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Civic Hackers in the U.S. and Russia Asked to 'Code4Country'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 9 2011

In the past few years, groups of civic-minded programmers have shown that when they get together to write code, they can build things that change anything from the way people respond to natural disasters to how they ... Read More

They're Coming to America.gov No More

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

This is at least a little interesting. So, America.gov was a site launched in 2008 by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to serve as a multi-language online home for the State Department's public diplomacy ... Read More

After Attacks, Change.org Asks 'Where's the State Department?'

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

Photo credit: Meneer De Braker Yesterday, we noted that Change.org was reporting that it was the victim of a distributed denial of service attack originating from China, and was calling on the State Department for help ... Read More

Foggy Bottom's Very Own Facebook

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

No, not really. But Gadi Ben-Yehuda of IBM Center for The Business of Government walks through the making of Corridor, which seems to be the U.S. State Department's new Wordpress-based internal social network. The goal, ... Read More

The Funding of Internet Freedom

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

Bloomberg's Nicole Gaouette and Brendan Greeley run down the state of play on the State Department's funding for online circumvention tools and other projects designed to advance "Internet freedom" around the ... Read More

Change.org Asks for State Department Help Fending Off Chinese Hackers

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 19 2011

Photo credit: sanfamedia.com Change.org says that they're the victim of a distributed denial of service attack perpetrated by "Chinese hackers." The target, it seems, is a petition that is calling for the ... Read More

Ecuador Says Wikileak'd Cables Make U.S. Ambassador No Longer Welcome

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 5 2011

Ecuador Vice President Lenín Moreno and U.S. Ambassador Heather Hodges in an August 2008 photo; photo credit: The Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador. Reuters is reporting that U.S. Ambassador Heather Hodges, a ... Read More

There's More to "Internet Freedom" than Circumvention, Says a Talkative State Department

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 24 2011

As the profile rises of the U.S. State Department's "Internet freedom" agenda, it's attracting critique and critics, like parsings by Evgeny Morozov or the battle happening now on the Hill over whether some of ... Read More

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Resigns After Wikileaks

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 21 2011

Carlos Pascual, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, resigned yesterday after Wikileak'd cables that spelled out his doubts about Mexico's institutional capacity to counter drug crimes exacerbated tensions between him and ... Read More

The Internet Comes to Turkmenistan

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 18 2011

The U.S. Embassy Ashgabat gives a peek inside this week's "First Time Online for Women" program, wherein Turkmen women and girls get introduced to the Google. According to the CIA World Fact Book, there are ... Read More