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The State of Digital Political Satire

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

Politico's Byron Tau reports on how online shenanigans -- like snatching up ExploreNewt2012.com, and pointing it to, say, Buddy Roemer's exploratory site, or that fake Jane Corwin campaign site -- are shaping up for ... Read More

Secret Service Questions WA Boy about Obama Facebook Post

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The U.S. Secret Service questioned a 13-year old Tacoma boy after he posted on Facebook a note that referenced Osama Bin Laden's death, Barack Obama, and suicide bombers. The boy's mom is upset that law enforcement ... Read More

"YouTube Town Hall" Launches for Congressional Clips

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The company's new head-to-head video platform officially rolls out this morning, via Morning Tech: YouTube Town Hall is an online platform for members of Congress to debate and discuss the most important issues of the ... Read More

"We Will Use the Technology that Kaczynski Railed Against"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 17 2011

The U.S. Marshal Service has posted a Flickr photo set showing some of the Unabomber's effects that will be auctioned online this week; slidshow created with Flickr Slideshow by Softsea. Starting tomorrow, the U.S. ... Read More

The Petering Out of Apps Contests

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 17 2011

Looking at civic apps that haven't gone much of anywhere, Government Technology's Andy Opsahl asks what the future holds for "Apps for X" contests that were, until recently, all the rage. He interviews some of ... Read More

A Fiery Twitter Debate About Race, Obama, Bin Laden, Gingrich, and Salon. Umm, Right?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 17 2011

Reading Kevin Drum, one learns that Salon's Glenn Greenwald all worked up about the supposed "about 30 obsessive, truly unstable Obama cultists who sit on Twitter all day, literally, smearing with vile, rancid ... Read More

On Twitter, We're All Don Rumsfeld. And Vice Versa.

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 17 2011

James Fallows considers the career path that led Donald Rumsfeld from member of Congress to White House chief of staff to Secretary of Defense -- twice --to now being the guy who tweets out updates on how many people ... Read More

Washington Times Not Pleased President is on the Phone

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

The paper's editorial board makes the argument you knew was coming: the new mobile presidential push-notification alert system represents "Obama's 300 million new Twitter followers." Read More

Data.gov, Now More Social

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

O'Reilly's Alex Howard points us to the news that there's a "next generation" Data.gov on the way, one designed to make it easier for people to stumble upon and explore data. Socrata, the social data platform ... 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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