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First POST: Intellectuals

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, December 12 2013

Why you should get off Facebook; where the women tech intellectuals are at; the PCCC gets poked and prodded; NYC's police crime data policy gets stopped and frisked; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: The Bloggers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 18 2013

Edward Snowden's justification for his actions: no "government in the dark": tech insiders on the HealthCare.gov meltdown; more on why Pierre Omidyar's new venture could shake up online journalism; and much, much more. Read More

Organizing for Action Says It Can’t Move Climate Change Legislation In Congress

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, May 24 2013

Beleaguered on one side by pressure to take a stand on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and hoping, on the other, to hang on to the activist energy of the president's progressive base, Organizing for Action leadership and partners aren't holding out much hope for the power of grassroots organizing to motivate action in Congress. Read More

House Republicans Relaunch Speaker.gov

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, May 15 2012

House Speaker John A. Boehner's office on Tuesday pulled the wraps off of the Speaker's overhauled web site just in time for a major policy speech about House Republicans' stance on any debt limit negotiations in the ... Read More

'Advances in Technology,' Budget End House Page Program

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 8 2011

House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday announced that the House page program will be shut down. Here's The Hill's take: The program, which has been associated with lawmaker scandals ... 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

Anatomy of a Debt Debate, 140 Characters at a Time

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 25 2011

As negotiations over the U.S. government's debt continue, both Republicans and Democrats have been spending more and more time making their cases on Twitter. Check out this graph from the social media analytics site ... Read More

Rapid @-Response

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 21 2011

House Speaker John Boehner tries to bust the breaking news. Read More

Boehner New Media Director Heads to Chamber

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

Big changes on the Hill new media front: Nick Schaper, who has been serving as Speaker John Boehner's new media director, is moving on to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mike Allen reports he'll be serving there as ... Read More

Boehner Tasks Team with Updating the House

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

When it comes to tech, it can still seem like the late '90s, perhaps early aughts in the U.S. House of Representatives. With that in mind, Speaker John Boehner announced today that he's assembling a "House ... 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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