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High Tech Volunteering Blooms With National Day of Civic Hacking

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, May 31 2013

It's almost upon us: The National Day of Civic Hacking -- well the national weekend of civic hacking really. It's a series of co-ordinated events across the country that asks civilians to get together to create useful ... Read More

A New App to Explain Voter ID Laws

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, July 17 2012

A new online application aims to answer questions about voter eligibility by explaining what kind of identification voters need to get to the ballot in every state. Called the Cost of Freedom App, it's the brainchild of Faye Anderson, a voting rights activist based in Philadelphia. The app has new relevance because of voter identification laws going into effect in Pennsylvania this year. In March, the Republican-controlled legislature passed a law requiring voters to have a photo ID in order to cast their vote. Bloomberg recently reported that 750,000 Pennsylvanians might be denied a chance to vote because they don't have a driver's license or alternate form of identification. Read More

Civic Hackers in the U.S. and Russia Asked to 'Code4Country'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 9 2011

In the past few years, groups of civic-minded programmers have shown that when they get together to write code, they can build things that change anything from the way people respond to natural disasters to how they ... Read More