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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, July 31 2014

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. Read More

@Congressedits Hopes to See More Wikipedians in Congress

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, July 14 2014

In the future, could members of Congress list their Wikipedia edits on their homepage along with their voting records and constituent services? That is the vision of Congressedits, a Twitter feed that within only the past few days has helped popularize the idea of anonymously tracking government and instutional edits to Wikipedia pages around the world. Read More

Why Members of Congress Miss House Votes: An Online Diary

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, December 6 2011

A news web developer's side project highlights the daily cases where members of Congress engage in a different kind of flip-flop. A House rule allows members of Congress to announce how they would have voted, had they ... Read More

After Leaders' Calls for Public Support, House, Senate Flooded With Electronic Interest

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 26 2011

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were both warning the American public of catastrophe last night if the White House and the Republican leadership in Congress couldn't get together to reach a debt ... Read More

Google's Schmidt Does a GOP Pop-In

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 15 2010

Photo credit: Charles Haynes A recent dropper-by to the bat cave wherein House Republicans are planning their assumption of leadership? Read More

C-SPAN Calls on Boehner to Show How Congress Reacts

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 15 2010

Ah, another change of power on Congress, and another call by C-SPAN to let them finally film the goings-on of the legislature in the way that they'd film any other debate-type event -- by capturing not just the face of ... Read More

Tweeting for Leadership

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 5 2010

Speaker (for now) Nancy Pelosi seems to have chosen Twitter as the place to make known her plans for what's next. "Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, ... Read More

"It's Not Make Believe"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 15 2010

Fast Company's Austin Carr has a look inside House Republican Whip Eric Cantor's new media shop, with a spotlight on Cantor's director of new media Matt Lira. Read More

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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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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