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First POST: Catalysts

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 30 2015

Bernie Sanders is running for president; will the sun set on the Patriot Act June 1?; legacy media and technology platforms have crawled into bed together and nobody knows what will happen next; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Foundations

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 12 2015

The big ideas from yesterday's NetGain conference; sifting internal Airbnb data for NYC; new tools for civic hackers; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Rules

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 10 2015

The biggest challenges at the intersection of the Internet and philanthropy; why Facebook users in the developing world might not know they're using the Internet; takeaways from the Twitter transparency report; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Urgency

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 19 2015

How Republicans are starting to embrace net neutrality; more predictions of the blockchain's impact on society; new "innovative communities" legislation in Massachusetts seeks to boost civic tech there; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Competition

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 15 2015

Obama plugs community broadband and gets the GOP's ire up; the VAN gets an upgrade; CityMart launches in the US; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Command Lines

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 14 2015

The White House embraces community broadband; how facial recognition software is getting used to predict voting behavior; understanding how blockchain technology could change the world; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Cloudy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, December 12 2014

What the Internet is not; new analysis of public opinion on net neutrality; how cloud backup apparently foiled a police coverup; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Hosts

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 16 2014

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. Read More

Civic Tech and Engagement: In Search of a Common Language

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, September 5 2014

Marten van Valkenborsch, Construction of the Tower of Babel (c. 1600)

We need much clearer language to describe civic tech. Too often, people working in this field struggle to put into words what it is they are striving for. It's not enough to assume that, like the Supreme Court and obscenity, we know good civic tech when we see it. And if we can't say why something is good (or even great), how can we know what to design for? Indeed, how do we even know if we're after the same design goals? Read More

First POST: Watching the Detectives

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 14 2014

The whole world is watching the confrontation between police and protesters in Ferguson, MO, thanks to the web; Twitter finally promises to improve its policies for reducing harassment of users in the wake of Robin Williams' death; how the new US Digital Service hopes to avoid future IT catastrophes; and much, much more. Read More