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In a Year of Local Labor Battles Nationwide, A Major Union Doubles Down Online

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 15 2011

Union protesters rally against Ohio Senate Bill 5 in March. Union staffers nationwide say their members have moved increasingly online throughout this year's fights over state budgets and collective bargaining rights. ... Read More

Craig Newmark Campaigns for Military Families

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Today, Craig Newmark of craigslist announced in a blog post that he will be using his new craigconnects initiative to bolster the work of folks who are supporting veterans and military families. Announced in March, ... Read More

Jim Gilliam's Viral Video as 'Radical Sincerity'

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 8 2011

Jim Gilliam. Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Forum Yesterday, Jim Gilliam demonstrated the power of something one could maybe call "radical sincerity." Read More

Digital Dissent Shapes Singapore Election

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 27 2011

Singapore -- a land where losing six seats out of 87 counts as a major challenge to the ruling Peoples' Action Party -- commentators are embracing the idea that citizens used digital media to inject oppositional thoughts ... Read More

Getting All the World to Strike in Raleigh: Lessig Calls for Campaign Against N.C. Muni Broadband Bill

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 20 2011

Photo credit: Graeme Pow Famed law professor and activist Larry Lessig is harnessing his new Rootstrikers brand to go after something close to his online audience's heart -- a bill in North Carolina passed by the state ... Read More

"#UnfollowedGhonimBecause"

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 19 2011

On Global Voices, Amira Al Hussaini explains the #UnfollowedGhonimBecause hashtag floating around, having to do with the former Google exec turned Egyptian revolution figure who, in fact, earned a mention in Obama's big ... Read More

The Long Campaign

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 19 2011

Over on the Wall Street Journal, deputy editorial page editor Daniel Henninger floats the idea that team Obama is eager to get the '12 campaign started because, in short, David Plouffe "saw early on that no ... Read More

Obama '12 Email Offer: Get Your $15 "Long Form" Mug

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The Obama '12 operation hit some portion of its email list with a fundraising ask that can probably fairly be called rather cheeky: for $15, according to one version of the email, you can get yourself a mug featuring ... Read More

Hitting Issa's Wall to Call for FCC Commish Investigation

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 13 2011

House oversight chief Darrell Issa is getting harangued on his Facebook wall over FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker's announcement that she's going to work at Comcast a few months after voting to approve the ... Read More

Adriel Hampton is Joining NationBuilder

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 6 2011

Gov2.0Radio's Adriel Hampton, formerly with the San Francisco City Attorney, will join Jim Gilliam's NationBuilder project as its chief organizer, Gilliam told me in a Twitter direct message. Hampton is a well-known ... 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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