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State's Online Operations: Killing It, But Exhausted

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 24 2010

In the first nine months of the Obama-Clinton era, the U.S. State Department posted the same amount of information online as the total published over the eight years of the Bush administration, according to a recently ... Read More

Americans Pleased with Their Government...Websites

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 27 2010

Conventional wisdom be damned, and public polling too: it turns out that Americans are more satisfied with their federal government than ever before in the history of the republic. We mentioned we're just talking ... Read More

What new media is good for, from AIDS.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, January 4 2010

Extending our public health programs, through an integrated communications strategy. Bringing up-to-date and accurate information to support health decision making where people are already spending time, and listening ... Read More

McLaughlin Floats Idea of a Federal Employee, Um, Facebook

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 11 2009

Andrew McLaughlin, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, said during his closing keynote at yesterday's Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington that his 'things to get to' list contains an intriguing potential ... Read More

USPACOM 2.0

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, July 20 2009

How's this for a gig? The U.S. Pacific Command is looking for a contractor with expertise in social media to help support their public affairs operation. Did I mention USPACOM is based in Honolulu? Read More

Daily Digest: Through the Wormhole, Into the White House

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, January 22 2009

One of the two executive orders signed by Barack Obama in his first full day in office pledged to shift governing presumptions about secrecy in the executive branch. With the swipe of a pen, Obama hopes to do away with ... 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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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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