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ALEC Weighs In On Federal Online Privacy Debate

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, April 6 2012

The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council urged the Commerce Department this week to stick to a market-oriented approach to privacy regulation as the administration corrals the private sector to adopt best ... Read More

FIRST POST: To Your Health

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, March 23 2012

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Today's news: A look at what the Obama team is doing online to publicize the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act as it heads to the Supreme Court; the Federal Communications Commission is working with ISPs on the steps they should take to fight botnets; A re-design of New York City's 911 emergency call system is $1 billion over budget and seven years behind schedule, the Massachusetts State Treasurer and a former campaign trail opponent fight over his Facebook page, and more. 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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