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First POST: Shockwave from Boston

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 16 2013

For Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The digital and analog pursuit for justice begins in the aftermath of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, including a hunt for any and all images and video that might help reconstruct the scene. Attempting to make sense of the tragedy leads this morning's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. First Post is normally for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers, but today's is available to everyone. Read More

Chaos Spills Online From Blasts at Boston Marathon

BY Nick Judd | Monday, April 15 2013

As of this writing, the most reliable reporting finds that 22 people are injured and two are dead in the wake of two blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. More can be quantified in Monday's tragedy, and in time the deluge of information might help understand how it happened. But for now, the best use of social media is to reconnect and reassure. Read More

First POST: Petitions

BY Nick Judd | Monday, April 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: A look at a Russian online petition initiative; revisiting Iceland's would-be "crowdsourced Constitution;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

TechPresident Podcast: "Open Government"

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 12 2013

Can technology improve communication between citizens and government? We've been closely watching the Knight News Challenge, a $5 million experiment that aims to find out. Micah Sifry, Nick Judd and David Eaves talk through our recent reporting on what's been tried and tested where technology and government meet. Read More

TechPresident's Best Stories Of 2013 So Far

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 12 2013

The growing gun control debate in Washington. Fears of online attackers from abroad compromising banks, government secrets, or critical infrastructure. The ongoing drone war in Pakistan. This news didn't just come from nowhere — people and politics are shaping these debates, and dozens of others, over a period of weeks and months. It's easy to get so immersed in the news of the day as to lose sight of its origins. That's partly why we've compiled our reporting on these issues and others — like the spread of efforts to make city governments more responsive using technology, or struggles for control of information on the Internet at home and abroad — in a new ebook, available in Kindle format, DRM-free EPUB, and PDF. It's $6.95, or free for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers (log in before purchasing and use the coupon code FREEBOOK13 to get the book at no cost). Read More

First POST: Legible

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 12 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Transparency in Obama's new budget proposal; hardware to measure lobbying in Washington; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Competition

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, April 11 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: An open data app contest in Illinois ends as one in New York begins; Mark Zuckerberg's immigration policy shop prepared for battle; and your Bitcoin market report in today's First POST. Read More

First POST: Promises

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, April 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: AT&T makes a surprise PR move in response to Google Fiber's Texas rollout; Micah Sifry reviews Evgeny Morozov's book; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Google Fiber In Austin: Has Real Competition Returned to Broadband Internet Service?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 9 2013

The same day Google and the City of Austin announce that Google Fiber will launch in the Texas tech mecca in mid-2014, AT&T promises to build a competing network at the same gigabit speeds. Does this mean the race is finally on for the future of broadband Internet in America? Read More

First POST: Upgrade

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Organizing for Action's key few weeks; moves in the top levels of the Democratic Party's technology scene; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. 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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