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The House Republicans' WhipCast App: Not Just For Your Phone

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 21 2011

Last week, the House Republicans launched WhipCast, a mobile app to push floor updates and bill text to mobile phones. The app allows also gives users "Driving the Day," a daily document of press clippings and votes the ... Read More

House GOP's Looooong Pledge to America

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, September 23 2010

House Republicans' "A Pledge to America" has dropped. And by "dropped," I mean posted by CBS News to Scribd. Pure politics aside, the GOP plan for post-midterm America plays up the collaborative way ... Read More

Insurgents Within the Minority

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 1 2010

Mother Jones' Kevin Drum expands upon an idea we've entertained here. New media or direct media or whatever you want to call it is going to naturally be more appealing to insurgents, a factor at play in the emerging ... Read More

A Collaborative "Commitment to America"

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 5 2010

House Republicans are set to roll out a software platform for the crafting of consensus-built political platform in time for the midterm elections, CNN reports: Read More

House Republicans Kick Off New Media Tourney

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 21 2010

The Hill's Tony Romm reports that the House Republican Conference has this week kicked off a six-week March Madness-style "New Media Challenge." First up is a qualifying round where congresspeople attempt to ... Read More

House GOP's WhipCast: Mobilizing the Minority (Updated)

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 29 2009

Meet WhipCast, the newly public BlackBerry application that House Republicans, led by Republican Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia and Kevin McCarthy of California, are showing around the Hill. Politico's Mike Allen has the ... 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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