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Some Advice for Canada's New MPs: Question Authority. Starting with Your OS.

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 25 2011

As a fresh new class of members entered Canada's parliament a few weeks back, open government advocate David Eaves offered some guidance: [T]he real first test will come when you set up your office. The test will happen ... Read More

Will Hack for Food

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 8 2010

Saturday's Food+Tech Hackathon in Manhattan's Soho Haven co-working space. Read More

Why's Foursquare NASA's Latest Frontier?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 22 2010

International Space Station Commander and NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock opened up a new frontier for NASA when, earlier today, he checked in on the location-based game-slash-social-platform Foursquare -- from space! Read More

Clearing the Cache: "The Site is Dog Slow" (Guess Which Site)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 16 2009

Should a city manager be on Facebook? Social media goes local government. Is it time for a discussion of "The Shortfalls of Government 2.0"? Some Governingpeople think so, and they're planning a workshop for early next ... Read More

From the U.K., a Guide to Good Government Tweeting

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 29 2009

Neil Williams, who heads up digital communications for the U.K.'s Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills, is just out with a 20-page how-to on government tweeting. Read More

Latest Report on Communicating with Congress: Listen and Play Nice

BY Sarah Granger | Monday, December 15 2008

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) just released their latest report, "Communicating with Congress: Recommendations for Improving the Democratic Dialogue." In their words, the current problems with online ... Read More

It's Time to Wikify Government

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 19 2007

Beth Simone Noveck has written a seminal piece on "Wiki-Government" for Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and I recommend you read the whole thing. Noveck is Professor of Law and director of the Institute for Information ... Read More

DevalPatrick.com: A Real Dialogue with Voters

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 3 2007

Deval Patrick, the new governor of Massachusetts, has rolled his old campaign web site into a new site that opens the door to citizens who want to directly propose and discuss important issues, and for the Governor ... Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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