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On Kurds, Data, and the Press

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 15 2010

Evidence in support of the argument that the audience for open government data can, quite usefully, be the "mainstream media": an article in today's New York Times' on Americans profiting from Kurdish oil ... Read More

ProPublica's Reporting Network Spot-Checks First Wave of Stimulus Construction

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, August 19 2009

ProPublica's Reporting Network is the non-profit news group's nascent attempt to tap into the eyes and ears of interested amateurs. Or at least interested reporters not on ProPublica's payroll. 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

Clearing the Cache: Palin's Facebook Pals Soar

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, July 6 2009

U.S. bloggers like WhiteHouse.gov. A lot more than a year ago, Morningside Analytics shows (with pretty pictures, too). Read More

Toward Bigger and Bolder Collaborative Disclosure

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 20 2009

CJR's Clint Hendler profiles what ProPublica has been up to regarding amassing and posting the White House ethics and financial disclosure forms that the executive would rather dribble out upon request. From the White ... Read More

Requested Once, Read Forever: ProPublica Shortcuts White House's Disclosure Plan

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 9 2009

The White House recently took a sizable step in the direction of openness by putting up a handy online form through which anyone can request the financial and ethics disclosure forms for White House officials. Type in ... Read More

Clearing the Cache: What If President Obama Twittered?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 17 2009

Politico asks "Are Politicians Spamming YouTube?" Um, Is the Pope Catholic? Federal Computer Week is on Vivek Kundra watch duty. So is InformationWeek, but befitting their name, their information is weak... Read More

Three Modest Proposals for Online Journalism's Future

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 16 2009

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed that I spent my lunch hour at the Open Society Institute today for a talk on "The Future of News" by Paul Steiger, the longtime managing editor of the Wall Street ... 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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