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Veterans Affairs and HUD Join With Jon Bon Jovi To Launch Developer Challenge To Help Homeless Vets

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 19 2012

The departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development on Monday unveiled a new federal app challenge that is designed to help homeless veterans quickly find shelter and other vital resources in a pinch. Read More

Craig Newmark Campaigns for Military Families

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Today, Craig Newmark of craigslist announced in a blog post that he will be using his new craigconnects initiative to bolster the work of folks who are supporting veterans and military families. Announced in March, ... Read More

VA Hopes a Blogger's Voice Will Create Change

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 10 2011

The Washington Post's Lisa Rein profiles Alex Horton, a military blogger critical of the Department of Veteran's Affairs who has been hired to continue blogging about the VA, from the inside: The agency hopes to use the ... Read More

How Well is the U.S. Networking Vets?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 22 2011

Fascinating debate over what it really means to connect with military veterans happening in the comments of VAntage Point, the Department of Veterans Affairs blog, sparked by IAVA's Paul Reickhoff criticizing the VA for ... Read More

Tech's Networking Vets Back Together Again. And Not Just the Young Ones.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 11 2010

Where military veterans live in the United States, with increasing greenness indicating increase in the percentage of veterans as compared to the population as a whole. Image source: The U.S. Census Bureau. Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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