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How the White House's We the People E-Petition Site Became a Virtual Ghost-Town

BY Dave Karpf | Friday, June 20 2014

The White House once boasted that 5.4 million people have created We The People accounts, resulting in 9.2 million signatures. But the statistic only shows that there are less than 2 signatures per person, which means that the average user is signing a single petition and then never returning again. David Karpf explains how and why the White House's e-petition site has failed to take off. Read More

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In India, an E-Gov Platform Inspired by Wikipedia

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, February 20 2014

In India, making the shift from paper to online (FriskoDude/Flickr)

On February 18 the Indian government launched an information website inspired by Wikipedia. Vikaspedia is available in five local languages, including English, and will eventually expand to include 22 more Indian languages.

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Will The Shift To E-Gov't Decrease Corruption in Kenya?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, November 7 2013

"Complaint box for corruption." (Flickr/watchsmart)

Today Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the first e-government service center in Nairobi. The Huduma—which is Swahili for service—Centers are supposed to be “one-stop shop[s]” for government services like seasonal parking tickets, student loan applications, reporting corruption and drivers licenses, among others.

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Stephen Goldsmith, e-Government Advocate, Leaves Bloomberg Administration

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 5 2011

E-government advocate Stephen Goldsmith is leaving the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for "opportunities" in the private sector, the city announced yesterday. Goldsmith served just 14 months in ... Read More

North Carolina Town Commission Swaps Paper for iPads

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 30 2011

The town commission of Cornelius, N.C., has gone completely paperless: each commissioner now has a town-owned iPad, with meeting agendas, maps and worksheets served up through proprietary software. The Herald Weekly of ... Read More

New e-Gov Deputy CIO for U.S.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 2 2011

The U.S. gets a new deputy CIO doing electronic government work, reports Chris Dorobek. Meet Lisa Schlosser. Read More

E-Government and Public Records Down on the Bayou

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 24 2011

The Louisiana state legislature is trying to figure out how to improve its government services online: BATON ROUGE -- The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Monday that would allow a private vendor to operate the ... Read More

Bryan Sivak is Maryland's New 'Chief Innovation Officer'

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Former Washington, D.C. Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak is now Maryland's first-ever "chief innovation officer." Sivak is on his second day at work today as the newest member of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's team, ... Read More

British Columbia's question: What to do about water?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 23 2009

British Columbia's provincial government says that the Water Act-- written in 1909 to govern the authorities' administration of the province's aquifers, lakes, streams, and other fresh water sources -- is in need of a ... Read More

1 Out of 5 Adults Want Elected Official Contact Info on Their Personal Web Pages

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 21 2009

Over on USA.gov, they're running an interesting dialogue about how to improve the site, which is a primary portal for citizens seeking all kinds of information from government. (Compete.com says USA.gov averages just ... Read More

News Briefs

RSS Feed wednesday >

First POST: Reminders

Why the RNC hasn't managed to reboot how Republican campaigns use voter data; new ways of using phone banking to get out the vote; how the UK's digital director is still ahead of the e-govt curve; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Patient Zero

Monica Lewinsky emerges with a mission to fight cyber-bullying; Marc Andreessen explains his political philosophy; tech donors to MayDay PAC get pushback from Congressional incumbents; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Front Pagers

How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Tracking

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Hosts

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. GO

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