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Capitol Hill's Dec. 7 Hackathon Means Government's Getting Geekier

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 28 2011

Photo: Elliott P. / Flickr Software developers, Capitol Hill staffers and transparency advocates will brainstorm about what's to come in this field at Congress’ first-ever hackathon on Dec. 7 at the Capitol Visitors ... Read More

New iPad App Hopes to Modernize Lawmaking on the Hill

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, November 17 2011

For years, BlackBerries have been the signature gadget that every Hill staffer has to have. PopVox's "MarkUp," app, which debuted in Apple's iTunes store Thursday, might be one more reason for the iPad to stake a claim ... Read More

New Survey Finds Republicans Tweet More Often, But to Whom?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 29 2011

More House Republicans send messages on Twitter than Democrats, according to figures compiled by students at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Medill students compiled a look at how members of ... Read More

Twitter Grows Public Policy Team With Former FCC Staffer Colin Crowell

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 29 2011

Twitter's public policy team grows with the addition of former FCC senior counselor Colin Crowell, whose hiring was announced Monday. Photo: Andy Melton / Flickr A top former staffer at the Federal Communications ... Read More

In Search of a Citizen-Congress Feedback Loop

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 26 2011

In a blog post yesterday, OpenCongress' Danny Shaw writes that over 1,500 letters have been sent on their platform since they launched a new feature about a month ago that allows users to tap Opencongress to send letters ... Read More

Congressional Staffers are On Social Media. What Does That Change?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 26 2011

The Congressional Management Foundation released a study earlier today that found a majority of senior congressional staffers view at least some social media as important for taking the temperature of public opinion ... Read More

How To Reach Your Member of Congress Today, Online or Off

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 26 2011

Republicans and Democrats in Congress today are swamped with public opinion. Will they hear what you're saying, or fail? Illustration: David Colarusso / Flickr With congressional switchboards jammed today after dueling ... Read More

How Much Anger Can One Email Cause?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 21 2011

The ongoing kerfuffle over freshman Republican Florida congressman Allen West's Tuesday email to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee — the one where, after a disagreement on ... Read More

House Republican Leadership Okays Skype On House Network [CORRECTED]

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

The U.S. Capitol Building. Photo: Wikimedia The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has approved the use of Skype and ooVoo on the House network, Committee on House Administration chairman Daniel ... Read More

Rep. Anthony Weiner, Internet Daredevil

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 9 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner; photo credit: mysticchildz If you really pay attention to the details of this whole Anthony Weiner situation, one of the things that jumps out is just how amazingly reckless the 46 year-old married ... Read More

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The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more. GO

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The Sony email leak reveals the MPAA's campaign against Google; how Uber is lobbying in local markets; mapping the #MillionsMarchNYC; and much, much more. GO

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What the Internet is not; new analysis of public opinion on net neutrality; how cloud backup apparently foiled a police coverup; and much, much more. GO

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Is the future of citizen journalism vigilantism?; one tech mogul's vocal support for CIA torture; a cri de couer from the founder of the Pirate Bay; and much, much more. GO

Web Index Sees Impact of Net Neutrality, Surveillance and Copyright Laws

Denmark, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden have come out on top of the Web Index, a ranking of the Web Foundation measuring the economic, social and political benefit that countries gain from the web. The United States is at number six. For the authors of the report accompanying the index, the results reflect how inequality has an impact on access to the web. "Nordic policy-makers have been quick to adopt and promote the free Internet - and open access to information - as a 21st century public good," the report states. " Others, as this year's findings show, need to move fast to catch up." The report attributes the Scandinavian countries' advantage to the countries' broader efforts to invest in public goods and establish a welfare and acting against " excess concentrations of wealth and power." With the lower inequality in those countries than in others, "the skills, means and freedoms to benefit from new technologies are widespread, which helps to explain why Scandinavian countries score highly on the political, social and economic impact of the Web GO

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