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Friday Document Drop: 'Austin Open Government Online'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 18 2011

A heavy chunk of research the City of Austin commissioned as part of its website redesign process went online late last month in the form of a report to a committee of the city's legislature. The city of Austin has been ... Read More

A Legislative Framework in Place, Oklahoma Says OK to Open Data

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 11 2011

Oklahoma joined the ranks of states with open data portals this week when data.ok.gov launched on Wednesday. The portal launch is a splashy public milestone in the long, dull, and generally boring-but-important process ... Read More

DIY Urban Development: Step One is to Start a Facebook Group

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 7 2011

Newcastle, Australia, sounds a bit like Detroit. An industrial city with historic ties to shipbuilding, Newcastle suffered greatly during the decline of first-world manufacturing and the rise of the suburbs; as flight ... Read More

In New Hampshire, Voters Send In the Geeks

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 2 2011

The New Hampshire state legislature, called the General Court, saw an influx of technologists this year. Photo: Joe Hardenbrook / Flickr The New Hampshire state legislature is a whole lot geekier this year. Swept into ... Read More

State-Level Legislatures' Bills to Get First Machine Reading

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 18 2011

Source: OpenGovernment.org State-level open government and open data enthusiasts just got a new experiment to work with, as OpenGovernment.org, a project to provide easier access to information about the deliberations of ... Read More

Seeing the Snow for the Blizzard: Using Mobile for Government Oversight

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 11 2011

Over on his company blog, Mobile Commons*' Jed Alpert has a quick Q&A with the digital editor of WNYC's program The Takeaway, Jim Colgan, about a project the public radio station did to allow New Yorkers to document ... Read More

All Government is Local 2.0: manor.govfresh

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 22 2010

We're pleased to repost this first-hand report on the Manor GovFresh conference that just concluded in Texas, from PdF friend Jon Lebkowsky. Read More

eDem10: A Look at Best Methods for Democratic (and Undemocratic) e-Participation

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 6 2010

I'm in Krems, Austria for the two-day eDemocracy2010 conference (hashtag #eDem10), where I'll be giving a keynote talk tomorrow on "The Promise and Contradictions of e-Democracy, Obama-Style." The conference brings ... Read More

Microsoft's Move Towards We-Gov Continues

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, April 28 2010

Yesterday, Microsoft launched a state-by-state directory of the social media accounts of public officials and agencies at the local and state level. Read More

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New Pew Report on "Govt Online" Shows Big Citizen Participation But Little Govt Engagement

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 27 2010

"The more we can enlist the American people to pay attention and be involved, that's the only way we are going move an agenda forward. That's how we are going to counteract the special interests." --Barack Obama, ... Read More

News Briefs

RSS Feed monday >

First POST: Front Pagers

How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Tracking

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Hosts

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Africa Calling

How some techies are starting to respond to the Ebola crisis; everything you need to know about GamerGate; how Twitter may upset the 2015 UK elections; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Burrowing

How Democratic candidates down-ballot are getting access to the same voter targeting tools used by larger campaigns; Microsoft Bing rolls out its election prediction program; Edward Snowden's first emails to Laura Poitras; and much, much more. GO

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