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In Latest Foray Online, President Obama Will Take Questions From Twitter [UPDATED]

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 30 2011

Source: askobama.twitter.com On July 6, the President of the United States will answer questions about jobs and the economy selected from those submitted via a Twitter hashtag, the White House announced on Twitter. On a ... Read More

USA.Gov Wants You to Hack On What You Click

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 30 2011

Federal officials announced yesterday that they'll be hosting a hackathon on July 29 around using the data produced by the federal URL shortening service, 1.usa.gov. All the data produced by clicks on links from ... Read More

White Boards and Goolsbee vs. Obama and Babies

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

The White House, too, sweats pageviews, Macon Phillips revealed yesterday. At a Brookings event event on Tuesday, Phillips, the White House new media director, fielded a question about engaging more than 10 percent of ... Read More

On the Importance of Bridging the 'Data Divide'

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

Writing in Wired, Jesse Lichtenstein observes the proliferation of open data initiatives around the world is not all rainbows and unicorns: Take the case of the Bhoomi Project, an ambitious effort by the southern Indian ... Read More

Biz Stone Talks About Twitter and the State Department

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

Writing for The Atlantic from the Aspen Ideas Festival, Alexis Madrigal has a gem from Biz Stone, the Twitter co-founder, in which Stone expresses unease at how "cozy" the State Department is with Twitter. "... I ... Read More

Teen Texts May Be Preserving Endangered Languages

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

McClatchy Newspapers' Tim Johnson writes that teenagers using regional languages in text messages may keep them from "forsaking their native tongues for dominant languages:" Linguist Samuel Herrera said he was elated to ... Read More

Egyptian Economic Development Exec Says Internet Shutdown Was One-Time Thing

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

The chief executive officer of Egypt's Information Technology Industry Development Agency, Yasser Elkady, promises that the whole Internet blackout thing "will never happen again," Computerworld reports: Elkady says the ... Read More

A Twitter Debate for Republicans Seeking Their Presidential Nomination: How Does That Work?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Organizing a Twitter debate for Republican candidates is harder than it might seem. The technology the easy part — it's the rules that are difficult to write. On July 20, the Tea Party group TheTeaParty.net will ... Read More

Pope Benedict XVI, Twitter User

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has composed and sent his first-ever papal tweet, the Associated Press reports: Benedict's tweet on Tuesday read: "Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers ... Read More

Chicago CTO Says Senior Municipal Staff are Changing the Way Cities Work

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Chicago at night. Photo: Rhys Asplundh / Flickr Mayors across the United States are tasking senior staffers with changing the way their cities work, Chicago Chief Technology Officer John Tolva said during an interview ... 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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