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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

ChangeByUs, a New Platform For Citizen Engagement, Launches Today in Beta

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 7 2011

Change By Us NYC The City of New York today launched Change By Us NYC, its collaboration with Brooklyn-based design firm Local Projects, a platform for New Yorkers to propose projects and ideas to improve the city, then ... Read More

North Carolina Town Commission Swaps Paper for iPads

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 30 2011

The town commission of Cornelius, N.C., has gone completely paperless: each commissioner now has a town-owned iPad, with meeting agendas, maps and worksheets served up through proprietary software. The Herald Weekly of ... Read More

With 'Macon Money,' Knight Foundation Hopes a Hyperlocal Project Will Go Global

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 21 2011

After connecting hundreds of people and generating nearly $65,000 in business for local shops and restaurants in Macon, Ga., an online-offline game that uses alternative currency to spur civic engagement may be going ... Read More

An API for New York City Data, and a Chance to Suggest What to Use It For

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 21 2011

New York City will provide on-the-fly access to the datasets in its New York City Datamine by the end of the year, city Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne promised Tuesday at the Games for Change conference held in New ... Read More

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

'Engage Omaha:' a Web Platform for Citizen Input

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 13 2011

Late last month, the City of Omaha launched a web platform to collect citizen input on budget priorities for its next budget. The platform is an instance of MindMixer, built by an Omaha-based company focused on idea ... Read More

This New Media Consultant is the New Mayor, Online and Off

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 12 2011

Alex Torpey just started showing up: To meetings, on boards and committees around town, and at places like last year's Personal Democracy Forum, where he picked the brains of anyone he could find. On Monday, Torpey, 23, ... Read More

A Policy Debate Grows on Twitter

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 11 2011

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson argued publicly over education funding for the city in sharp-tongued, 140-character chunks today. That's right — the pair went ... Read More

Citizenship Means Creating Content, According to a New Knight Report

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 10 2010

In order to really participate in 21st-century American society, every student in the U.S. should learn multimedia skills, according to a white paper released today by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the ... Read More