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Google's Eric Schmidt and WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Get One Another's Jokes

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 23 2013

Eric Schmidt. Photo: LeWeb12

As part of research for their new book, Jared Cohen and Eric Schmidt met WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2011. The full conversation, according to a transcript and recording WikiLeaks has published online, ranged from the technical details of WikiLeaks' methods for avoiding censorship in China to Assange's political theories about control of, and access to, information. Their brief conceptual stop in Rwanda — which, Assange suggested, would have gone differently had WikiLeaks been around — was one of many. Read More

What Schieffer Should Ask: The Internet and Foreign Policy

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, October 22 2012

The two presidential candidates aren't likely to get to this at Monday night's final presidential debate, but one revealing question CBS' Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer could ask is what role they think the Internet should play in conducting public diplomacy and in promoting freedom abroad. Read More

Watching the Roll-Out of Google Ideas

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, July 11 2011

If you're curious, as we are, about where Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen are going with their Google Ideas think/do-tank, check out this recent profile from the Financial Times. Pegged to a June 26-29 conference in Ireland ... Read More

Google Ideas, CFR Bring Together Ex-Extremists

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 22 2011

Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin reports that Google Ideas, the wing of the company led by former State Department policy planning staffer Jared Cohen, is planning a 3-day conference in Dublin late June that will, in ... Read More

The Internet, Ignored No More: Morozov's Case Against "Freedom.gov"

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, January 3 2011

Thankfully, Foreign Policy's Evgeny Morozov, a frequent critic of the U.S. State Department's push to advocate in favor of "Internet freedom" around the planet, has boiled down his objections into a concise ... Read More

Talkin', and Not, About the New Wired World Order

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 25 2010

Ciudad Juarez, where the U.S. State Department is working to build a mobile narco-violence reporting tool; Photo credit: pmoroni. Read More

Meet the New Statecraft, Same as the...

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 8 2010

Some context for the news that the State Department's Jared Cohen is indeed headed to Google: frequent critic Evgeny Morozov homes in on the question of whether the benefits for free expression associated with tech ... Read More

Jared Cohen Exits State, Enters Google

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 8 2010

It's official: the State Department's Jared Cohen, closely identified with the idea of "21st Century Statecraft," is indeed leaving the department's Policy Planning staff to head up a new "think/do ... Read More

State's Jared Cohen Reportedly Bound for Google "Think Tank"

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, August 16 2010

Photo credit: Center for American Progress Fortune seems to confirm, kinda, a rumor that has been floating around technology and politics space for some time now: the State Department's Read More

Three Days in Colombia: What U.S. Digital Diplomacy Looks Like on the Ground

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 16 2010

As part of a State Department "technology delegation" to Colombia this week, American technologists and State Department staffers visited Escuela Marina Orth. 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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