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Interview: Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Blue State Digital Partner, on Being Acquired by Global Giant WPP

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 30 2010

Blue State Digital, the firm that gained notice for its role in in the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, announced today that it had been fully aquired by global communications giant WPP. Read More

New Online Director for Lessig and Trippi's Election Reform Group

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 3 2010

A bit of industry staffing news: Larry Lessig announced this morning that Fix Congress First has settled on a "social media maven" to head up the project's online campaigns. Read More

Political Software Giants Battle Over Data Use, Branding

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 29 2010

The messy back-and-forth between two well-known DC-based political software firms, NGP and Aristotle, has reached at least one point of resolution. According to a press release being mailed around by the latter firm, the ... Read More

Three Dem Web Firms Become One

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 11 2010

Three well-established online strategy firms that work with Democrats and progressive groups -- Articulated Man, Blackrock, and Mayfield Strategy -- have announced that they're joining forces to become Trilogy ... 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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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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