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Succeeding Means Letting Go: A Response to David Eaves

BY Tom Steinberg | Thursday, July 26 2012

Responding to David Eaves, mySociety Director Tom Steinberg pulls the lid off of a project in the works: a new open-source component for civic hackers, built by Chile's Ciudadano Inteligente, that will fit into mySociety's new Components framework. "It's because we believe," Steinberg writes, "that the only way that the Components can really thrive beyond our organizations is if they are truly interoperable over the web, truly owned by different people, and if they can handle massively varying political and cultural contexts. It is our goal that in the future any of the Components being used to underpin a website or app can be out and replaced by a clone that speaks the same API, but which may be built by a different group, in a different language. Interoperability and flexibility are everything." Read More

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Is Civic Hacking Becoming 'Our Pieces, Loosely Joined?'

BY David Eaves | Wednesday, July 25 2012

David Eaves writes: "So far, it appears that the spirit of re-use among the big players, like MySociety and the Sunlight Foundation*, only goes so deep. Indeed often it seems they are limited to believing others should re-use their code. There are few examples where the bigger players dedicate resources to support other people's components. Again, it is fine if this is all about creating competing platforms and competing to get players in smaller jurisdictions who cannot finance creating whole websites on their own to adopt it. But if this is about reducing duplication then I'll expect to see some of the big players throw resources behind components they see built elsewhere. So far it isn't clear to me that we are truly moving to a world of 'small pieces loosely joined' instead of a world of 'our pieces, loosely joined.'" Read More

British Civic Hacking Group MySociety Gets $2.9 Million Grant

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, June 27 2012

The Omidyar Network* announced today that it is giving a grant of $2.9 million to mySociety, according to a blog post by Tom Steinberg, the founder and director of mySociety. The grant is tied to mySociety's goal of internationalizing its existing British websites, to help others around the world build sites and applications promoting transparency and accountability, growing a commercial team to help cover the project's as-yet-unfinanced costs, and to grow the impact of the organization's UK sites. Read More

E-Democracy Win: Britain Apologizes to Alan Turing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, September 11 2009

This morning, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an official statement of apology to Alan Turing, a mathematician who led the WWII code-breaking effort that broke Germany's Enigma codes and did pioneering work in ... Read More

Gov 2.0 Summit: Tom Steinberg on .gov Sites as Public Goods

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 9 2009

I'm attending the Gov 2.0 Summit today and tomorrow, and the program is thick with great speakers and topics. Posting may be in snippets. Read More

Qik Takes From the Road: Hamsher, Crawford, Greenwald, Zandt, Newmark and Steinberg

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, June 7 2008

I've been on the road since Thursday, first at a working meeting of the Sunlight Foundation in DC with people working on collaborative governance web designing, and then yesterday in Minneapolis at the National ... Read More