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Did the W.H. Visualize a Meatier State of the Union?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 26 2011

A visualization employed by the Obama White House during their "enhanced" State of the Union feed explains that salmon are regulated by two different federal agencies, depending on the salinity of the water in ... Read More

The State of the Union is...Annotated.

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, January 24 2011

Image via the White House President Obama would like to show a chart. Or two. Read More

The Obama White House's Full-Internet SOTU Press

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, January 21 2011

The Obama White House has rolled out a web page capturing all the online action they're leading around Tuesday's State of the Union address. Read More

"First Question" with Gibbs Gets Place in White House Rotation

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 29 2010

Macon Phillips, the man in charge of the White House's new media operations, states on the White House blog that yesterday's "First Question" with Robert Gibbs, collected through Twitter, won't be some one-off ... 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

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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