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Congress Can't Hear You

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, October 27 2010

Citizen-lobbying of Congress is a broken system, if it can be called that having never really worked that well in the first place. Read More

"It's Not Make Believe"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 15 2010

Fast Company's Austin Carr has a look inside House Republican Whip Eric Cantor's new media shop, with a spotlight on Cantor's director of new media Matt Lira. Read More

The Art and Craft of Building McCain's Twitter Base

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, September 23 2010

In a sadly overlooked comment on a post last month about that "John McCain is a Twitter genius" report, Stan Olshefski smartly points out that some part of McCain's 1.7 million follower base came about through ... Read More

Anthony Weiner, the Online Community

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 22 2010

The colorful Democratic congressman from New York City announces the launch of anthonyweiner.com: Read More

The Social Media Habits of Elected Officials

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, August 17 2010

Ben Smith points us to the just-launched Government and Social Media wiki, a site listing the Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and other social media accounts for members of the House and Senate. As recently as the ... Read More

Poligraft Launches. Swear.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, August 5 2010

Earlier this week, I teased you all with pre-mature notice that the Sunlight Foundation's* new Poligraft.com had launched. This afternoon, I pinkie swear that the site is actually up and running. Read More

From the Greatly Exaggerated Senate Email Files

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 7 2010

Capitol Police are looking into email spoofs engineered to look like they were coming from the offices of Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that announced their respective ... 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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