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Veterans Affairs and HUD Join With Jon Bon Jovi To Launch Developer Challenge To Help Homeless Vets

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 19 2012

The departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development on Monday unveiled a new federal app challenge that is designed to help homeless veterans quickly find shelter and other vital resources in a pinch. Read More

Greening the Internet with Apps for the Environment

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 11 2011

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is looking for apps for the environment. A contest on the U.S. government's Challenge.gov platform, Apps for the Environment, offers a trip to Washington, D.C. and a chance to ... Read More

Apps for Healthy Kids Winners Announced Via Unhealthy Mega-URL

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 29 2010

This is the most ridiculous URL I've ever seen. And yes, it's from a government website. Read More

More on Gov't Innovation: The Elizabeth Warren Paradox

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 10 2010

A source with extremely relevant in-government experience writes in with great points of context for this post of mine Challenge.gov from earlier today, on why innovation and government might not go hand in hand. Here's ... Read More

Challenge.gov as Excuse Killer

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 10 2010

Here's a smart re-framing of my post on what Challenge.gov says about government innovation from a federal contractor and correspondent with deep experience in the space: The government has been doing challenges for 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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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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