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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

Second Amendment Grassroots Advocates Are More Politically Active Than Their Gun Control Peers

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, January 18 2013

Photo: Courtesy Firearms Policy Coalition

Gun control advocates may be grabbing the headlines, but gun-owning grassroots types are more politically engaged, according to survey data. What's more, a look at the online contact-Congress platform PopVox suggests ... Read More

New iPad App Hopes to Modernize Lawmaking on the Hill

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, November 17 2011

For years, BlackBerries have been the signature gadget that every Hill staffer has to have. PopVox's "MarkUp," app, which debuted in Apple's iTunes store Thursday, might be one more reason for the iPad to stake a claim ... Read More