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First POST: Open to Suggestions

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 2 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: What President Barack Obama wants to hear about NSA surveillance; what really sent law enforcement to the home of someone who searched online for "pressure cookers;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: On the Move

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 1 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Snowden's on the move; "your" phone might become your actual phone; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Busy Day

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 31 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: What's being discussed this morning in a Senate committee hearing on NSA surveillance; a new way to understand federal law; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Judgment Day

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 30 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: An expected verdict in the Manning trial; new facts may be coming to light about NSA surveillance; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Premonitions

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 29 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Ron Wyden suddenly makes more sense; White House staffers, guard your passwords; an Instagram for drones; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Insecurity

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 26 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Criticism of National Security Agency surveillance of Americans gains traction on Capitol Hill; security flaws in Silicon Valley's shiny future threaten personal privacy; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Awkward

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 25 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Edward Snowden's itinerary, Rep. Mark Sanford's exercise clothes, Anthony Weiner's social media habits and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Decisions

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 24 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Understanding the history behind today's expected, and weighty, vote in Congress on NSA surveillance; the GOP's new "50-state strategy," a la Howard Dean's Democratic Party; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Rated

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 23 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Regulatory fights over the sharing economy, naming D.C.'s leading insiders in government technology, and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Selected for Special Screening

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Which would you rather the TSA screen, your shoes or your Facebook friends? This and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. 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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