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First POST: Mobilization, or Not

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 3 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Organizing for Action's gun-control woes; a new source for Bitcoin news; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Can TurboVote "Disrupt" Voter Registration? Knight Gives $1 Million to Find Out

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 2 2013

Photo: Chris Phan / Flickr

A New York-based non-profit will announce Thursday a new $1 million investment, part of a "sustainability round" its founders hope will raise the cash it needs to build a solution to America's voter registration problems. Thursday, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will announce that it is investing $1 million in TurboVote over three years. The money will go to help TurboVote develop a new line of business working with elections officials in counties across the country — and a platform to help officials manage the millions of data points they must track to make sure citizens can cast their vote. Read More

First POST: Confusing Moves

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 2 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Deciphering Republicans' data plans; understanding FWD.us; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Gen-Xers

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 1 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Understanding the likely new head of the FCC; preparing for TransparencyCamp; and wondering if the Internet is bringing younger people into local politics — this and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Regressions

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 30 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Using advanced statistical analysis to drive public policy; understanding the citizen who participates; tough times for Mark Zuckerberg's immigration lobbying effort; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Ender's Game: The Problem With "The End of History" In Technology Debates

BY Nick Judd | Monday, April 29 2013

Why do some writers insist on treating the end of the 20th century like an intellectual black hole, capturing all ideas that enter and preventing new ones from escape? A more interconnected global society, influenced by Internet communications technology, is now part of the world — but a virulent strain of bad rhetoric seems set on preventing anyone from leveling a genuine critique about what that might mean. Read More

First POST: Arguments

BY Nick Judd | Monday, April 29 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: A call for a "more nuanced debate" on technology in society; understanding what social media can do to the stock market; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Engagement

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 26 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: New information about civic life in the U.S.; new tools for citizen science; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Four Surprising Things About Civics and Politics in America

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, April 25 2013

The Pew Internet and American Life Project today released the results of a broad survey about civic life and the Internet. There are some obvious findings: People who are better educated and make more money are more likely to be politically active, for instance, and, as we've known for a while, people who find out about a political topic online can be motivated to seek out more information. But buried beneath the survey's top-line results are some surprising, and still statistically significant, results — things that tell us about the role of the Internet in politics that we did not already know. Read More

First POST: Fakery

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, April 25 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: What lies spread on Twitter and which ones are caught; a new study shows the rise of civic engagement online; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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