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Teen Texts May Be Preserving Endangered Languages

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

McClatchy Newspapers' Tim Johnson writes that teenagers using regional languages in text messages may keep them from "forsaking their native tongues for dominant languages:" Linguist Samuel Herrera said he was elated to ... Read More

Do Lawmakers' Texts During Public Meetings Become Public Documents?

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 27 2011

The New Hampshire Union Leader's Beth LaMontagne Hall reports on some navel-gazing in Manchester, N.H., over texting during public meetings: During the June 12 Board of School Committee meeting, [Mayor Ted] Gatsas ... Read More

A Call for Saner Texting Economics

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 9 2011

The folks over at Revolution Messaging, which grew out of the Obama campaign and has come specialize in using mobile communications and other digital tools to advance political causes, are aruging that in the United ... Read More

Mobile Lobby Asks FEC to Okay Donation-by-Text

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 17 2010

Photo credit: Moritz Petersen Politico's Kim Hart reports that the cellular lobby is asking federal regulators to okay the collection of Read More

"This is Jerry McEntee"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 29 2010

Here's an update to how mobile is being harnessed in the election of a new Secretary-Treasurer at the AFSCME convention taking place this week in Boston. Read More

Mobile Organizing AFSCME's Big Election

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 29 2010

Lee Saunders is, as I mentioned, doing some intriguing stuff with mobile in his bid to grab hold of the Secretary-Treasurer seat with the union behemoth AFSCME. Read More

SCOTUS: Tech-Dumb Like a Fox?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 20 2010

The Wall Stree Journal's Ashby Jones has some fun at the expense of the Supreme Court justices. In yesterday's oral arguments in the case over the privacy of a police officer's texting, some of the berobed nine asked ... Read More

California Reformers Struggle Against Lobbyist-to-Lawmaker Texting

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 3 2010

Across the country we've been seeing good government reformers slowly coming to the terms with the fact that existing electronic discolsure laws are about as effective at ensuring transparency as a water gun is at ... Read More

Keeping Up with the JONESES: The State of Texting in 2009

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 24 2010

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Civil Society, Text by Text

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, November 4 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in conjunction with the office of special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, is about five days into an experiment mobile phones to build civil society in ... Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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