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How Hill Staffers Deal with Bosses Who Tweet

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 1 2011

A report from Politico's Scott Wong on the Twitter nervousness sweeping Capitol Hill in the wake of the, well, Weiner underwear situation, contains this gem: To stay just a few seconds ahead, staffers have set up email ... Read More

It's About That Time

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 1 2011

A few years back, as a Washington DC transplant eager to make the move from a life working in politics to the writing life, I met Micah Sifry and, shortly after that, Andrew Rasiej. They took me into this exciting ... Read More

The United States of Twitter, 2011

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 1 2011

New from Pew on the rate of Twitter adoption in the U.S.: 13% of online adults use the status update service Twitter, which represents a significant increase from the 8% of online adults who identified themselves as ... Read More

Gruesome Video of Alleged Syrian Torture Victim Back Up on YouTube

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 1 2011

A graphic video showing the body of a 13 year-old Syrian boy allegedly tortured and killed by the Assad government was pulled down from YouTube for a short time, reports the Nation's Ari Melber, but has since been ... Read More

Weiner Wants to Move on from Twitter "Hack"

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 1 2011

Ben Smith digs into the rather odd Anthony Weiner Twitter situation: After a long weekend’s fuss over a photograph of a man’s crotch, sent over his Twitter account, Weiner appears to have decided not to pursue an ... Read More

Zittrain Appointed FCC Distinguished Scholar

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

Jonathan Zittrain, a leading academic voice on the future of the Internet, has been named the Federal Communication Commission's "Distinguished Scholar." Zittrain will serve in the agency's Office of Strategic ... Read More

An iPad or 50 Amid a Sea of BlackBerrys

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

iPads, iPhones, and other non-Blackberry personal tech devices are gaining traction in official Washington, reports the Washington Post's Michael S. Rosenwald -- though your call on whether the fact that 50 iPads or ... Read More

Mitt Romney Wants to Be President of This Great County

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

An unfortunate typo found its way into copies of the email just sent out by Mitt Romney's campaign letting it be known that, this Thursday, the former Massachusetts governor will formally announce his presidential ... Read More

The Official Herman Cain Music Video

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

Also engaging on the video front is Republican candidate Herman Cain, who's out with a spirited, homegrown video that ends with Cain supporters repeating the campaign slogan "Raising some Cain," as in both ... Read More

Pentagon Report: Digital Attacks Can Mean War

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

A new Pentagon cyber strategy document will establish that digital sabotage can rise to the level of an "act of war," report the Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Gorman and Julian E. Barnes. From the Defense ... 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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