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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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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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