Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

From SXSW Interactive

BY Jed Miller | Monday, March 14 2005

In Austin at SXSW, for a panel tomorrow on deliberative democracy and technology.

Yesterday, heard Jeffrey Veen make a great point on how technology can fuel post-conference follow-up. Blogs, he suggested, may be a better way to keep the conversation going than the traditional "Hey, let's start a listserv" exhortations (which, as we all know, work about as often as friendships after summer camp).

A networked (scattered?) collection of blog posts may have more penetration, more authenticity and maybe even more long-term effectiveness than listservs among a self-selected minority who start with good intentions but often lack the time - and even more often the project - to focus their work.

Today, on the Blogging While Black panel, the discussion has the momentum and vitality of something still rare and excited to recognize itself. Lynne Johnson is moderating with a highly-structured but really productive list of questions.

Also have to point out that the audience - and the conference attendance - looks to be about 85% white.

News Briefs

RSS Feed thursday >

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

More