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In Brooklyn, Testing a Texting Platform That Connects Locals, Representatives & Community Leaders

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, July 14 2014

The neighborhoods in Brooklyn where Heartgov is being tested.

Civic engagement shouldn't be a one way street. In New York City, for example, you can text 311 to report something like a pot hole, but what if you wanted to start a dialogue about charter schools in your neighborhood? The information hotline wasn't built to handle conversations like that, but a new text message-based platform called HeartGov is.

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Why the Press Buy Haystacks

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 14 2010

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Correction: Rep. Jack Kimble Isn't Among 14th Amendment Repealers

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, August 4 2010

The Twitter page of Rep. Jack Kimble, who is not an actual person. My friends, Rep. Jack Kimble has just entered the surreal zone. Read More

There's No "W" in Twitter

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 3 2010

Nope, it's not George W. Bush. (Background here.) Read More

Lies, Damn Lies, and Two Million on the Mall

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 15 2009

For whatever reason, this random bit of recently-aquired political trivia keeps coming to mind today: when Romanian dictator and all-around murderous bully Nicolae Ceausescu got tired of attending rallies and other ... Read More

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How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. GO

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Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. GO

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How some techies are starting to respond to the Ebola crisis; everything you need to know about GamerGate; how Twitter may upset the 2015 UK elections; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Burrowing

How Democratic candidates down-ballot are getting access to the same voter targeting tools used by larger campaigns; Microsoft Bing rolls out its election prediction program; Edward Snowden's first emails to Laura Poitras; and much, much more. GO

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