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BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 30 2009

The White House's new live-streaming channel at reminds me of a funny little story an IBM executive told me this weekend. Her staff, she said, complained that she spent too much of her day away from ... Read More

The Weed Question: An Online Hijacking? Or Democracy in Action?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 27 2009

You may have heard that during yesterday's Open for Questions event at the White House, President Obama interrupted MC Jared Bernstein to address a question that had demonstrated considerable mojo in the online forum. Read More

Tracking the Top Questions on Obama's Online Townhall

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 26 2009

For the record, the top three questions by each sub-topic on today are listed below: Education (465,858 votes on 13,737 questions from 28,425 people) -"The Founding Fathers believed that there is no ... Read More

Liveblogging the White House's "Open for Questions"

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 26 2009

From the Department of If We Don't Do It, Who Will?, Micah and I will be liveblogging the White House's online town hall in which President Obama will take questions from's "Open for Questions" experiment. ... Read More

Getting Our "Open for Questions" Legs: Making Sense of the Experiment

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 26 2009

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the White House new media team is emerging triumphant from...Lemme try again. Like General George Washington's revolutionary soldiers, counted out after their rations dwindled and ... Read More

Pre-Gaming the "Open for Questions" Town Hall

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 25 2009

Tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 11:30 ET, President Obama will return to the White House's East Room where he held a prime time press conference Tuesday night for a somewhat less precedented Q&A: a virtual town hall ... Read More

White House Opens "Open For Questions"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 24 2009

I'm writing from my iPhone so I'll be brief and fill in more late. White House new media staffer and director of citizen engagement has announced that over at they are reviving ... Read More

Government Needs Smart-sourcing, Not Crowdsourcing

BY Pete Peterson | Tuesday, March 24 2009

The prophet is having second thoughts. In comments that have received remarkably scant coverage on this side of the pond, Clay Shirky, while in London last month promoting the release of Here Comes Everybody in ... Read More