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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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First POST: System-Gaming

Why techies interested in political reform are facing challenges; the latest data on Democratic voter contacts in 2014; Hungary's anti-Internet tax demonstrations are getting huge; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Gimme Shelter

The link between intimate partner violence and surveillance tech; the operational security set-up that connected Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden; how Senate Dems are counting on tech to hold their majority; and much, much more. GO

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Edward Snowden on the Internet's impact on political polarization; trying to discern Hillary Clinton's position on NSA reform; why Microsoft is bullish on civic tech; and much, much more GO

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How voter data-sharing among GOP heavyweights is still lagging; why Facebook's News Feed scares news publishers; Google's ties to the State Department; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Spoilers

How the GOP hasn't fixed its tech talent gap; the most tech-savvy elected official in America, and the most tech-savvy state-wide candidate; and much, much more. GO

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