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Next-Generation Political Crowdfunding Platforms Reimagine Small Dollar Giving

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, March 13 2015

Pennies can add up. (Wikipedia)

At a Social Media Week event held at Civic Hall last month, Benjamin Yee, a former Democratic campaign fundraiser, asked a conference room full of people if they had ever donated money to a political campaign. Nearly everyone raised a hand. When asked if they felt it had ever made a difference: not a one. Even if someone does feel like they have been a part of something bigger—one of the many small donors who helped carry Barack Obama to victory, for example—that in no way means that the candidate you back knows why you contributed or what you hope they will do once in office. Money talks, but only if you have enough to get a phone call or an invite to a fundraising event. Everything else is just chatter.

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Scoring for Livability: How Place I Live Wants to Empower Homebuyers and Renters

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, February 25 2015

Screenshot of Place I Live ratings for a house in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Nobody ever says “I want to live somewhere with lots of pollution, crime and a high unemployment rate.” That, at least, is the assumption behind Place I Live, a website that aggregates, parses and creates visualizations with open data so potential homebuyers and renters can better understand different neighborhoods. Place I Live relaunched on Open Data Day, February 21, with new data and improved functionality.

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Nancy Pelosi Says On Twitter: "Need to Find Better Solution Than #SOPA"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, November 17 2011

What better place online is there for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to state her position?   Read More

Plea Made to Apple Over 'Gay Alternative' App

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 21 2011

Another dust-up over Apple Inc. allowing a potentially objectionable app into the iTunes store, this time one from Exodus International geared towards "freedom from homosexuality." Change.org has a petition of ... Read More

Question: Does Quora Do Politics? Answer:...

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 17 2011

Photo by Jason Tester

Questions and answers, is there anything simpler in life? Perhaps not, but a humble Q&A platform called Quora is capturing the attention of technologists in a way that makes worth asking, what happens when their political counterparts start working with it?

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When Viral Revolt Runs Smack into China's Great Firewall

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, February 22 2011

China's homegrown 'Twitter,' Sina Weibo; photo credit: Cedric Sam Read More

MyBO Creator Launches Jumo

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 18 2010

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