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San Francisco Announces "Innovation Fellowship"

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, April 24 2013

The San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation is seeking applicants for a new fellowship, the Mayor's Innovation Fellowship. The program is inspired by the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship program, the city announced in a blog post. In that program, launched last year, technologists worked with federal officials for a period of months on technology projects like a unified homepage for access to federal services or another project to make it easier for small businesses to compete for select government business. Read More

First POST: Truth and Consequences

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, April 24 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The new immigration lobby's next move; the consequences of a fake tweet; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Google's Eric Schmidt and WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Get One Another's Jokes

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 23 2013

Eric Schmidt. Photo: LeWeb12

As part of research for their new book, Jared Cohen and Eric Schmidt met WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2011. The full conversation, according to a transcript and recording WikiLeaks has published online, ranged from the technical details of WikiLeaks' methods for avoiding censorship in China to Assange's political theories about control of, and access to, information. Their brief conceptual stop in Rwanda — which, Assange suggested, would have gone differently had WikiLeaks been around — was one of many. Read More

First POST: Can the Machine Fix Itself?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 23 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: What the the twittering class took from its own handling of the Boston Marathon bombings; Africa, the West, and transparency; and more in today's round-up of technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: How WikiLeaks Worked

BY Nick Judd | Monday, April 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: A new transcript of an interview between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen; the latest moves in the Republican "renewal;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

In Boston, a Manhunt — Elsewhere, Peak Meta

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 19 2013

The scene on Friday was one of hysteria, desperation, and fear. Then there was what was actually happening in Boston, as authorities scoured the city and its surrounding area in search of the last living suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Law enforcement officials turned to the crowd Thursday for help identifying two suspects, now known to be Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Tamerlan, 26, is dead after an early-morning shootout with police. Dzhokar, 19, is still at large — and apparently so is any idea about what people should and shouldn't do online in the middle of an unfolding law enforcement operation. Read More

First POST: Decoding

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 19 2013

Deciphering the Boston Marathon bombing suspects' social media presences and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Open, or Not

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, April 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Not-quite-"open" behavior from Philadelphia city officials; looking online for support of an amateur blogger whose work is essential for journalism pros; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Google Fiber Planned for Third City, Signal of New Power for Cities Bargaining for Broadband

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, April 17 2013

Google has announced that Provo, Utah will become the third city in the U.S. to get Google Fiber, the search company's entry into broadband Internet and TV service. Read More

First POST: Formula Error

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, April 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Facebook's behind-the-scenes immigration lobbying; the Excel spreadsheet error that shifted economic policy; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More