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First POST: Zucked Up

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, April 20 2015

Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticism of "zero rating" Facebook access in India; turning TVs into computers; how Facebook is changing the way UK users see the upcoming General Election; BuzzFeed's split priorities; a new website for "right-of-center women"; and much, much more. Read More

Public Lab Builds Environmental Monitoring Community, Online and Off

BY Sam Roudman | Tuesday, August 19 2014

Balloon photo of Gowanus grossness by Eymund Diegel Public Lab

Environmental monitoring can be expensive and difficult but tech is changing how we relate to the environment. Until recently, the mechanics of political influence in America created a segment of environmental activism that isn’t always about connecting people to the environment. But as smart phones have gotten into more hands, and more people get connected online, environmental activism has started to shift, or grow, as well. Read More

New Tool Tracks Blight in New Orleans

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, October 12 2012

Code for America New Orleans has released an online application to track the spread of blight in the city, incorporating data from across multiple city departments.

Code for America explains that the city uses a legal process to prosecute blighted properties, sell them or demolish them with the eventual goal of putting them back on the market. The application is meant to collect information about blighted properties in one place to save time for engaged residents, activists and nonprofits, the organization explains in a blog post.

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