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ICYMI: K-Pop Phenomenon PSY Asks For El Monte Lifeguards' Jobs Back

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, September 17 2012

News of the group of Southern Californian lifeguards' firing for making and sharing a parody of "Gangnam Style" made it to MTV last week, where the tune and video's creator PSY appealed for the lifeguards' jobs back. Read More

This "Gangnam Style" Parody Video From A Group of Lifeguards Is Getting Attention for All the Wrong Reasons

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, September 11 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: What started out as a summer gag video by a few city lifeguards has turned into a controversy that's attracted international attention. Is the Southern California town of El Monte sticking to a policy that defends its reputation and prevents misuse of resources, or is it missing out on an opportunity by cracking down on a group of enthusiastic young employees? 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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