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First POST: Unequal Relationships

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, July 11 2014

A rush to legislate new data collection law in the UK is drawing pushback; how the cellphone unlocking movement is a great example of "internet activism"; why journalists should fear Facebook; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Malala, Malia

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 14 2013

The Snowden backlash is getting bigger; Malala tells the Obamas (and Malia) what she thinks of US drone strikes; and HealthCare.gov mess gets the New York Times' front-page treatment; and much, much more. Read More

How to Spot Romney's Vice President Pick in Advance

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 6 2012

If past history is any guide, the tip-off to Mitt Romney's choice for his running mate may come from watching the Wikipedia pages of the likely contenders — and spotting a last-minute surge in edits. Read More

What Do Michele Bachmann and Ozzy Osbourne Have In Common?

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 20 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Ozzy Osbourne are both riding the crazy train straight to the bank, political science professor Justin Buchler suggests in a new article in "The Forum," a Berkeley Electronic Press ... Read More

The Time Sarah Palin's Sudden Celebrity Crashed Alaska's Website

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

Flash back to 2008, when John McCain named Sarah Palin his vice presidential nominee. She was a relative unknown in national politics, and the sudden deluge of interest about her focused especially in one place — ... Read More

Palin Emails Will Be a Searchable Database

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 1 2011

Alaska will release thousands of pages of Sarah Palin's emails from her time as governor. Wait, what? Pages? Emails are electronic — why should there be pages at all? Turns out that the Alaskan state government ... Read More

DMing with Strangers

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 24 2011

The Daily Caller's Jonathan Strong is running with a cache of Twitter direct messages sent by Sarah Palin aide Rebecca Mansour to someone she "thought was a friend," brief notes that reveal Mansour's thinking ... Read More

Election 2012: It's Not Facebook. It's the Data, Stupid.

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 20 2011

Now that President Obama, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty have all declared their intentions to run for President in 2012 and rolled out their initial campaign ... Read More

Palin Upgrades SarahPAC Site

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

Politico's Andy Barr reports: Sarah Palin rolled out a new website for her PAC on Monday with significantly more content and features, along with a vehicle for Palin to start gathering email addresses and information ... Read More

Quote of the Day II: Palin Counts on Her @ Factor

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 17 2011

I look at those poll numbers and I say if I’m going to do this then obviously I have to get out there... I can’t rely on a liberal leaning press to do that for you. That’s why social media is going to be so ... 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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