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First POST: Oligarchs for a Little Less Corruption

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, April 21 2014

Sean Parker's plans to change US politics; the New York Times' front-pages mesh networking; the Pirate Times reviews the party's impact on the European Parliament; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Cockamamie and Catastrophic

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 9 2014

More fallout from the "Cuban Twitter" misfire; Snowden explains how he is not like Assange; the benefits of open data; and much, much more. Read More

Noveck on Lessons Learned

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

In a 1-2-3-part interview with Asia-based FutureGov, former U.S. Deputy Beth Noveck argues a point that seems to be gaining traction in open government circles: that while the "institutionalization" of open ... Read More

White House Spots Gov't Innovation's Green Shoots

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 18 2011

Over on the White House blog, Aneesh Chopra, the U.S. CTO, and his new deputy Chris Vein pluck out a trio of trends they see "fostering government innovation." Let's call 'em the helpers, the builders, and the ... Read More

White House Taps Top City CIO to Replace Beth Noveck as Deputy CTO for Innovation

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 28 2011

Chris Vein, widely known as the groundbreaking chief information officer for the city of San Francisco, has departed for the White House, you may have heard already from Luke Fretwell at Fedscoop. His new title, ... Read More

W.H. Open Gov Lead on Why She's Headed Back to Academia

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, January 11 2011

Beth Simone Noveck; photo credit: Joi Ito Read More

Deputy U.S. CTO McLaughlin Leaves White House Post

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 23 2010

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PdF '10: Aneesh Chopra on Making Government Work for Us

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 23 2010

In his talk at PdF '10, U.S Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra delivered a progress report on the Obama administration's work to Read More

Consumer Watchdog Reacts to McLaughlin Reprimand

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 20 2010

Consumer Watchdog's reaction to Deputy U.S. CTO Andrew McLaughlin's limited, though inappropriate, contact with his former colleagues at Google is to say that the McLaughlin's Google ties alone were never the problem. Read More

White House Deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin Slapped for Gmailing with Googlers

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 17 2010

A 2008 photo of Andrew McLaughlin taken by Joi Ito, used under a Creative Commons license. Read More

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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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