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Civic Literacy and Digital Engagement

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 12 2009

An encouraging sign from the increasingly wired White House that they're hearing the critique that not everyone in the circa-2009 U.S. is ready or able to engage online -- submitting YouTube questions to the President ... Read More

The Idea Seems to Have Legs (and, Perhaps, Fins)

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 8 2009

Richard Stirling of the British Government's Cabinet Office is musing about what a "UK version of" might look like. (via The Guardian) What makes the prospect of government-run data hub across the pond ... Read More

When TED Went to State

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 5 2009

Video of this week's TED@State talks has yet to pop up, but editor Emily McManus has helpfully blogged what the State Department was calling the first ever U.S. government-sponsored TED talks. Read More

Guest Post: Jerry Brito Tells How to Fix

BY Jerry Brito | Thursday, June 4 2009

Jerry Brito is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the creator of, an easy-to-use alternative interface to the official site. Read More

The White House Blogger(s), Unmasked

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 3 2009

The White House has made a small tweak that David Weinberger and others have called for in this space: personalizing the White House blog by naming their bloggers. Welcome to the sunlight, Jesse et al. Read More

Redesigning SCOTUS (and the Birth of the Open Court Movement?)

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 3 2009

Besides the fact that it's an eyesore and it doesn't function very well...nope, any way you slice it, the website of the Supreme Court of the United States doesn't match up with the institution's imminence, history, and ... Read More

Transportation Safety Board Begins Posting All Accident Reports

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 2 2009

One more quick one from what might be worth calling the "open agency movement": open-access advocate Gavin Baker points out that the National Transportation Safety Board has, as of this week, begun pro-actively ... Read More

FDA Aims to Shine Light on the Drug Approval Process

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 2 2009

The somewhat beleaguered Food and Drug Administration, reports the New York Times' Gardiner Harris, is setting up a "Transparency Task Force" to examine how the FDA can more fully open up its operations to the ... Read More