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Split by SouthWest: My SXSW 2012 Diary

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 15 2012

danah boyd and Alex Howard at SXSW 2012 (Photo by Micah L. Sifry)

PDM editorial director Micah L. Sifry spent last Friday through Monday at South by SouthWest Interactive, attending panels, keynotes and hanging out. Here's his report: SXSW is still a place where sessions packed with thousands of attendees cheer for the iconoclasts and the game-changers. It is also much more of a business networking conference than an internet futurists' playpen. In short, it has a split personality. Read More

P.J. Crowley Knew What He Was Doing

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 19 2011

That's the takeaway from a new profile piece by Ben Smith that highlights Crowley's blunt way of engaging in public dialogue, a trait that ultimately led to his resignation of White House spokesperson: At the State ... Read More

Tweeting Without the Title

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 6 2011

P.J. Crowley -- whom you might remember from his tenure as the spokesperson for the U.S. State Department that ended with his resignation after he called the Defense Department's treatment of alleged Wikileaks leaker ... Read More

Citizen Crowley Tweets

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 17 2011

Answering the question of what happens to a U.S. State Department spokesperson's Twitter account when the spokesperson is no longer a spokesperson, P.J. Crowley posts a note: "I am humbled by the support and ... Read More

In a World Where P.J. Crowley Gets the Boot...

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

Over on HuffPo, our Micah Sifry argues that the resignation of the State Department spokesperson should make anyone who works in the government social media space wonder why they bother. Read More

Philippa Thomas, P.J. Crowley, and the Power of the Blog

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 14 2011

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Quote of the Day: An Era With No Secrets

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 11 2011

There are leaks everywhere in Washington – it’s a town that can’t keep a secret. But the scale is different. It was a colossal failure by the DoD to allow this mass of documents to be transported outside the ... 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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