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A Good Story Well Told Is a Powerful Thing: Cities and Social Media Edition

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 20 2011

Late last month, some folks in Grand Rapids, Mich. — a city of less than 1 million people — used a well-made viral video to completely change the way the world views their city. Theirs was just one of many ... Read More

How to Unsuck Canada's Internet, and Other Tales from Up North at MESH

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 27 2011

A view of the CN Tower and the Toronto skyline, as you fly into the city. Photo by Micah L. Read More

Some Advice for Canada's New MPs: Question Authority. Starting with Your OS.

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 25 2011

As a fresh new class of members entered Canada's parliament a few weeks back, open government advocate David Eaves offered some guidance: [T]he real first test will come when you set up your office. The test will happen ... Read More

A Door to Canadian Open Government Slams Shut

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 6 2011

The CBC reports that the Canadian federal government has closed down a database of freedom of information requests that watchdogs had been using in transparency work and in research. Called the Coordination of Access to ... Read More

"Tweet the Results" Aims to Challenge Canadian Election Law Through Massive Non-Compliance

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 2 2011

TweetTheResults.ca The National Post's Sarah Boesveld interviews Alexandra Samuel and  Darren Barefoot, two Vancouverites who have put together Tweet the Results. The project is a challenge to Canadian election law ... Read More

Canadians Contemplate an Election "Tweet-In"

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 21 2011

Canadians are conspiring to flout a national election law that prohibits them from tweeting, posting, or otherwise spreading word about any election results until polls have closed coast to coast, reports CBC News: ... Read More

No Tweeting Election Results in Canada

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 19 2011

A thought experiment: Imagine living in a country where the government made it a crime to report on election results, where the state actually imposed a nationwide media blackout to prevent people at one end of the ... Read More

Open Data, Canadian Style (Not That There's Anything Wrong With That)

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 17 2011

Inspired, no doubt, by East Timor, Canada today unveils its new data portal, Data.gc.ca. Canadian open data guy David Eaves runs down what works and what doesn't. First among the latter? The fact that the license on the ... Read More

An App for When You 'Can't Wait'

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 8 2010

A Canadian nonprofit has released a mobile app for people with medical conditions that might make them need to run to the bathroom in a hurry. The aptly named "Can't Wait" app might seem to be a prime target for potty ... Read More