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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

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With Vision of Internet Magna Carta, Web We Want Campaign Aims To Go Beyond Protest Mode

On Saturday, Tim Berners-Lee reiterated his call for an Internet Magna Carta to ensure the independence and openness of the World Wide Web and protection of user privacy. His remarks were part of the opening of the Web We Want Festival at the Southbank Centre in London, which the Web We Want campaign envisioned as only the start of a year long international process underlying his call to formulate concrete visions for the open web of the future, going beyond protests and the usual advocacy groups. GO

First POST: Lifestyles

Google's CEO on "work-life balance"; how CloudFlare just doubled the size of the encrypted web; Dems like Twitter; Reps like Pinterest; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Showdown

How demonstrators in Hong Kong are using mobile tech to route around government control; will the news penetrate mainland China?; dueling spin from Dems and Reps on which party's tech efforts will matter more in November; and much, much more. GO

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Pirate MEP Crowdsources Internet Policy Questions For Designated EU Commissioners

While the Pirate Party within Germany was facing internal disputes over the last week, the German Pirate Party member in the European Parliament, Julia Reda, is seeking to make the European Commission appointment process more transparent by crowdsourcing questions for the designated Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society and the designated Vice President for the Digital Single Market. GO

First POST: Dogfood

What ethical social networking might look like; can the iPhone promise more privacy?; how Obama did on transparency; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Sucks

How the FCC can't communicate; tech is getting more political; Facebook might see a lawsuit for its mood manipulation experiment; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Wartime

A bizarre online marketing effort targets actress Emma Watson; why the news media needs to defend the privacy of its online readers; Chicago's playbook for civic user testing; and much, much more. GO

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