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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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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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