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New York Gov. Introduces Bill for Web-Ready Health Insurance Exchange

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 14 2011

A press release from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, via the New York Daily News, announces that the governor has introduced a program bill to the state legislature that would create the Empire State's own state-run, ... Read More

Andy Carvin, 'Gay Girl in Damascus' Get CGI Treatment

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 14 2011

NPR's Andy Carvin, "Gay Girl in Damascus" hoaxster Tom MacMaster and the unmasking of fictional Syrian blogger Amina Arraf get the Taiwanimation treatment in this video from NMA.tv. That, you may remember, is the ... Read More

With Last Night's GOP Debate, the 2012 Social Media Campaign is On

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 14 2011

Writing for The Atlantic's website, techPresident now-alumna Nancy Scola picks the use — and misuse — of Facebook and Twitter at last night's GOP debates in New Hampshire, from CNN's seemingly half-hearted ... Read More

Oversight Committee Hearing Explores the Future of Transparency in Federal Spending

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 14 2011

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) at today's hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Screen capture from oversight.house.gov The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform just concluded a ... Read More

Senate Staffer Says Hackers Knocked, But Didn't Get Far

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 14 2011

Hackers gained access to files on Senate.gov over the weekend, but gained access to no sensitive information, Deputy U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Martina Bradford said in a statement emailed to reporters last night. ... Read More

Updated: Hackers Say They've Broken Into Senate.gov

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 13 2011

LulzSec, the same people who hacked PBS.org, announced today that they've hacked into Senate.gov, the website of the U.S. Senate. A spokeswoman for the Senate Sergeant at Arms, the office responsible for the senate's ... Read More

State Department Subsidizes Disruptive Tech for 'Freedom to Connect'

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 13 2011

From the in-case-you-missed-it department, the New York Times on Sunday prominently featured a dive into the world of "liberation technology" — hacked-together solutions to avoid or subvert control of ... Read More

The Political Fight Over Public Broadband Arrives in Wisconsin

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 13 2011

Ars Technica has an in-depth look at a legislative battle now in progress over the fate of a public broadband network for Wisconsin's state schools and libraries: As we go to press with this story, WiscNet is negotiating ... Read More

White House Social Media Survey Results: The State of Our Twitter is Strong

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 13 2011

Most people who follow the White House on social media are over the age of 35, the administration announced Friday, on its blog. Fifty percent of Facebook survey respondents were over the age of 50, while on Twitter, ... 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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