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First POST: Clips

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, December 14 2011

In today's First POST, our roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web: Time on the "C-SPAN Campaign," concern from the U.N. that someone might spoof their identity online, live-tweeting now allowed in U.K. courts, much more. Read More

First POST: Strength

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, December 8 2011

Campaign ads aimed at Iowa are getting a response across the country, especially when it comes to the topic of gay rights. A new campaign ad by Rick Perry, in which he emphasizes his Christian faith and opposition to ... Read More

First POST: Ballots

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, December 6 2011

Coming back to this later: First election monitors who crowdsourced reports of voting irregularities are repudiated by Russian authorities, then protesters take to the streets in the wake of elections in Russia. ... Read More

First POST: Blades

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 5 2011

With Miranda Neubauer Stick a pin in this because we're coming back to it later: citizen-steered surveillance drones may share American skies with police-operated vehicles in the very near future. Writing for Salon, ... Read More

First POST: Rules

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, December 2 2011

Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land takes an in-depth look at how Apple has been handling its first search-related scandal related to the iPhone's Siri not being able to find an abortion clinic. He notes that the ... Read More

First POST: Drippings

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, December 1 2011

In a recently released interview, State Department senior adviser for innovation Alec Ross gives a view from inside State on the impact of Wikileaks on its operations. (One you may have heard before; we have our own ... Read More

First POST: Documents

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 30 2011

Another Occupy Wall Street tactic that's spreading: the bat signal. From the Portland Mercury: Thanks to a tip, I took the elevator to the eighth floor of the parking garage directly across the street from the building ... Read More

First POST: Lines

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 29 2011

The new map of Massachusetts legislative districts that contributed to Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass) decision not to seek re-election next year. Source: Massachusetts State Legislature Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) ... Read More

First POST: Stance

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 28 2011

Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja blocked a police advance on protesters in Bahrain on Saturday and lived to tweet about it. Tomorrow, the Fight for the Future campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act hopes to raise 50,000 ... Read More

First POST: Advice

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 23 2011

In the spirit of the season: The obligatory presidential turkey pardon, a definitive history. Thanksgiving advice from this commenter on Amazon.com, discussing the merits of pepper spray as a condiment — maybe ... 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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