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Why the VA's Blue Button Could Be a Big Deal

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, September 2 2010

The Department of Veterans Affairs is rolling out something called the "Blue Button" that's both drop-dead simple and potentially powerful when it comes managing the health of America's soldiers and vets. Read More

W.H. Open for -- Po' Boy-Related -- Questions

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, August 13 2010

Here's where you go to ask the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, aka NOAA, whether it's safe to eat Gulf Coast shrimp, oysters, and other sea-borne delicacies put at risk by the BP oil ... Read More

White House Debuts "Daily Snapshot" E-Newsletter

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, July 27 2010

As we recently mentioned, the Obama White House has launched a series of weekly emails on various policy topics, starting off with newsletters on energy policy and the economy. Read More

When Bad IT Attacks. Again. And Again.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 22 2010

We were been perhaps premature in awarding our quote of the day earlier. Because this, spoken by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack in a piece on the Shirley Sherrod affair by Glenn Thrush and Ben Smith, is a very, very strong ... Read More

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The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more. GO

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The Sony email leak reveals the MPAA's campaign against Google; how Uber is lobbying in local markets; mapping the #MillionsMarchNYC; and much, much more. GO

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What the Internet is not; new analysis of public opinion on net neutrality; how cloud backup apparently foiled a police coverup; and much, much more. GO

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Is the future of citizen journalism vigilantism?; one tech mogul's vocal support for CIA torture; a cri de couer from the founder of the Pirate Bay; and much, much more. GO

Web Index Sees Impact of Net Neutrality, Surveillance and Copyright Laws

Denmark, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden have come out on top of the Web Index, a ranking of the Web Foundation measuring the economic, social and political benefit that countries gain from the web. The United States is at number six. For the authors of the report accompanying the index, the results reflect how inequality has an impact on access to the web. "Nordic policy-makers have been quick to adopt and promote the free Internet - and open access to information - as a 21st century public good," the report states. " Others, as this year's findings show, need to move fast to catch up." The report attributes the Scandinavian countries' advantage to the countries' broader efforts to invest in public goods and establish a welfare and acting against " excess concentrations of wealth and power." With the lower inequality in those countries than in others, "the skills, means and freedoms to benefit from new technologies are widespread, which helps to explain why Scandinavian countries score highly on the political, social and economic impact of the Web GO

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