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Deputy U.S. CTO McLaughlin Leaves White House Post

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 23 2010

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Twitter Gets a DC Staff(er)

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 4 2010

Twitter, you might recall, has been looking for just the right person to start up its DC efforts. Meet Adam Sharp. Sharp, according to his LinkedIn bio, has recently been serving in the digital wing of C-SPAN's ... Read More

Facebook: Cambridge, Palo Alto, Washington DC

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, October 26 2010

Facebook's Washington DC outpost is, reports Politico's Tony Romm, but a tiny operation that was born, rather fittingly, in a dorm-roomesque fashion: Read More

An Evening with Facebook and Politico

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 29 2010

More in this theme of tech companies' DC outposts hosting political events in the run-up to the mid-terms, Facebook and Politico are teaming up for an October 25th evening event to examine "the innovative ways ... Read More

Why the Press Buy Haystacks

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 14 2010

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The FCC Tweets Its #ThirdWay Plan for Broadband

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 6 2010

Of important policy note is that the Federal Communications Commission just announced its plan to regulate broadband Internet as a "Title II" service, with some dialing back of its authorities on some of the ... Read More

Net Neutrality Legislation Returns, But to a Different Playing Field

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, August 3 2009

There might be one silver lining in Apple's shut-out of Google Voice from its iTunes store. Read More

Daily Digest: The "Obama Internet" Moment?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, December 16 2008

The "Obama Internet" Moment?: The New York Times editorial board is urging President-elect Obama to embrace the idea that restoring the U.S.'s rightful place at the vanguard of the Internet could be a ... 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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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

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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