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In Finland, "Open Ministry" Brings Legislation From the Crowd

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, September 28 2012

Tech entrepreneurs in Finland have created Open Ministry, an open-source platform for citizens to discuss proposals and collect the necessary signatures online. Read More

The Obama Administration is Going to “Listen to Citizens”

BY J. Brooke Aker | Monday, March 9 2009

From time to time, we receive submissions from entrepreneurs with ideas and/or products that we think ought to be of interest to PdF/tP readers. Running those pieces should not be construed as an endorsement of a ... Read More

Daily Digest: Of Transparency, Tweets, and #Taxcuts

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 6 2009

House Republican leadership is using a bit of transparency jujitsu against their Democratic counterparts. House Dems have been using their desire to embrace President Barack Obama's vision for a new kind of politics as ... Read More

Daily Digest: For Open Government, It's Put Up (Online) Time

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, January 5 2009

Republicans' Transparency Jujitsu: With the 111th session of Congress kicking off tomorrow and a mere 15 days until President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office, getting his desired $700 billion (or so) ... 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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