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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

House Energy & Commerce Considers White House Visitor Logs

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 3 2011

For your viewing pleasure this morning, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will take up the question of whether the Obama White House's online posting of visitor logs is the ... Read More

Warren Brings Her Consumer Watchdoggery to the Web

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 3 2011

The Consumer Financial Protection Board introduced itself to the Internet today. // Image credit: Anthony Russomano Read More

Trend Watch: Toward a 21st Century Bureaucracy

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, January 18 2011

President Obama signs the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, a bill that calls for new regulation of the U.S. food supply. Read More

Your Assignment: Spot Check Stimulus Spending

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, July 21 2009

As of July 10th, more than $64 billion in stimulus spending has rolled out of the federal treasury, and construction projects are taking place across the country. At least we think they are. Read More

Recovery Board Depends on Sunlight's SOO

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 17 2009

An interesting Recovery.gov-related detail bubbles up from our comments. I noted in a post yesterday that the Recovery and Accountability Transparency Board had posted the Statement of Objectives for the multi-million ... Read More

Recovery.gov's Multi-Million Dollar Redesign Project Had Few Takers

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 16 2009

Recovery.gov, it seems, had very few invitations to the dance to chose from. 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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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

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