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Obama Campaign Debuts Mobile Canvassing App

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 31 2012

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released an upgraded version of a canvassing iPhone app Tuesday that includes detailed voter data and the history of a household being canvassed. Read More

A Platform to Robo-Call Politicians For Once, Not the Other Way Around

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 15 2011

Anyone who's ever fielded a call on their phone only to find the pre-recorded voice of a Bill Clinton or Rick Scott on the other end of the line will appreciate this one: Anti-robocall activists Shaun Dakin and Aaron ... Read More

Al Franken, the QR Code

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 14 2011

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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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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

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