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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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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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