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Chicago's New CTO Is a 'Smarter Cities' Alpha Geek

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 22 2011

John Tolva, the former director of citizenship and technology at IBM, will be the next chief technology officer for the City of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports. Read More

A Smarter Baltimore, Defined

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 19 2011

Photo: Iracaz / WikimediaThe city of Baltimore should expand its use of social media and allow various agencies' databases to better communicate with one another, according to a report prepared for the city by IBM and ... Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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