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Weekly Global Readings: Transparency

BY Lisa Goldman and Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, January 30 2013

Does Open Data make development more accountable? Transparency International tries to answer the question, using Colombia as a case study.

The Nieman Journalism Lab reports on a new phone app that helps verify events reported on social media.

Bulgaria held its Big Brother Awards this week. The anti-awards went to the 10 companies, institutions and individuals who have done the most to invade personal privacy.

On Chinese social media, the expression "got invited to tea" is a euphemism used by dissidents indicating they have been called in for questioning by the police.

When security forces failed to arrive after thugs broke into and shot up a Cairo luxury hotel near Tahrir Square this week, hotel staff sent out an SOS via Twitter.

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News Briefs

RSS Feed friday >

First POST: Moneyballed

The Gates Foundation's new "global citizens" email database, and why it's a terrible idea; why young people like the NSA more than older people; using open data about NYC taxi drivers to ID Muslims; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Monkeying

Net neutrality proponents call foul on the GOP's plans; StandUnited.com seeks to be the right's Change.org; tons of civic tech news from mySociety, Chicago and Civic Hall in NYC; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Punch List

Obama's State of the Union and the Internet; how HealthCare.gov shares personal data with third-parties; Facebook says it will give users tools to tag false or hoax content in their News Feeds; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Goggles

More on the shifting net neutrality debate; how Ready for Hillary plans to share its digital assets; the family roots of Civic Hall; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Urgency

How Republicans are starting to embrace net neutrality; more predictions of the blockchain's impact on society; new "innovative communities" legislation in Massachusetts seeks to boost civic tech there; and much, much more. GO

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