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First POST: Open Letters

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 9 2013

(Most) big tech companies come out swinging against the NSA's bulk surveillance programs; Change.org hits the 50 million-user mark; an analysis of Facebook profiles and search data suggests that millions of American men, especially in the south, are still in the closet; and much, much more. Read More

Liberal Not Progressive

BY Editors | Saturday, February 28 2009

Promoted from the user diaries--Micah Hello, my name is Prokofy Neva. That's the name of my Second Life avatar, my avatar's name on some other social media services and virtual worlds, and a kind of "pen name" like O. ... Read More

Daily Digest: We'll Do It Live!

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, May 21 2008

A new Republican group swears web domination is all about the right tools; the presidential race is the best example of the impact of blogging on politics, says Technorati; Jose Antonio Vargas gets introspective about ... Read More

Daily Digest: Non-Conservatives Board the McCain Train

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, May 16 2008

Obama's message to wealthy donors nets a new casualty; a study says most Americans aren't watching online political videos; a nasty, dirty Second Life build; John McCain reaches out to non-conservatives on blogger ... Read More

Daily Digest: Huckabee Is An Ewok?

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, January 22 2008

Jeff Jarvis rounds up the many, many ways to chop, splice, and parse online data about the elections; General JC Christian produces a Second Life parody site devoted to Mike Huckabee; Al Qaeda asks its members to submit ... Read More

Daily Digest: Remember the 5th of November: Paul's Haul

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, November 6 2007

Ron Paul raises $4.3 million online, breaks records, and a collective "wha?" is heard across the land; a Congressman bans all incoming links from Blogspot domains and gets predictably ridiculed; Stephen Colbert drops out ... Read More

Daily Digest: 10/4/07

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, October 4 2007

OffTheBus launches a new wiki tracking presidential campaign staffers; looking at potential FEC violations in candidates' Second Life presences; listing the top-ten anti-Hillary sites, which are collectively raising a ... Read More

Daily Digest: 10/1/07

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, October 1 2007

A new video investigates Rudy Giuliani's "scheduling conflicts" on the day of an African American-themed debate; a video shows that Mitt Romney has invested a tidy sum of money in Iran, despite very public calls for ... Read More

Newt Gingrich Does Second Life

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 28 2007

The way things stand today, doing politics in Second Life is a lot like having sex in a car. Just when things hit a groove, something falls out of whack. Still, when all is said and done, you're glad you did it. Read More

Daily Digest: 7/10/07

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, July 10 2007

The Web on the Candidates More details have emerged about a MySpace-based reality show in development called "Independent." Developed with cooperation from Mark Burnett, whose resume includes "Survivor" and "The ... 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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