming chatter that has been floating around in online politics circles. ... Read More

Judge Throws Out Koch Satirical Site Case

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Ben Smith points us to the news that a federal judge has thrown out a case involving a satirical website hosted by Bluehost, a site that -- at Koch-Inc.com -- told the world for a few hours that Koch Industries was ... Read More

White House Rolls Out Obama's Immigration Speech with Hashtags and House Parties

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

White House photo by Pete Souza Where once it was Glee ... What was the deal with this week's episode of Glee? And we're not talking about Will Schuester's questionable math skills or Holly Holiday's take on Adele. ... Read More

For a Second Year, House Republicans Compete to Win the Internet

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Rep. Cathy McMorris, the House Republican Conference's vice chair, manages to blend an announcement of the kick-off of the second annual GOP New Media Challenge with some digs that the online performance of her ... Read More

Paper's Apology for Erasing Clinton from History Hinges on Flickr Licensing

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 9 2011

White House photo Image credit: Failed Messiah, via Vos Iz Neias A Brooklyn Hasidic newspaper is apologizing for photoshopping U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton out of that now-iconic Situation Room photo of the ... Read More

Iowa Politics, the Wiki

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 9 2011

The Iowa Independent launches Factbook: This Iowa-centric project began with the simple realization that a wealth of information exists about Iowa politics that is scattered throughout websites, private collections and ... 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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