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First POST: Apologies

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 14 2013

Republican rage

  • This weekend's New York Times Magazine will include a lengthy summation of the Republican Party's growing generational tension — between younger, less socially crusading, more technologically savvy operatives, and an old guard they say is not giving room to their ideas the way the kingmakers of the Democratic Party have for the past ten years.

Civic hacking

  • Two civic hackers talk with Nick Judd about why they slog through all the difficulties involved in working with city governments and trying to use technology to solve civic problems.

  • Socrata has released its open data field guide.

  • Event: Gavin Newsom speaks with Fortune senior editor-at-large Adam Lashinsky in "Angry Birds for Democracy," held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. More information is here; nonmember tickets are $45-$20.

  • Civic hackers built a web platform that allows people to "adopt" a fire hydrant in their neighborhood, promising to dig it out of the snow after a storm. Here's an example of how to promote that type of program. Step one: Get an absurd fire-hydrant costume and some firefighters. (Via Public Innovation)

Apologies for an apologist

  • The Knight Foundation has expressed regret for paying a $20,000 honorarium to serial plagiarist and fabulist Jonah Lehrer for a speech earlier this week. Intended to be a talk focused on decision-making for an audience interested in the information needs of communities, it turned out to concentrate significantly on Lehrer's own foibles.

Around the web

  • The White House Office of Management and Budget has promised to improve the accuracy of USASpending.gov after a Sunlight Foundation report found that agencies had "misreported more than $1.55 trillion," Federal Computer Week reports.

  • Coding is not the be-all and end-all of the tech sector.

  • Rep. Eliot Engel used Twitter to tell NBC that President Barack Obama did, in fact, shake his hand before the State of the Union address. Engel is famous for staking out an aisle seat well in advance of the address in order to be seen on TV, hobnobbing with the commander-in-chief, and it appeared from certain camera angles used in coverage of Tuesday's speech that the president had passed him by.

  • Via Morning Tech: Three more states were hit with fake warnings of a zombie apocalypse.

    Straight from the article:

    In Los Angeles, a radio station that had its alert system breached sent out a zombie message, according to Richard Rudman, a broadcast engineer and vice chair of the California State Emergency Communications Committee. He declined to name the station but said any that were hacked were using default passwords for their alert systems or lacked adequate computer security.

    Shorter version: Anyone wanting to rationalize the militarization of the Internet because of "increasingly sophisticated" attacks on public infrastructure should first take a close look and figure out if the real problem isn't that people are often careless and lazy.

  • Local councils in England are set to screen their meetings online.

  • Winning Valentine's Day: #NOIPickupLines, in which the authors use online organizing jargon to compose a well-tested script before knocking on the doors of your heart.

News Briefs

RSS Feed friday >

First POST: Net Effects

Ballooning digital campaign teams; early registration deadlines kept millions of people from voting in 2012; love letters to Obamacare; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Data-Driven

Get to know Clinton's digital team even better; Ted Cruz election announcement-related fundraising offers peak into the coming data-driven campaign arms race; New York City launches online community engagement pilot program called IdeaScale; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Too Much Information

Will Facebook become the Walmart of News?; Hillary Clinton's digital team; how easy it is to get your hands on 4.6 million license plate scans; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Firsts

Political reporters use Yik Yak to pep up stories about Ted Cruz's campaign announcement; The New York Times, Buzzfeed and National Geographic may agree to let Facebook host their news on its servers; Google fiber users to soon get targeted television ads; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Cowed

TedCruz.com for president; Meerkat fever; who does Facebook work for (probably not you); Medium, "the billionaire's typewriter"; and much, much more. GO

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