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Is Civic Hacking Becoming 'Our Pieces, Loosely Joined?'

BY David Eaves | Wednesday, July 25 2012

David Eaves writes: "So far, it appears that the spirit of re-use among the big players, like MySociety and the Sunlight Foundation*, only goes so deep. Indeed often it seems they are limited to believing others should re-use their code. There are few examples where the bigger players dedicate resources to support other people's components. Again, it is fine if this is all about creating competing platforms and competing to get players in smaller jurisdictions who cannot finance creating whole websites on their own to adopt it. But if this is about reducing duplication then I'll expect to see some of the big players throw resources behind components they see built elsewhere. So far it isn't clear to me that we are truly moving to a world of 'small pieces loosely joined' instead of a world of 'our pieces, loosely joined.'" Read More

A New App to Explain Voter ID Laws

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, July 17 2012

A new online application aims to answer questions about voter eligibility by explaining what kind of identification voters need to get to the ballot in every state. Called the Cost of Freedom App, it's the brainchild of Faye Anderson, a voting rights activist based in Philadelphia. The app has new relevance because of voter identification laws going into effect in Pennsylvania this year. In March, the Republican-controlled legislature passed a law requiring voters to have a photo ID in order to cast their vote. Bloomberg recently reported that 750,000 Pennsylvanians might be denied a chance to vote because they don't have a driver's license or alternate form of identification. Read More

PDF: Applied: New Ideas and New Relationships

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, June 22 2012

A group of people in the governmental, non-profit, and web development spheres gathered together in the second week of June to create new civic engagement and election participation projects. Here are the winning entries. Read More

[BackChannel] Three Incredible Things About Civic Hackathons

BY Jake Levitas | Tuesday, June 19 2012

In our latest installment of Backchannel, an ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Jake Levitas from the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts steps up in defense of the civic hackathon. Read More

[BackChannel] Three Problems With Civic Hackathons

BY Mike Mathieu | Wednesday, June 6 2012

In the latest post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Mike Mathieu critiques civic hackathons as we gear up to host one this weekend. Read More

Capitol Hill's Dec. 7 Hackathon Means Government's Getting Geekier

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 28 2011

Photo: Elliott P. / Flickr Software developers, Capitol Hill staffers and transparency advocates will brainstorm about what's to come in this field at Congress’ first-ever hackathon on Dec. 7 at the Capitol Visitors ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Come Hack4Transparency At The European Parliament

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, October 4 2011

EU | Come Hack4Transparency at the European Parliament  The first hacking event in a European institution will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels next November 8th and 9th. As the website's ... Read More

At a Weekend Hackathon, NYC.Gov Goes Search-Centric

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 2 2011

There's an interesting trend in the way new government websites look lately. With Utah.gov, consumerfinance.gov, and small handful of others, they're beginning to look — well, better. Hoping to get in on that ... Read More

A New Hackathon for the City's Online Looks

BY Andrew Seo | Thursday, July 14 2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today the city’s first hackathon to help “reinvent” NYC.gov, the official website for the five boroughs. The event, set to take place on Saturday, July 30, and ... Read More

USA.Gov Wants You to Hack On What You Click

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 30 2011

Federal officials announced yesterday that they'll be hosting a hackathon on July 29 around using the data produced by the federal URL shortening service, 1.usa.gov. All the data produced by clicks on links from ... Read More