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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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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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