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First POST: Preparing for the Primary

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 19 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Cory Booker's latest campaign moves; the end of the telegram; and our ongoing aggregation of NSA news in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Answers

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Congressional hearings continue on National Security Agency surveillance; federal officials consider Bitcoin; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Revelations

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Knowledge loss in open government, a new social networking partnership for New York City, and a whole mess of new information in the ongoing NSA surveillance debate lead today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Late Takes

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 14 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Fallout continues from disclosure that the National Security Agency is spying on Americans, compiled in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Shell Games

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 13 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Generals and senators duel over the truth of surveillance; reporters turn their pens on the whistleblower instead of the leak; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Hearings

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 12 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Members of Congress question what they've been told about surveillance of Americans; federal officials take flak for their IT project reporting; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Starting Somewhere

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 11 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: A growing response to NSA surveillance revelations and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Exposure

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Understanding American surveillance and parsing the outcomes from Personal Democracy Forum lead today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: On Being Watched

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 7 2013

From Personal Democracy Plus: Reaction to the news that the United States may be capturing Americans' electronic communications; some of the highlights from Personal Democracy Forum 2013; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Searches

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 6 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Far-reaching surveillance of civilians under the Obama administration; better news for advocates of open city data; the start of our 2013 conference and more in today's roundup 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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