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UK Home Office Considers Mapping Faces of Criminals

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 27 2011

The United Kingdom's Police.uk crime mapping website may be expanded to include photographs of offenders and more details about their offences, the BBC reported Sunday. The BBC gave a tip of the hat to the Sunday Times, ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Europe gets geeks - does it, really?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, June 21 2011

EU | Europe gets geeks - does it, really? The Digital Agenda Assembly concluded its works last week gathering 1300 people from over Europe to discuss the key points of the Digital Agenda, the EU strategy for the digital ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: MySociety.org Evaluation Reports

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, June 17 2011

UK | mySociety.org evaluation reports After years of successful projects aimed at raising civic awareness, mySociety.org commissioned a detailed analysis of two of its most successful projects, TheyWorkForYou and ... Read More

Think Globally, Tweet Locally: British Town Council In Midst of 24 Hours of Tweets

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, March 3 2011

Boring but important: The Walsall Town Council took to Twitter March 24 to explain its value to citizens, 140 characters at a time. One of the weirdly great things about the rising significance of the Internet in daily ... Read More

British Austerity Battle Takes Up "Facts on Fees"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, December 10 2010

Tories in the British government are rather chuffed with the response to their online campaign called "Fact on Fees," an attempt to push the conservative take on tuition increases for universities in the UK. Read More

A Spot of Tech with the PM's Toast

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 14 2010

From the UK Conservatives' Flickr feed: "The Prime Minister David Cameron has a piece of toast and checks the web on an iPad." Read More

Listen: National Archives' Digital Services Director on the UK's New Leg Site

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, August 19 2010

Here's a bit more on the UK's new legislative website I noted yesterday: O'Reilly Radar's Alex Howard has a 19-minute audio interview with John Sheridan, the National Archives' (UK) head of e-services in which Sheridan ... Read More

The UK Gets Its Law Dot Gov

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, August 18 2010

The United Kingdom's National Archives has launched Legislation.gov.uk, an online home for legislation from 1267 to the present day. That's not a typo. That's just an old, old country. Read More

Thank You for Not Emailing

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, August 10 2010

British MP Dominic Raab; photo by Miki Yamanouchi 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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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

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