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Democrats Slam GOP's Fake "From" Foolery

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 18 2010

Ruh roh. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee isn't too pleased with the NRCC's fakery involving Nancy Pelosi's "from" address. The DCCC just sent out a fundraising email to its list slamming the ... Read More

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

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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