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Can Online Politics Be Local?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, October 5 2010

What makes "Facebook politics" inadaquete, muses Princeton's Julian Zelizer, is that it's not tied to particular spot on the map, which has always been the point around which social organizing pivots: The most ... Read More

The Things You Can Pick Up in a Bathroom

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 4 2010

The AP digs into the mystery of why a Senate candidate might post a "Text FLUSH to Robin" sign in a bathroom in violation of what must be some advertising world maxim about not associating your product with ... Read More

Get Gladwell Direct

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 29 2010

Malcolm Gladwell's "Short Change" piece on the failings of social-media infused activism has sparked some energetic discussion this week. Here's your chance to talk it over with Gladwell himself. He'll be doing ... Read More

Whose Online Base is Bigger, Contd.

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 28 2010

I'm glad to see my friends Mindy Finn and Patrick Ruffini responding to my post yesterday "Tea Party vs Netroots; Rs vs Ds: Whose Online Base is Bigger?" And I don't mind at all that they're disagreeing with my questions ... Read More

The Strength of Tweet Ties

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 28 2010

Down in our comments, North Carolina organizer and general online doer Ruby Sinreich points to a nice post from University of Maryland (Baltimore) sociologist Zeynep Tufekci in which she makes a learned case that Malcolm ... Read More

Trouble in the Land of Wikileaks

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 28 2010

Wired.com's Kevin Poulsen, who has been on the Wikileaks story like white on rice, joins up with his colleague Kim Zetter to report on the apparent internal complications inside the ad hoc Wikileaks organization: Read More

Quote of the Day III: The Tech Arms Race

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 27 2010

It's the nature of politics. Things leapfrog.   Read More

Quote of the Day: Axelrod on Speed

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 27 2010

You can start a race up much more quickly than you can in the past. Read More

Malcolm Gladwell Searches Twitter for '60s Activism

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 27 2010

Slactivism gets the Malcolm Gladwell treatment in his new New Yorker piece out today. 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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