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SwiftRiver: Keeping Your Head Above Data

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 1 2010

From the folks behind the crowd-sourcing reporting system Ushahidi comes an announcement that a brand-new version of SwiftRiver has launched. SwiftWha? Here's the scoop: Read More

Fixing Voting One Tweet at a Time

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 21 2010

Jacob Soboroff has posted video of our panel session yesterday at the 140 Character Conference on what one might do with social media and other tech to address flaws in the way America votes (and doesn't vote). Also up ... Read More

Twitter Mobilization Lands Queens Man in FBI Trouble

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 5 2009

Well, this is interesting. The New York Times is reporting that the FBI is pursuing charges against Queens man for, it seems, posting Twitter updates about police actions during G20 Summit protests in Pittsburgh: Read More

Props for Vote Report

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 23 2009

It's an honor just to have been recognized. Naturally, the far more satisfying honor is actually winning the thing, but whatever. We'll take what we can get. [Twitter] Vote/Inauguration Report was named a "notable entry" ... Read More

Deconstructing (Twitter) Vote Report: Lessons Learned and What's Next

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 8 2009

One of things that made the Twitter Vote Report project so darn exciting during the '08 U.S. election also, at times, threatened to pull the whole shebang under. The thing simply had dozens of moving parts. We had people ... Read More

India's Elections: Transparency May Have Been on the March, But Voters Weren't

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 7 2009

A quick check in on what's happening on the online front when it comes to the Indian parliamentary elections. Vote Report India and other online transparency projects have gotten a good deal of positive press attention, ... Read More

Twitter and Politics: What Matt Bai Doesn't Get

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, April 26 2009

First Maureen Dowd writes a (justly parodied) silly diss of Twitter, and now Matt Bai, who covers politics for the Times Sunday Magazine, offers his own misreading of Twitter's importance for politics. Read More

Vote Report Wins the Golden Dot

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 17 2009

We're pleased to announce that Twitter Vote Report has won a Golden Dot Award from the Institute for Politics, Democracy, & the Internet at George Washington University. Vote Report bested all the competition in the ... Read More

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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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