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Vivek Kundra is Leaving the White House [Updated]

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 16 2011

Vivek Kundra speaking at Personal Democracy Forum 2011 on June 7. Photo: Esty Stein / PdF White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra will leave the White House in August, Politico's Kim Hart reports. The details ... Read More

Obama Campaign Now Recruiting 'Analysts and Data Geniuses,' Among Others

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign recently sent an email to selected people on its lists, seeking paid staffers to bolster its new media and web development operations. From the email, signed by Obama's chief ... Read More

Saxby Chambliss, On Your iPhone

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) today released a mobile app compatible with iPhones and other Apple devices. A press release from Chambliss' office claims this is the first official application offered by a U.S. Senator. ... Read More

For Facebook, A White House Press Secretary -- But Not A @PressSec

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

Joe Lockhart (center) at Tulane University in November 2009. Photo: Tulane University / Flickr The Atlantic reports that Joe Lockhart, who was White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton's second term, will ... Read More

The Time Sarah Palin's Sudden Celebrity Crashed Alaska's Website

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

Flash back to 2008, when John McCain named Sarah Palin his vice presidential nominee. She was a relative unknown in national politics, and the sudden deluge of interest about her focused especially in one place — ... Read More

Is the Country You're In Safe For Your iPhone? Find Out ... On Your iPhone

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

From Bloomberg News: The State Department released a phone application for Apple Inc. (AAPL) devices today that gives globe- trotters access to travel alerts, maps, U.S. embassy locations and other details about ... Read More

'Twitter Hacking' Goes Local

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

William G. Batchelder, Republican speaker of the Ohio House. Source: Ohio House of Representatives The Columbus Dispatch reports that William Batchelder, the Republican speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, had ... Read More

Happening Now: #140conf

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

At the 92nd Street Y here in New York City, 140 Characters Conference is getting into gear. A conference about the real-time web's impact on business and society, this year it will feature a few names that might be ... Read More

House Bill Would Subsidize Broadband Access for Low-Income Americans

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 14 2011

Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Ca.) today introduced legislation that would subsidize broadband Internet access for low-income Americans by having service providers discount their monthly bills. The legislation, the Broadband ... Read More

Questions John King Didn't Ask Buddy Roemer at the CNN Republican Primary Debate But Roemer Answered Anyway

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 14 2011

Just because someone who may be seeking the Republican presidential nomination doesn't get invited to the big, fancy CNN debate doesn't mean he can't participate. Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer followed along with ... 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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