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As Citizens Look for Hurricane Information Online, Governments Scramble to Deliver

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 26 2011

NASA footage of astronauts observing Hurricane Irene on Thursday from the International Space Station. Just one day before a major hurricane is expected to rake the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard and days after the ... Read More

Accidental Transparency and Institutional Change

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 7 2011

After Republicans took over both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly, N.C. Coalition on Lobbying and Government Reform Director Jane Pinsky writes today in a Charlotte Observer op-ed, they promised to be open, ... Read More

North Carolina Town Commission Swaps Paper for iPads

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 30 2011

The town commission of Cornelius, N.C., has gone completely paperless: each commissioner now has a town-owned iPad, with meeting agendas, maps and worksheets served up through proprietary software. The Herald Weekly of ... Read More

The Political Fight Over Public Broadband Arrives in Wisconsin

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 13 2011

Ars Technica has an in-depth look at a legislative battle now in progress over the fate of a public broadband network for Wisconsin's state schools and libraries: As we go to press with this story, WiscNet is negotiating ... Read More

Daily Digest: The Online Cacophony Gets the Vanity Fair Treatment

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, May 1 2008

A fury over robo-calls in NC; Slate's history of the Democratic race; James Wolcott on the growing schism in the Democratic party; a March Madness-inspired game lets you pick McCain's running mate; Lookforgood.org wants ... Read More

Daily Digest: Who Wants Obama's Waffles?

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 24 2008

An eager diner-goer auctions off Barack Obama's half-eaten waffle; Google bombing the truth about Obama; Steve Grove starts blogging; John McCain fights the North Carolina GOP about a new TV ad; a prescient Obama memo ... Read More

Yahoo Buzz: Nationwide, PA, NC

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 8 2008

I got my meathooks on some juicy new Yahoo! Buzz data showing voters’ searching trends nationally, in Pennsylvania, and in North Carolina. Also, to get a sense of how the web aligns with offline opinion and how it ... Read More

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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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