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Obama Campaign Touts Voter Registration Success, Promotes Dashboard

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, October 11 2012

President Obama's re-election campaign has collected 60 percent more voter registration forms than it did in 2008, said Marlon Marshall, the campaign's deputy national field director in an online webcast with supporters ... Read More

New Facebook Open Graph App Makes Lawmaking Social, Brings House Bills To The Crowds

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 20 2012

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor unveiled a clever new Facebook app Tuesday called Citizen CoSponsor. The app enables people to use Facebook to track the progress of House legislation as it makes its way through the ... Read More

Every Bill Coming Before the House Should Soon Be Available Online in Machine-Readable Format

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, January 17 2012

As of late last week, the House of Representatives began publishing some key legislative documents in machine-readable format at http://docs.house.gov, fulfilling a promise that had been announced last year. Going forward, the site will host a machine-readable version of every bill coming before the House, and currently hosts another structured set of data on all the bills coming before the House in a given week. Read More

Capitol Hill's Dec. 7 Hackathon Means Government's Getting Geekier

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 28 2011

Photo: Elliott P. / Flickr Software developers, Capitol Hill staffers and transparency advocates will brainstorm about what's to come in this field at Congress’ first-ever hackathon on Dec. 7 at the Capitol Visitors ... Read More

After Members of Congress Jammed With Online Interest, A Push To Reboot Their Web Presences

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 28 2011

Roll Call's Daniel Newhauser writes that House Republican leaders are pushing for all members of the House to be hosted on House hardware in the wake of the server-crashing level of interest from earlier this week: "One ... Read More

ConsumerFinance.gov, and a New Approach to Regulation, Begin Operations Today

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 21 2011

New features on consumerfinance.gov Elizabeth Warren has become something of a hero for political progressives for her work to start the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the new agency responsible for helping ... Read More

"It's Not Make Believe"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 15 2010

Fast Company's Austin Carr has a look inside House Republican Whip Eric Cantor's new media shop, with a spotlight on Cantor's director of new media Matt Lira. 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

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