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Citizen Science and Transparency Projects Among Knight News Challenge Winners Announced Today

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 22 2011

Today, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation* announced the winners of the fifth and final year of the Knight News Challenge, explaining how it will allocate this year's nearly $5 million pool of money to support ... Read More

Playing Citizen-Redistricter in the District

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 25 2011

The 2010 U.S. Census data that will power redistricting efforts across the U.S. dropped yesterday. It's cliched, but true, to say that we, normal folk, have more powerful tools to work with and interpret that data than ... 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

SeeClickFix.com Goes Multilingual (Now Available in 83 Languages)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 17 2009

Our friends at SeeClickFix have some cool news to share today: The do-it-yourself civic platform is going multilingual. Citizens will soon be able to report non-emergency issues in their community to those accountable ... Read More

"Designing Obama," a Few Dollars at a Time

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 22 2009

Reflections upon the Obama campaign's design work? A crowdsourced fundraising effort? Total techPres bait, but Obama campaign design director Scott Thomas is involved in an intriguing quest. Read More

DIYcity: We Built This City on Rails and Code

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 25 2009

Perhaps best described as Etsy meets Model UN, DIYcity aims to empower citizens to collaboratively create "a city that is like the Internet in its openness, participation, distributed nature and rapid, organic ... Read More