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Scope of U.S. Online Piracy Bill Too Broad, Says the Business Software Alliance

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 21 2011

A piece of legislation designed to thwart online piracy and counterfeiting being considered in the House is still too broad in its scope not to risk interfering with innovation, said the head of the Business Software ... Read More

What's In a Domain Name? For #OWS Protesters, Whatever It Is, It's Worth $8,000

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 4 2011

Jon Huntsman didn't own jonhuntsman.com, Tim Kaine didn't own timkaine.com, and both sites were for a time actually devoted to making fun of their namesakes. (As of today, Timkaine.com still redirects to the Communist ... Read More

How to Lobby the Internet

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 31 2011

Beginning in January, anyone with the know-how to run a domain name registry, a $185,000 application fee and the time ride out a lengthy application process will be able to apply to run their own top-level domain, ... Read More

Anatomy of a Political Twitter Strategy Gone Wrong

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 27 2011

Call it squatting, or parody, or just being a watchdog, but occupying domain names or user names similar to ones used by your opponents has been in the online politics bag o' tricks for years. On the Internet at large, ... Read More

Democrats Say "GutsyCall.com" Wasn't Them

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 6 2011

The Democratic National Committee tells the Huffington Post's Sam Stein that the Obama campaign apparatus had nothing to do with the redirection of GutsyCall.com to the Obama campaign website, despite speculation floated ... Read More

DNS Takedowns Fold Poker Sites

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

The latest target in the federal government's domain name sweep: poker sites. Forget civil libertarians; those really crying are the graphic designers. Read More

Jon Huntsman Learns the Pain of Not Registering His Eponymous Domain

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

Resigning Ambassador to China and possible Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman doesn't own JonHuntsman.com, and he gets a reminder of why that's not the best idea. Up live on the site is a handwritten mash ... Read More

Comrade Kaine?

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 8 2011

The political prankster who owns TimKaine.com has changed the site so it now redirects to the Communist Party USA's webpage, the Washington Examiner has observed. The Examiner's Yeas & Nays column seems to think this ... Read More

How Google's Looking for Haley Barbour

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

Slate's Justin Elliot parses the severity of Haley Barbour's "Google problem." (Still, a point in Barbour's column is that the first result for a straight name search on Barbour is governorbarbour.com, his ... Read More

Master of His Domain II

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

Dave Weigel picks up on the fact that TimKaine.com redirects to Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli's site, and Dave at least initially gets caught up in what we're calling the Rhubarbrhubarbrhubarbrhubarb.com trap -- remember, ... 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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