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New Knight Report Maps Growing Civic Tech Ecosystem

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 4 2013

Investor networks in civic tech, per Knight Foundation report

The Knight Foundation has released a fascinating and valuable, if incomplete, report on "The Emergence of Civic Tech: Investments in a Growing Field." It's the first major effort I've seen to define and map this growing space, and covers 209 companies that have received funding since 2011 in its purview. Read More

Knight Funding Brings Open Data Institute Model to U.S.

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, October 29 2013

The U.K.-based Open Data Institute is coming to the U.S. with a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation. With the funding, open government technologist Waldo Jaquith will work to replicate the model of the ODI, which Sir Tim Berners-Lee co-founded last year to provide guidance on how to maximize the value of government open data by providing training and educational resources, conducting research, helping to certify open data releases, launching a challenge series and providing consultation responses to government policy proposals. Read More

Change.org Enables Elected Leaders To Respond To Petitions

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, October 23 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is one of the early adopters of Change.org's new petition response feature

Change.org moved on Wednesday to change the tenor of public conversation between U.S. politicians and their constituents. The company, which is the global leader in the booming market for online petitioning tools, ... Read More

First POST: Kludgeocracy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 17 2013

Some shocking remarks from a top Silicon Valley VC about the government shutdown; more details on Pierre Omidyar's new online journalism endeavor with Glenn Greenwald; Code for America is thinking about how to help cities go "beyond transparency"; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Longform

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 16 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Steven Johnson responds to Henry Farrell's critique of the "Tech Intellectuals"; Twitter's Evan Williams lays out his vision of the future of media; Freshman Rep. Justin Amash gets some respect for his NSA fight; and much, much more. Read More

EveryBlock Shuts Down

BY Sam Roudman | Thursday, February 7 2013

The early hyperlocal news and information portal EveryBlock announced its closing today. The site was founded by Adrian Holovaty in 2007 with a $1.1 million grant from the Knight Foundation. It was bought by msnbc.com in 2009, which was in turn acquired by NBC News last year. "As we refined our larger strategy for NBC News Digital and dug more into the financials, we came to the conclusion it was not a fit," wrote Vivian Schiller, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for NBC Universal, in an email to techPresident. "Hyperlocal is not part of our focus for the future," she added. Read More

FCC + Knight = "Apps for Communities"

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 14 2011

The Federal Communications Commission and the Knight Foundation are teaming together for an Apps for Communities contest. Up for grabs is $100,000 in prize monies. "This challenge is an effort to drive the great ... Read More

A New 'Toolkit' For Opening Up Civic Life

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, March 1 2011

San Jose City Hall. Photo: City of San Jose Citizens who believe their government is open and transparent are more likely to be satisfied with civic life, according to research released today by the Pew Research Center's ... Read More

Broadband and Online Forums: The Future of Democracy, According to Knight Reports

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 25 2011

The keys to a more open and transparent democracy include increased broadband access and a steady flow of government data into online communities, according to two white papers realeased today by the Knight Commission ... Read More

Citizenship Means Creating Content, According to a New Knight Report

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 10 2010

In order to really participate in 21st-century American society, every student in the U.S. should learn multimedia skills, according to a white paper released today by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the ... Read More