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PdF Question: How Did the Internet Affect the Health Care Battle of 2009-10?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 22 2010

With the year-long debate over health care reform now entering its denouement (or a new chapter), how do you think the internet affected the course of the political battle? That's the question I just sent to several ... Read More

Can the Internet Counter the Coming Gusher of Money in Politics?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 21 2010

It's interesting to see how the Internet factors into the Supreme Court's earthshaking decision in the Citizens United case to overturn a century's worth of jurisprudence restricting corporate and union money in ... Read More

Let a thousand open gov plans bloom. Or at least 17.

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, December 11 2009

With a degree of coordination more associated with a teenage gymnasts than the United States federal government, in the short time since the Obama White House issued its call for a more open government on Tuesday ... Read More

The open science part of open government

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 9 2009

And another in what might become a series of "trickle down" effects from the Open Government Directive. This one is less unexpected, given that the Office of Science and Technology was intimately involved the ... Read More

Defending Clunkers with a Data Dump

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 9 2009, the Department of Transportation's online home for its Cash-for Clunkers program, has posted the raw data on the nearly 700,000 cars that were traded in during the course of the month-long program. Read More

Sign of the Times

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 19 2009

The description on this New Yorker cartoon says that it's meant to depict corporate executives. Funny, I assumed that it was government folk. Anyway, have a peek. Read More

Run Off an Extra Copy of Transition Meeting Memos, This One for the Public

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, December 8 2008

President-elect Barack Obama wants you in on a meeting. Which meeting? All of them. In its latest bid at transparency and participation, the transition team is putting all the memos, documents, and other written material ... Read More