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Daily Digest: This Year in Personal Politics

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, December 29 2008

"Politics is Personal. Politics is Viral. Politics is Individual.": Jose Antonio Vargas has been covering the intersection of politics and technology for the Washington Post since February of last year, and ... Read More

Daily Digest: Health Care's Unwelcome House Guests?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 17 2008

Pfizer Would Like to Be Invited Over: Yeah, we probably should have seen this coming from a mile away. The Obama transition launched a series of house parties and community events to be held between now and the first of ... Read More

The Other Transition: Whither Obama's Movement?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, December 6 2008

While most of the country's attention is focused on the transition underway in Washington, another vitally important transition is taking place right now in Chicago. I'm referring, of course, to the future of the Obama ... Read More

Shame Works, But Funny Gets Forwarded: MoveOn's "Non-Voter" Ad Might Be Most Viral Political Video Ever

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 7 2008

"In just a few short days, this private citizen has become a national pariah," intones the blown-dry anchor. Cut to sweet looking older woman, who is less sanguine: "I waited in line five hours to vote, ... Read More

Daily Digest: Can Robos Survive Under the Full Glare of the Web?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 23 2008

The Web on the Candidates Internet Killed the Robocall: The liberal mini-media empire Talking Points Memo is out with an inventive "Map of GOP Sleaze" that plots campaign robocalls and mailers against a map of ... Read More

Daily Digest: Too Many Fact Checkers Spoil the Truth?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 17 2008

The Web on the Candidates Debunking: America's Newest Growth Industry: This election cycle has given rise to a number of independent fact check sites, from Factcheck.org and PolitFact.com to those run by various ... Read More

Web Gearing Up to Block "Blank Check" Bailout of Wall Street [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 22 2008

The American web is buzzing with activity around Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's proposed $700 billion bailout bill, a test if there ever was one of the new balance of power in the digital age. On one side, we have ... Read More

Daily Digest: Pioneering Pushback by Proxy

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 16 2008

The Wall Street Journal's Emily Steel highlights a fascinating example of a seemingly new online tactic we focused on yesterday when it came to DNC's new "Count the Lies" compendium. Let's call it pushback by proxy; "How ... Read More

Daily Digest: Pioneering Pushback by Proxy

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 16 2008

The Web on the Candidates MoveOn Points Facebook Ads to Sympathetic Others: The Wall Street Journal's Emily Steel highlights a fascinating example of a seemingly new online tactic we focused on yesterday when it came to ... Read More

Daily Digest: A Most Sobering Promise

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 31 2008

Young voters are asked to make a tremendous sacrifice: lay off the bottle the night before Election Day; the debate continues over the nature of MoveOn; the RNC goes after Barack Obama on his supposed audacity; 10 ... 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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