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Lessig Opts Out, Citing Compressed Schedule

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, February 25 2008

Stanford professor Larry Lessig just announced via a short video on his personal blog that he's reached a decision on whether or not to launch a campaign for the open seat in California's 12th congressional district. ... Read More

"In Canon" Voter-Generated Content

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 22 2008

Trolling the Internets today in an attempt to make some sense of last night's perplexing Lost episode, I came across an idea that made me think, naturally, of a new way of understanding the tremendous amount of ... Read More

Lessig Asks: Can You Build a Movement from Capitol Hill?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 20 2008

Larry Lessig is tying a possible congressional run to the question of whether or not launching a campaign and/or actually serving as a member of Congress is the best way to advance a national "grassroots" ... Read More

Why "Lessig for Congress" Might Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 15 2008

There's a playful drive afoot to draft law professor, free-culture guru, and PowerPoint maestro Larry Lessig to run in the April 8 special election for the open seat in California's 12th congressional district. Thing is, ... Read More

Kenyans Turn to Robust SMS

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 16 2008

Studying the post-election action in Kenya, I'm finding myself awed by how activists have seized upon a unique text-messaging tool to route around a government-imposed news blackout. Read More

Generic Emails from Strangers Not Exactly What People-Powered Politics is About

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, October 17 2007

Josh Levy's been doing great work covering the competition between candidates to send bulk "personal" emails that seem like the candidate him or herself is firing them off via Blackberry. But I got a note from one of the ... Read More

Blogging's Stuck in the Now (More on the Jena Six)

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, October 2 2007

At the risk of introducing what might seem superficial into a highly charged debate over the lack of blog coverage of the Jena Six, I'd highlight one factor that hasn't yet been discussed: political blogging's obsession ... Read More

Newt Gingrich Does Second Life

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 28 2007

The way things stand today, doing politics in Second Life is a lot like having sex in a car. Just when things hit a groove, something falls out of whack. Still, when all is said and done, you're glad you did it. Read More

The Huge Jena 6 Protest: Powered by Social Networks, Social Leaders, or Both?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 21 2007

Is there any chance that in the pre-Internet age several thousand people would have found themselves in Jena, a tiny speck of a town in central Louisiana, yesterday? The New York Times has estimated that a crowd of about ... Read More

A Real Tech President Would Implant a Tracking Chip in Your Kid

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, August 9 2007

Here's something else that Hillary Clinton said at Yearly Kos, something that had nothing to do with lobbyists but was a similiar peek into her governing psyche. In her morning breakout session, Clinton warmed my little ... Read More

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NYC Politicians and Advocacy Groups Say Airbnb Misrepresents Sharing Economy

A coalition of New York election officials and affordable housing groups have launched an advocacy effort targeting Airbnb called "Share Better" that includes an ad campaign, a web platform, and social media outreach. GO

First POST: Data Dumps

The Internet Slowdown's impact on the FCC; Uber drivers try to go on strike; four kinds of civic tech; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Positive Sums

How Teachout won some wealthy districts while Cuomo won some poor ones; DailyKos's explosive traffic growth; using Facebook for voter targeting; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Emergence

Evaluating the Teachout-Wu challenge; net neutrality defenders invoke an "internet slowdown"; NYC's first CTO; and much, much more. GO

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De Blasio Names Minerva Tantoco First New York City CTO

Mayor Bill de Blasio named Minerva Tantoco as first New York City CTO Tuesday night in an announcement that was greeted with applause and cheers at the September meeting of the New York Tech Meet-Up. In his remarks, De Blasio said her task would be to develop a coordinated strategy for technology and innovation as it affects the city as a whole and the role of technology in all aspects of civic life from the economy and schools to civic participation, leading to a "redemocratization of society." He called Tantoco the perfect fit for the position as a somebody who is "great with technology, has a lot of experience, abiltiy and energy and ability to create from scratch and is a true New Yorker." GO

First POST: Fusion Politics

The Teachout-Wu Cuomo-Hochul race as it comes to a close; more criticism for Reddit as it prepares a major new round of funding; First Lady Michelle Obama as an Upworthy curator; and much, much more. GO

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In Czech Republic, NGOs Launch Anti-Corruption Campaign

“We have a plan to end corruption. And we need your help to make it happen” This is the message launched by Czech NGOs to citizens in an effort to rebuild trust and credibility towards the institutions, a even more urging need, after a huge corruption scandal disrupted the political scene a little more than a year ago. The NGOs agenda is made of 9 laws and is the core of a project called Rekonstrukce Státu (Reconstruction of State), a joint effort of more than 20 civil society organizations. GO

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