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First POST: Oath of Office

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, January 22 2013

Inaugural

Around the web

International

  • The German Pirate Party saw its first state loss in regional elections in Lower Saxony. Der Spiegel called the result a "massive setback." Die Welt and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung attributed their loss to the party's internal disputes. But blogger "senSATZionell" suggested that the success of the Pirates in the other states had to do with the clearer and more settled majority situation of the other larger parties in those states, providing more room for voters to vote for the Pirates. The competition in Lower Saxony between the Social Democrats, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party was more intense and close. He suggests that the result does not predict the outcome of the vote nationally later this year.

  • Al Jazeera produced an interactive of a survey it conducted via SMS of people in Mali, asking them how they felt about the French military.

  • Eric Schmidt has posted about his trip to North Korea, but it is his daughter's impressions that have been gaining attention, according to Marketing Land.

  • France is proposing a tax on the use of digital data, and Jacob Albert argues there is a positive aspect to the plan.

  • The Pirate Party has gained official status in Australia.

  • Britain recently launched a genome database of patients suffering from cancer and other rare diseases.

News Briefs

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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

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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