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About That Unfilled U.S. CTO Post

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 14 2009

The Associated Press notes that one step below cabinet-level positions, the Obama Administration has quite a few gaps in its staff line-up. (They've got one particularly striking example in their piece: 19 of the 20 top ... Read More

WaPo Widget Captures the Plodding Pace of Administration Appointments

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 23 2009

Sure, it's the New York Times' digital division that gets New York Magazine photo spreads worthy of Hollywood starlets. Read More

Report: Kundra to Be Named to Muscular U.S. CIO Post

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 5 2009

Washington Post tech reporter Kim Hart, whose piece on Vivek Kundra is probably the defining profile of the former DC CTO, has brought us the latest: Kundra will be appointed by President Obama to the newly-created ... Read More

Hillary Clinton's Inbox: Citizen Suggestions for Wired Diplomacy

BY Tom Watson | Sunday, March 1 2009

Last week, Secretary Clinton's team at the State Department put up a short post on Dipnote, the departmental blog, asking for suggestions on technology and social media. It asked: "How Might the U.S. Utilize Innovative ... Read More

UK Open Government Report: A Blueprint for Obama?

BY Tom Watson | Saturday, February 7 2009

Does Gordon Brown have a digital trick or two to show President Obama? As change and greater digital access to information come slowly to the U.S. Government, it's more than worthwhile to delve into a newly-released beta ... Read More

Daily Digest: New Guard Stumbles Upon a Few Bugs

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, January 23 2009

It was touch and go there for a while. Would Barack Obama emerge victorious from the first major face-off of his presidency? Would he prevail over the dark forces who sought stifle him? Obama for the win! You no doubt ... Read More

Obama Day Two: Towards a More Open and Participatory Govt

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 21 2009

The Obama Administration took its first major steps toward implementing its promise to make government more open and transparent, with two presidential memoranda covering freedom of information, transparency and open ... Read More

Thoughts on the new WhiteHouse.gov

BY Michael Turk | Wednesday, January 21 2009

As Sarah noted yesterday, the White House website got a facelift at 12:01 yesterday as the typically stuffiness of the White House web site smacked headlong into the calming blues of the Obama campaign/transition sites. ... 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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