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Trickle, trickle: Treasury Dept. gets into the open gov game

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 9 2009

Three makes a trend! Tim Geithner's Treasury Department just put out a press release touting its open government plan. Or, at least, some core building blocks for a plan to come. Read More

About that "government data" you've been hearing about...

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, December 7 2009

There's not going to be much in the way of new news for our regular readers in Claire Cain Miller's big piece in the New York Times today about how governments are slowly opening up their data stores to the public and ... Read More

Is data making us dumber?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 3 2009

CAP's Matt Yglesias argues that the growing trend towards greater political transparency and open data might actually make we the people even less knowledgeable about how government works. Read More

It Takes a Village to Figure Out Where Tony Blair Keeps His Money

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 2 2009

The Guardian UK news organization is having a beast of a time figuring out the interplay between all the different financial vehicles and assests that house the many millions of pounds that the former prime minister has ... Read More

In 2009, Searchers were Googley for Democrats (Updated)

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 2 2009

Google has opened up a window onto what, in 2009, people typed into that little white box before they clicked "Search." Politics Daily's Emily Miller has a good breakdown of this year's Google Zeitgeist lists, ... Read More

An Interview with Craig Fugate, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 24 2009

Hurricanes might gather force, low-lying areas pool with water, and wildfires rage much as they long have. But today they rise as a challenge to a different American people. From mobile phones to Twitter, the ... Read More

Foods Liberals Like

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 13 2009

And conservatives, too. But that flowed better. Hunch, a newish site from the folks behind Flickr that wants to help you make decisions, has dug into the cache of social data they've amassed thus far to take a look at ... Read More

Defending Clunkers with a Data Dump

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 9 2009

CARS.gov, the Department of Transportation's online home for its Cash-for Clunkers program, has posted the raw data on the nearly 700,000 cars that were traded in during the course of the month-long program. Read More

Four-Fifths of U.S. States Still Not Releasing Structured Election Data

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 3 2009

Here's a neat little civic engagement project to get started on tomorrow. Google and the Pew Center on the States have been working for years now on something called the Voting Information Project, aimed a solving one ... Read More

Googling Virginia's Vote

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 22 2009

The Google Voting Information Project, an effort we've geeked out over in the past for its attempt to organize election information in a way most useful to citizens, is rolling out a widgety thing on the occasion of the ... Read More

News Briefs

RSS Feed friday >

First POST: Scary Monsters

Facebook opens up about its experiments on tweaking voting behavior; breaking news in the FCC net neutrality battle; getting hard data on civic tech's impact on political efficacy; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: System-Gaming

Why techies interested in political reform are facing challenges; the latest data on Democratic voter contacts in 2014; Hungary's anti-Internet tax demonstrations are getting huge; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Gimme Shelter

The link between intimate partner violence and surveillance tech; the operational security set-up that connected Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden; how Senate Dems are counting on tech to hold their majority; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Tribes

Edward Snowden on the Internet's impact on political polarization; trying to discern Hillary Clinton's position on NSA reform; why Microsoft is bullish on civic tech; and much, much more GO

monday >

First POST: Inventions

How voter data-sharing among GOP heavyweights is still lagging; why Facebook's News Feed scares news publishers; Google's ties to the State Department; and much, much more. GO

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