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The Floor of the U.S. House in the Palm of Your Hand

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 11 2011

Houselive.gov The office of the clerk of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has released the House's own tablet-friendly website for watching live, streaming video of floor proceedings. Taking a page from ... Read More

'Advances in Technology,' Budget End House Page Program

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 8 2011

House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday announced that the House page program will be shut down. Here's The Hill's take: The program, which has been associated with lawmaker scandals ... Read More

Toward a More Digital Union

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 17 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives is now considering a more digital system of recordkeeping, Federal News Radio reports: The Committee on House Administration wants to move to electronic documents to reduce paper waste ... Read More

The Congressman from Joplin Tweets

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 24 2011

Rep. Billy Long, the congressman representing Joplin, tweeted last March about tornado warning tests. Rep. Billy Long is a professional auctioneer who emerged from an eight-way Republican primary last year to become, ... Read More

Cantor Hands YouCut to 'Tea Party' Freshman

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Then-Minority Leader Eric Cantor introduced the YouCut program last May Majority Leader Eric Cantor is handing the reins of his YouCut online project over to a trio of Republican freshman, reports Politico's Marin ... Read More

U.S. House of Reps Moves to Bake In Stuctured Data

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 29 2011

Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol In a letter released this morning, the House Republican leadership took another step towards institutionalizing openness right into the U.S. House of Representatives, asking the ... Read More

This New House.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 21 2011

The new House.gov, now in a public testing period. The House of Representatives is previewing what its online home will soon look like. Out with the old, in with the new House.gov. After a period of public feedback, the ... Read More

Boehner New Media Director Heads to Chamber

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

Big changes on the Hill new media front: Nick Schaper, who has been serving as Speaker John Boehner's new media director, is moving on to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mike Allen reports he'll be serving there as ... Read More

Pelosi's Health Care Tweet-a-Thon

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

On a day that Liz Taylor's death is leading NYTimes.com, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is "tweeting a benefit of the Affordable Care Act every hour for 24 hours." The health care overhaul bill was signed a ... Read More

Weiner Employs 720-Point Font in 72-Hour Rule Fight

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 17 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) got the U.S. House of Representatives worked up this morning when he challenged House Republicans on whether a bill to defund NPR had been posted online for 72 hours before consideration, a ... 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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