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Post-NEA, Could W.H. Lawyers' Warnings Put Engagement on Ice?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 25 2009

Yesterday, theWhite House Counsel's Office made the logical, predictable, and cautious move of reacting to criticisms over the appropriateness of a call between NEA-affiliated artists and the White House's Office of ... Read More

How Does a Project Like Peer-to-Patent Justify Its Keep?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 22 2009

(Source: Peer-to-Patent Second Anniversary Report, Center for Patent Innovations at New York Law School) Read More

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

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 TED.com editor Emily McManus has helpfully blogged what the State Department was calling the first ever U.S. government-sponsored TED talks. Read More

OTA 2.0: Reviving the Expert Agency with a New Public Participation Component

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 15 2009

Tech and science-minded types within the Beltway get a bit misty-eyed discussing the Office of Technology Assessment. OTA wasn't perfect, but during its 23 year run from 1972 to 1995, the small agency provided Congress ... Read More

Three Months and Eleven Bills In, Obama Falls Short of His Five-Day Transparency Pledge

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 15 2009

Of the eleven bills that Barack Obama has signed in his three months as president, six have been posted to WhiteHouse.gov to allow the public a chance to review the bill and offer comments. Only one bill -- extending the ... Read More