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ICYMI: Eric Holder Says He's Open To Revisiting Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 7 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday told the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he's be willing to revisit a landmark computer crime law to figure out whether it's being abused by prosecutors. The statement is noteworthy because the Department of Justice has been pushing to make the law even stricter rather than acceding to rolling it back. Read More

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Watch Australian Dept of Justice Explain its Social Media Policy in Three Minutes

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, October 24 2012

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The Department of Justice for Victoria, Australia, created a 3-minute video that explains cogently, in simple terms that do not patronize, what social media is and the steps an employee of the department must take in order to use it responsibly. Read More

Here's the Future of Open Government, Courtesy of ... The Environmental Protection Agency?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 26 2012

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Several members of Congress got a tantalizing glimpse of one possible model of the future of open government recently, and it didn't come from the Justice Department, the agency at the federal level that is primarily in charge of ensuring agencies' compliance with Freedom of Information Act. Instead, the model came from the Environmental Protection Agency. Read More

Crowdfunding Dissent

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 23 2011

Security researcher Christopher Soghoian says he raised $500 for legal fees in 20 minutes. He was raising the money to sue the federal Department of Justice for access to 600 pages of documents about Internet and mobile ... Read More

FOIA.gov Joins the Federal Family

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 14 2011

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Justice Dept. responds to Obama's open gov call with reworked FOIA reports

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 9 2009

Here, perhaps, is some of that hoped for trickle-down effect we mentioned below. Read More

Filling Out the New Media Ranks Beyond the White House

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 28 2009

The Plum Line's Greg Sargent reports that Tracy Russo, former John Edwards campaign blog outreach coordinator, is headed over to the Department of Justice to serve as the DOJ's director of new media. 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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