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The +Newt Gingrich Google Hangout: How'd That Go?

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 13 2011

Last weekend, you may recall, Newt Gingrich had promised to host a group video chat on Google's new social networking service, Google +. Well, it happened — and the Gingrich campaign has posted the video to ... Read More

Dueling D.C. Events Happening Now: House Republicans and White House Websites

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

Two events in Washington, D.C., with big online components, are about to get started: a Facebook event with the House Republican New Media Caucus, about how members of Congress are using social media to connect with ... Read More

Russian Writer's 'Bloggers Against Garbage' Initiative Picks Up Steam

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

France 24 International News carries this item from late last week about "Bloggers Against Garbage," an initiative founded by Sergey Dolya that seeks to use the power of social networks to mobilize clean-ups in parks and ... Read More

Social Media Solves Tennessee Governor's Newsletter Kerfuffle

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

Tennessee state legislators are reacting to Gov. Bill Haslam's recent decision to slash nine out of ten recipients of a daily early-morning news roundup by distributing the news themselves, the Associated Press reports. ... Read More

Alan Grayson Vows a Return

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

Former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, who came to office in 2008 with the support of the online left and whose term was an experiment in the ability of the Internet to keep a candidate viable who does not quite toe the party ... Read More

Public Broadband May Be Coming to Harford County, Maryland

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

Harford County, Maryland, may get a low-cost community wireless network, GovtTech reports: The $8 million proposal would consolidate existing networks into a single, secure high-speed IP network providing Internet, ... Read More

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U.S., Brazil To Lead International Open Government Partnership

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

Ask the State Department and it is a return to a challenge President Barack Obama issued at the last U.N. General Assembly, encouraging other countries to embrace open government. Ask some observers, and it is a return to the American practice of democracy building, just under a different name. Either way, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota this morning announced international partnership to promote transparency, citizen participation, and accountability in participating countries. The event was streamed live on State.gov. Read More

An Apps Contest for the MTA

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 11 2011

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the entity responsible for the New York City Subway and commuter transportation in the city's metropolitan area, is hosting an apps contest for developers to build on top of the ... Read More

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Joins Twitter

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 11 2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has joined Twitter: Governor Pat Quinn today launched official Twitter and Flickr pages to provide Illinois residents with yet another way to access and communicate with state government. Governor ... Read More

Things For a 2012 Election Infrastructure: a High-Tech Tracker Operation

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 11 2011

The New York Times' Michael Shear has a look inside American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic organization following Republican candidates running in 2011 and 2012, searching for their "macaca" moments: Combined with a ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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