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With Quorum, See What (and Who) Makes Congress Tick

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, March 5 2015

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Trying to influence Congress is hard work. You have to know who cares about what issues so you approach the right people. It also helps to know who has the power to actually make waves so you don't waste your time with ineffective members. In January, two Harvard seniors launched an online platform called Quorum that does the bulk of that work automatically, using a number of public data sources.

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First POST: Inners

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, January 16 2015

Dissident Saudi blogger Raif Badawi; the limits of social media-powered protest movements; why California is lagging in opening up government data; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Ubermenschens

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 19 2014

Surge-pricing in effect for Uber privacy violations; why "privacy" policies should be called "data usage" policies; pols silent on Uber mess; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Addressable Transcendence

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, July 22 2014

What San Francisco techies and tenant activists have in common; the future of online political targeting; problems with Washington DC's new open data policies; and much, much more. Read More

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D.C.-based NGO Asks the Crowd to Map an Israel-Palestine Border

BY Lisa Goldman | Monday, December 10 2012

Screenshot from Is Peace Possible.

A Washington, D.C.-based NGO has launched a interactive map called Is Peace Possible that seeks suggestions for a border between Israel and the West Bank via crowdsourcing. Read More

An iPad or 50 Amid a Sea of BlackBerrys

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

iPads, iPhones, and other non-Blackberry personal tech devices are gaining traction in official Washington, reports the Washington Post's Michael S. Rosenwald -- though your call on whether the fact that 50 iPads or ... Read More

Twitter's CEO Guides Senators on More Strategic Tweeting

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 6 2011

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo; photo credit: Joi Ito Twitter's boss met with a large handful of U.S. senators yesterday, reports AdWeek's Dylan Byers. On the agenda, not policy matters, but the matter of follower counts: ... Read More

Who's Who on DC's Tech Scene

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 26 2011

Washingtonian names its "Tech Titans 2011," and in the Gov 2.o and Politicos category we have GSA's Sheila Campbell, Engage DC's Mindy Finn and Patrick Ruffini, and TSA's Blogger Bob, among other familiar ... Read More

"Kind of Ugly on the Inside"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 26 2011

Via Fast Company, Steven Levy's new In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives reports that former Googler Katie Stanton, who briefly made the switch from tech industry to the White House and then the ... Read More

Code for America: Developers Pledge to Connect Citizens, and Each Other, in 2011

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 17 2010

In 2011, a group of 20 technologists across the country will test a theory: Given coding talent and information-technology knowledge, big municipal governments can make their cities better without spending a whole lot of ... Read More