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Zittrain Appointed FCC Distinguished Scholar

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

Jonathan Zittrain, a leading academic voice on the future of the Internet, has been named the Federal Communication Commission's "Distinguished Scholar." Zittrain will serve in the agency's Office of Strategic ... Read More

Lessig, Zittrain, McLaughlin, and Solomon Talk Internet Off Buttons

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 1 2011

Over on Al Jazeera, Larry Lessig, Jon Zittrain, Andrew McLaughlin, and Access's Brett Solomon discuss "the politics of the 'Internet Kill Switch,'" as in the idea that a society could have one or a few ... Read More

PdF '10: John Perry Barlow Predicts the Rise of the City-State

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 9 2010

John Perry Barlow has been thinking about the interplay between cyber space and our offline civic spaces since before most of us had a clue about what "cyber space" meant. Read More

"'I Make Websites' is No Longer Sufficient"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 4 2010

Susan Crawford told the crowd assembled at PdF '10 this morning that the days of technologists ignoring the politics of the technology landscape are over. "The Jimmy Wales response [of] 'I make websites,'" said ... Read More

The Future of Net Neutrality

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 5 2010

Worth mentioning here on the blog that there's a battle brewing this week over whether the Federal Communications Commission is going to assert some authority over broadband Internet or chose to accept a diminished ... Read More

UK's New "Digital Economy" One Step Closer to Law

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 8 2010

While noting that the pared-down version of the Digital Economy Bill that passed through the House of Commons under wash up last night might be a damp squib, the Guardian (UK) is still generally up in arms abou Read More

White House Has Vision of Open Internet, Talkie Boxes

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 22 2009

Barack Obama made his first public comment on Julius Genachowski's proposed open Internet -- a.k.a. net neutrality -- regulations, in a speech announcing the White House's new national innovation strategy delivered in ... Read More

Open Internet Has a Posse

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 21 2009

We mentioned this down below, but it's worth devoting its own post to. In conjunction with chairman Julius Genachowski speech on net neutrality at Brookings this morning, the Federal Communications Commission launched a ... Read More

Slaying the Cookie Monster

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 24 2009

How to make use of the plus side of web cookies -- the nearly magical way they know where you've been and where you might like to go next -- without the unpleasant privacy implications is a question the Obama White House ... Read More

Obama's Patent Chief Choice Has Known Collaborative Tendencies

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 19 2009

The White House has made an intriguing pick with nominating David Kappos to head up the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Kappos is well-known in the patent world as both a patent reformer in general and, from his ... 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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