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What Your Email Domain Says About You

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 14 2011

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Free the Data, Says Thaler

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 14 2011

.node_read_more { visibility: hidden; display: none; } div.taxterms { display: none; } In a piece in this Sunday's New York Times, Richard Thaler, co-author with Cass Sunstein of the 2008 book "Nudge," groups ... Read More

Selling the Census

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, December 21 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau today released the top-level results of the 2010 U.S. Census, including data on apportionment — which translates from bureaucratese as ... Read More

Meet ForeignAssistance.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, December 17 2010

The new ForeignAssistance.gov Read More

Open Data Makes Good Advertising for MTA

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, December 14 2010

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is running an ad campaign on the city's subways bragging on the fact that the agency didn't make their own apps, and instead invited other folks to do it by opening ... Read More

Will Hack for Food

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 8 2010

Saturday's Food+Tech Hackathon in Manhattan's Soho Haven co-working space. Read More

Turning Data into Stories in Italy

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, November 24 2010

Down in the comments on yesterday's post about whether story telling is an undergrown part of the open government movement, at present, Italy's Alberto Cottica makes the case that data advocates working within the ... Read More

Is the Open Data Movement Giving Story Telling Short Shrift?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 23 2010

Tim Berners Lee in a 2009 photo by Silvio Tanaka Movements to free vast caches of data from the greedy clutches of the public section are popping up all over the world, as one look at the Read More

How One Man With a Laptop Counts the Afghanistan War Dead

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 22 2010

The New York Times' Noam Cohen had a story yesterday about Michael White, a programmer, whose iCasualties.org, where he keeps a tally of the dead and injured among coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is widely used ... 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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