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Web Filtering in One Virginia County's Schools "Gets Better"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 27 2011

A follow up on that ACLU project that asked kids to test whether gay-related sites, including the "It Gets Better" video effort, were being blocked on their schools' computers: school officials in Prince William County, Virginia, dropped the LGBT filter there, saying that "the review process determined that this filter can be removed without compromising the mandatory state and federal legal obligations to block objectionable content."

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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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