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Budget Chair Paul Ryan Takes Us, Once Again, to the Movies

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 25 2011

House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan is back in front of the cameras, this time pushing back against criticisms of his plan for Medicare that have resonated everywhere from New York's 26th district's special election ... Read More

"YouTube Town Hall" Launches for Congressional Clips

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The company's new head-to-head video platform officially rolls out this morning, via Morning Tech: YouTube Town Hall is an online platform for members of Congress to debate and discuss the most important issues of the ... Read More

For a Second Year, House Republicans Compete to Win the Internet

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Rep. Cathy McMorris, the House Republican Conference's vice chair, manages to blend an announcement of the kick-off of the second annual GOP New Media Challenge with some digs that the online performance of her ... Read More

Nearly Six Million Views on Obama's WHCA Jokes

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 3 2011

Barack Obama is having a history-making week in yet another way. On Saturday night, President Obama delivered a humorous speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner at the same time, we now know, he was overseeing ... Read More

Iowa Gov to Host Weekly YouTube Address

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, April 28 2011

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, is starting his own weekly video address, according to an AP item in the Chicago Tribune today. Branstad will be soliciting questions via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, then ... Read More

Jim Messina, Video Star?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Remember the kerfuffle from a few weeks ago over the fact that the Obama '12 campaign's video announcement didn't seem to be getting watched all that much, which was taken as a possible sign that that organization's ... Read More

Before the World Knew What "Macaca" Was

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Slate's Chris Wilson makes the case that Wikipedia's serving up some misleading revisionist history when it comes to George Allen's famous YouTube moment. Read More

New Rules in India Tighten Limits on Online Speech

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Cyber Cafe in Varanasi; photo by hartjeff12. India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology quietly rolled out new rules on online speech, reports the New York Times' Vikas Bajaj reports from Mumbai: ... Read More

The World's Greatest YouTubing Body

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

Think a contentious episode of Bloggingheads meets the United States Senate. National Journal's Dan Friedman reports: Congressional offices are working with YouTube on an unusual new initiative that may mark a new step ... Read More

New DCCC Web Ad: "Republicans Voted to End Medicare"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 19 2011

The DCCC went there. In a new web ad out today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee puts visuals to the worst nightmare we all share: grandpa will turn to stripping when things get tight. The ad is based on ... 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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