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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

News Briefs

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First POST: Reminders

Why the RNC hasn't managed to reboot how Republican campaigns use voter data; new ways of using phone banking to get out the vote; how the UK's digital director is still ahead of the e-govt curve; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Patient Zero

Monica Lewinsky emerges with a mission to fight cyber-bullying; Marc Andreessen explains his political philosophy; tech donors to MayDay PAC get pushback from Congressional incumbents; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Front Pagers

How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Tracking

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. GO

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