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First POST: Inspiration

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, February 12 2013

Take Our Money!

  • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is today launching a three-month process to find and support innovative open government projects by investing up to $5 million across each of several winners.

  • Knight's media learning seminar is streaming live.

  • If you're submitting a project, know your history: David Eaves reminds civic hackers that they are in a field with years of backstory, old code, and successes and failures to learn from.

  • Anthea Watson Strong, now at Google's Politics and Elections team, has suggested that people consider the data infrastructure they're building in the course of starting an app, as well — the slowly growing amount of cleaned and ready data available about American cities and citizens.

  • Related: Don't forget Code Across America, a nationwide civic-hacking weekend event from Feb. 22-24.

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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