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News You Really Don't Need to Know About the Naming of Congressional Websites

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 29 2010

Here's an altogether useless bit of congressional web trivia to start our week off right. As it turns out, Rep. Randy Neugebauer, the Texas Republican whom you might know from his shout of "It's a baby killer!" ... Read More

After the Summit: In YouTube Experiment, Hill Leaders Field the Same Five Questions

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 1 2010

Just after last Thursday's health care summit at Blair House, the folks at YouTube corralled three of Congress' top officials -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry ... Read More

The 15,000

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 10 2010

Credit: GRITtv Yesterday's episode of Laura Flanders' daily GRITtv program was on the topic of whether or not the United States Senate ha Read More

Could Twitter Change the Math of a Senate Hold?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 5 2010

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Hill Sites Hacked During SOTU

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, January 28 2010

Several House websites were hacked during last night's State of the Union, replacing the congresspeople's home pages with anti-Obama screeds. A Hill contact points out that among the targets was Joe "You Lie" ... Read More

White House, Hill GOP to hear from BlogHer

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 16 2009

BlogHer, the online network that serves to advance the voices of women, is heading to Washington to brief the White House and members of Congress on how to use technology to engage women online. Here's BlogHer's Erin ... Read More

CMF: People Like Online Townhalls, They Really Do

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 26 2009

The Congressional Management Foundation has been tracking how Congress uses the web since before most members of Congress had websites. (That may or may not be true.) But they've found something that seems to have even ... 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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