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First POST: Recovery

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 21 2013

Watching recovery efforts in Oklahoma, a landmark change at the Federal Communications Commission, and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Today's First POST is available for anyone to read. Read More

First POST: The Acquisition

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 20 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: By acquiring Tumblr, Yahoo gets a big audience — and a favorite platform for political culture warriors; Silicon Valley pushes for changes to immigration reform legislation; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Compromises

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Organizing for Action's new stumbling block; "accelerating" a civic technology industry; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The "Facebook Squad"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 16 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Renegotiating access, protection for journalists, and leadership at the IRS; new Census data for political researchers; FWD.us' "Facebook squad;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Consequences

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Another Internet outage in Syria; continued inquiry into selective enforcement and allegations of prosecutorial overreach in the Obama administration; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: They Did WHAT?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 14 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Reaction to news of the federal government's sweeping, secret, "unprecedented," and allegedly punitive retrieval of Associated Press journalists' phone records dominates today's round-up of reports about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Your Monday Briefing

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 13 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Your weekend must-reads on FWD.us' internal struggles, the partisan Republican congressman who gets bipartisan support on Internet policy, and Chinese citizens' social media-fueled disaster response, plus all the latest worth knowing about technology and politics in this Monday morning round-up of news from around the web. Read More

First POST: Crimes

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Decriminalizing consumer choice; an Internet-enabled bank heist; using data to understand deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Openness

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The White House's new open data push and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Connectivity

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: What's up with Syria's Internet access, how the federal government is changing its stance on privacy and surveillance, and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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