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Norway Ends Its Experiment With E-Voting

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, June 30 2014

It's not time for e-voting in Norway: the government recently decided to end the trials of the system that was used in elections held in 2011 and 2013, BBC reported on Friday. Read More

The Europe Roundup: Cybercrime in the UK, Ushahidi in Serbia, Big Data in Norway

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, February 10 2012

Photo: Ian Muttoo / Flickr

New anti-cybercrime units in the UK, Ushahidi deployed to track incidents related to severe weather in Greece and Serbia, and a fascinating animation from Norway based on migration data, all in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around Europe. Read More

Social Media Campaigns - Norwegian style

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, September 5 2011

Jon Worth, Pia Guldbransen, Ole Berget and Mudassar Kapur (photo by Alessio Baù) Last week at NordicTechpolitics Norwegian campaign politics had an interesting spot with a panel featuring Pia Gulbrandsen (Labour ... Read More

Nordic Techpolitics in pictures

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, September 5 2011

Have you attended Nordic Techpolitics? Here you can see some pictures from the conference. (photos by Alessio Baù) Read More

[Nordic Techpolitics] If you Love Data... Set Them Free: Lightning Talks on Open Data

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, September 2 2011

Hjlamar Gislason, Datamarket.com (picture by Alessio Baù) “Applications don't necessarily provide transparency, data do.” says Pia Josendal, an open data and semantic web enthusiast that works with linked open ... Read More

Nordic Techpolitics: "Act" is the keyword

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, September 2 2011

"We already paid for the data via the taxes – we need to keep pushing for it, making sure it's usable." Haakon Wium Lie, CTO of Opera Software, dives into his personal story – and part of the story of the Internet ... Read More

Nordic Techpolitics - Oslo, September 2nd

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, August 31 2011

Here's a preview of Nordic Techpolitics, a conference that will focus on how technology is changing politics, government and societies in the Nordic countries. The conference will take place in Oslo, next September 2nd. ... Read More

Nordic Techpolitics in the aftermath of atrocities in Norway

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, July 27 2011

An update from PdF friend Bente Kalsnes on the organization of Nordic Techpolitics, a conference on how technology is changing politics and society in the Nordic countries. The event is organized in collaboration with ... Read More

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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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