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First POST: False Alarms

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, March 28 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Let's all not freak out about things that aren't really going to break the Internet; let's all wonder who's going to be the next chair of the Federal Communications Commission; let's all read today's round-up of news about technology in politics, from around the web. Read More

First POST: Start from Scratch

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, March 27 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Predicting political tech in 2016; decoding the gun control debate; how to help Congress smarten up; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Fresh Questions

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, March 26 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Starting to look through Knight News Challenge applications; getting serious about the study of open government; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The Future FCC

BY Nick Judd | Monday, March 25 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Julius Genachowski's legacy as chairman of the FCC; a new political push from Facebook; municipal government's new quantitative focus; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Creatives

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Julius Genachowski's departure; debating the consequences of the "creative class;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Infrastructure

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, March 21 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: New disclosures on law enforcement's interest in Microsoft customers; the project of municipal Wifi returns to San Jose, Calif.; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Sensors

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, March 20 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Sensor journalism, online privacy reform, copyright policy and open government in Congress in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

What's Innovative, and What Isn't, in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace

BY Nick Judd and Bailey McCann | Tuesday, March 19 2013

The new federal health care marketplace elevates government IT — but only so far. Credit

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The federal Department of Health and Human Services is giving an open-source face to the complex new world of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Under that open-source face, though, will be complex systems procured and built just like many other government technology projects: Through multi-million-dollar firms that are part of huge companies and, in one case, a vendor owned by the same parent company as a major health care provider — a situation that presents the appearance of a conflict of interest. Read More

First POST: Jack for Mayor?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, March 19 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus: Is Twitter's Jack Dorsey going to run for mayor of New York City? This and other questions explored in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Reince Priebus' Plan

BY Nick Judd | Monday, March 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus' plans related to party diversity and digital upgrades; strange bedfellows on digital privacy; 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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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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