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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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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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