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First POST: Makeup

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 25 2011

Halloween-themed ad season has begun with this anti-super-PAC one from Common Cause. Fighting back online against President Barack Obama's new "we can't wait line" — can't wait, that is, for Congress to take ... Read More

First POST: 'Blockade'

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 24 2011

The "WikiLeaks Mobile Information Collection Unit" truck, an occassional visitor to Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, is a prank. Photo: Pameladrew212 / Flickr Addressing the media at a conference this morning in ... Read More

First POST: Reckoning

BY Nick Judd | Friday, October 21 2011

British MP Tom Watson is expected to stir things up today at News Corp's first post-phone hacking shareholder's meeting. The BBC reports he says he plans to "make fresh allegations about malpractice by News Corp ... Read More

First POST: Counterpoint

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 20 2011

Writing in chalk on the sidewalk in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo: Caelie__ / Flickr The latest blogger to build a map of Occupy protests around the world did so on Flickr's corporate blog, mapping Flickr photos ... Read More

First POST: Time Series

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 19 2011

How to map data over time. Here's an obligatory debate reaction roundup. Debate-night campaign emails, in order of arrival: Ron Paul, "The Gloves Are Off," an email promoting a moneybomb today that made no mention of ... Read More

First POST: 'Aye, Captain'

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 18 2011

Not-Mitt Romney is "leaving at three to pick apples." Associated Press reporters used encryption and removed the batteries from their phones, among other tech tactics, to keep their investigation of the New York Police ... Read More

First POST: Networks

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 17 2011

One of Taegan Goddard's readers sends him a video. Title: "Herman Cain is Not Going to be the POTUS". Venue: YouTube, where, views-wise, Cain is just outside of the top four with just shy of 2 million views. Here's a ... Read More

First POST: Interrupted

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 13 2011

Research in Motion said BlackBerry service is expected to improve today after outages that have plagued users around the world. Photo: Cheon Fong Liew / Flickr Storm surge: After disruptions to BlackBerry service that ... Read More

First POST: Raised Eyebrows

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 12 2011

Through the magic of Internet video comes Politico's Rick Perry reaction cam! Off-topic: Poor Ron Paul. The candidates last night, on Occupy Wall Street: - Gingrich: "I think the people who are protesting on Wall Street ... Read More

First POST: Looking Forward, Looking Back

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 11 2011

This YouTube video plays a cameo role in the new profile of Elizabeth Warren, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau architect turned U.S. Senate candidate, that appears in November's issue of Vanity Fair. The video, ... 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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