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Israel Gets a Chief Information Officer

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 15 2012

The brand-new Times of Israel reports that Israeli officials have named Carmela Avner to the post of Chief Information Officer:

The decision places Avner in charge of information systems in all government ministries — the first time that one person would be responsible for that level of government data. According to the government decision, the CIO will consult with officials of all government ministries on the ease of use, convenience, and accessibility of their sites.
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Should You Bring Your iPad to the City Council Meeting?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 19 2011

The Boston Globe's Kathy McCabe has a smartly done enterprise story today about the intersection of public meetings and "e-government." Popping around Massachusetts towns, she compiles a list of anecdotes that sum up the ... Read More

Defense Department Launches Web Campaign for "Real Warriors" Dealing with Psychological Wounds

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 27 2009

Via NextGov, the Department of Defense has launched a new online campaign aimed at destigmatizing the mental health struggles for active duty and reservist soldiers. Read More

Job Description Woes: Oregon County No Longer Asking "Do You Tweet?"

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 14 2009

Multnomah County, Oregon, won't be getting its very own Twittering, Facebooking, and blogging social media coordinator after all. After getting heat for advertising the job at a government salary of $60,000 to $70,000 a ... Read More

EFF, CDT Propose Nuanced Alternative to Government Cookie Ban

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 12 2009

In a report released today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology are advancing the idea that the federal government's near-blanket ban on persistent cookies -- imposed by OMB ... Read More

What Scares CRS About Going Public

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 12 2009

Here's how you know that open government absolutists and CRS, the internal research wing of Congress, are so far apart that the entire Library of Congress plus the states of Connecticut and Arizona could fit comfortably ... Read More

An Open Government Paradigm Being Built Behind Closed Doors

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 12 2009

This whole thing is something like a leather-bound edition of Diet for a Small Planet. Holding an AA meeting at a bar. Passing around a charity box at an Objectivist conference. The Obama Administration's process for ... Read More

WhiteHouse.gov: Moving Into Advanced Work Before Mastering the Basics

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 12 2009

The Washington Post's Jose Antonio Vargas does his second round of grading WhiteHouse.gov, the White House's main online home, and a salient criticism peeks through the comments of the various graders. On the plus side, ... Read More

Can Uncle Sam Balance Privacy and Engagement?

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 11 2009

The set-up for tomorrow's "Privacy and Analytics on Government Web Sites" event in Washington DC promises a refreshing blend of techno-utopianism and cyber conspiracy thinking. The Center for Democracy and ... 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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