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The Art of Rolling Your Own Radiation Mapping

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 12 2011

RDTN.org Yesterday, the Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal profiled a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for equipping "citizen scientists" in Japan with personal Geiger counters to measure the radiation coming out ... Read More

TransparencyCamp, Delhi

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 12 2011

The concept launched by the DC-based Sunlight Foundation* makes its way to India. *Note: Our Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry are senior advisors to the Sunlight Foundation. Read More

How User-Friendly Obama's Health Insurance Exchanges?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 12 2011

The health care overhaul passed by Congress and signed by Barack Obama just over a year ago requires that states set up 'health insurance exchanges' -- marketplaces in which people without individual insurance can ... Read More

Winning Hearts, Minds, and Clicks When it Comes to Open Gov Funding

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 4 2011

A question on the new NerdCollider.com: "What would you change about Data.gov to get more people to care?" In other words, how do you justify spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on open government ... Read More

White House Open Sources "IT Dashboard" Code

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 4 2011

Whether or not there will be real funds behind the Obama administration's open government projects in the next federal budget is still an open question, but one project, at least, seems as if it will live on either way. ... Read More

A Look at Your Nuclear Neighborhood

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 30 2011

Greenpeace's Nuclear Power Plant Locator Map showing reactors near Boston, MA. Greenpeace has rolled out an improved version of its Nuclear Plant Locator Map; punch in your address, and out pops a listing of the ... Read More

Opening Dili

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

East Timor gets a transparency portal. Read More

Democrats Hiring for Redistricting Desk

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

One area where political data chops developed over the last few years will likely be shortly be called into greater service: redistricting. The DNC's tech department is in the market for a data-savvy person for its ... Read More

DIY Radiation Mapping

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

Getting passed around today, unsurprisingly, is the National Radiation Map, "depicting environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every minute." They're looking for people to set up ... 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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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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