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First POST: Liberated

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 19 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Hackers join the political fray around cybersecurity; Alexei Navalny is freed; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Selling Obamacare

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The art and science of 21st-century health care; mounting pressure on the Obama administration over NSA surveillance; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: More Questions

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: More questions for the intelligence community and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Unsealed

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 16 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Yahoo's legal fight in secret courts and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The Verdict

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Following the ups and downs of municipally owned Wi-Fi; reacting to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Asylum

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 12 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Edward Snowden's latest search for asylum; new details of coopration between the NSA and Microsoft; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: "Candor"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 11 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Hackers ask feds not to come to an annual conclave they've been invited to for years; Congress says intelligence officials "exaggerated" the effectiveness of their spying programs; an online organizing project hopes to restore a city's abandoned spaces; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Access

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: James Comey vs. a former judge on FISA courts; looking for Britain's "armchair auditors;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Scrutiny

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The Guardian publishes more of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras' interview with Edward Snowden; James Comey's confirmation hearing is a new opportunity to explore the role of surveillance in society; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Overseas

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: How the NSA keeps Internet cables tapped; how that whole "civic technology thing is going; 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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