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Synder's New "Tough Nerd" Trick: Trading Volunteer Activity for a Role in the Campaign

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 18 2010

Rick Snyder, Republican candidate for Governor in Michigan, is adding a collaborative twist to his "One Tough Nerd" campaign. Read More

Small Potatoes

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, February 16 2010

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Going After Lou Dobbs

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, February 16 2010

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The 15,000

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 10 2010

Credit: GRITtv Yesterday's episode of Laura Flanders' daily GRITtv program was on the topic of whether or not the United States Senate ha Read More

Beijing No Match for Na'vi-Loving Netizens

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 5 2010

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Has the Internet Broken America?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 3 2010

The New America Foundation's Robert Wright has a piece on the New York Times' website that asks the provocative question: has the Internet made America ungovernable? If you're interested in the topics we cover here, it's ... Read More

The Congressperson from Craigslist?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, January 29 2010

Over in Utah, some activists looking for someone to willing to challenge Blue Dog Democrat Jim Matheson have taken to running a help wanted ad on Craiglist. Is there a "Dem seeking Dem" category? Here's the ad: ... 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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