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OpenPlans to Open-Source EveryBlock with Knight Support

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 18 2010

The folks at OpenPlans, our neighbors focused on how technology can improve cities and civic life, have won a Knight News Challenge grant to develop an open-source version of EveryBlock, the news and public information ... Read More

Apps for Cash: London's Transit Officials Release Data for Commercial Use

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 18 2010

The Tube at Old Street station. (Photo: Annie Mole / flickr) Transport for London, the entity responsible for London's Tube and bus service, announced earlier this week that developers are now free to build commercial ... Read More

Blogs Are the New Back Fences--Especially for People of Color, Pew Study Shows

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 15 2010

Research released last week by the Pew Internet & American Life Project indicates that the blogosphere is bringing people of color into conversations about neighborhood issues. According to the study, people of color ... Read More

In the Bronx, Text Your Councilman

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 15 2010

After experimenting with the proprietary community issues platform SeeClickFix, New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera is launching another new tool to try — this one using Google Voice to process constituent issues ... Read More

If Your House Wore Your Utility Bill

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 14 2010

Dan Hill-Keynote: New Soft City from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo. From TheCityFix comes this video of Dan Hill's keynote at the Interaction Design Association's Interaction conference in February, as ... Read More

Maybe, This Year, All Politics is Social

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 14 2010

The Associated Press recently profiled Blue Swarm, a fundraising tool I featured in our "Who to Hire" guide's executive summary and profiled in the guide itself (PdF Network membership required). Read More

Open Gov Growing in New York?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 10 2010

There are Gov 2.0 rumblings in the Big Apple. The New York City Council Committee on Technology announced yesterday that it will hold a hearing in two weeks on a bill that would, if passed, standardize the collection, ... Read More

How the PdF Unconference Crowd 'Twitterjacked' the Public Advocate

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 9 2010

Update: Because of technical issues with our audio archive, the embed of this session has been removed. At the Personal Democracy Forum unConference on Saturday, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was ... Read More

The PdF 2010 Final Plenary

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 8 2010

The closing session of Personal Democracy Forum 2010 put five people on a stage who might not otherwise be within earshot of one another at the same time: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Huffington Post namesake Arianna ... Read More