Civic Engagement

[From 1996]: Web Users Dress Pages in Black As A Protest of Communications Act

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

More than a thousand World Wide Web pages donned mourning colors Feb 8 to protest provisions of a new telecommunications law. Web site owners put black background on their home pages to signify grief over the telecommunications reform bill that President Clinton signed. They believe it will diminish their First Amendment right to free speech.

What If We Built a C-SPAN on Steroids?

Location:
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Newspapers are collapsing, statehouse coverage is on the wane and lobbyists are quietly filling the gap. Here’s a solution. The plan is to make every legislative session, every committee meeting, every public hearing, every oral argument in court, executive branch public meetings and hearings, press conferences, and non-governmental public policy events around the state available live (and archived for later on-demand viewing).

“Five years ago, I said, ‘If you want to liberate society, all you need is the Internet.’ Today I believe if we want to liberate society, we first need to liberate the Internet.”

Recommendation:
2

Wael Ghonim’s anonymous Facebook page helped start a revolution in Egypt. Here is what he concluded about social media today...

Iowa Caucuses a Showcase for Microsoft’s Ambitions in Civic Tech

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States
Recommendation:
2

As Iowans head to churches, schools, restaurants and firehouses today to cast the nation’s first votes in the 2016 presidential race, the closely watched caucuses will bring attention to another first — a pair of mobile apps Microsoft developed to report results.

Why You (Still) Can't Vote Online

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The advantages of online voting are may: it is convenient for a lot of voters, more accessible for the elderly or those who can't get off from work and still works in the case of a national disaster. But this butts up against one big, recurring problem: despite its promise, the possibility of security failures has thus far proved a nearly insurmountable hurdle.

Idea to retire: Government is responsible for taking care of everything

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

An essay on how information technology must abandon its insular focus and “expert” mindset and become a true two-way channel for communication, engagement, and action between ...

#Ferguson: How Twitter helped empower ordinary residents

Location:
Ferguson, MO, United States
Recommendation:
2

As a national spotlight increasingly came to shine on Ferguson (MO), catapulting the nascent Black Lives Matter movement into prominence, local voices – some activists and other ordinary residents – stayed prominent online, chronicling the protests and police response as they occurred particularly on Twitter, two researchers from Northeastern University found.

Black Lives Matter Leaders Are Reaching Out To Silicon Valley, And It’s Paying Off

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Wired magazine named Campaign Zero, a group affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement, as one of the top 20 tech insiders defining the 2016 presidential elections.

The 2016 State of the Union might be the least watched in 20 years. That's not a bad thing.

Location:
Vox Media, 104 W 40th St, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

The 2016 State of the Union might be the least watched address of the past two decades.

Networks, Microsoft to Take ‘Pulse’ of SOTU

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States
Recommendation:
2

Microsoft Pulse, a real-time voting platform run by the software company, said it has partnered with CNN, MSNBC, NBC Universo and Telemundo to enable US viewers to provide real-time feedback during President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address.

A science-backed New Year's resolution to help fix American politics

Location:
George Mason University, 3351 North Fairfax Drive Mercatus Cente, Arlington, VA, 22201, United States
Recommendation:
2

Political polarization and the ills of the contemporary campaign finance system are two of the most vexing political conundrums of our time. A recently published book by political scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst posits that these vexing phenomena are not unrelated.

How President Obama is using the Consumer Electronics Show as a political opportunity

Location:
Las Vegas, NV, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Consumer Electronics Show may be the country's biggest yearly confab for wacky and futuristic gadgets, but for White House trade officials, it's something else: A political opportunity.

Rep Donna Edwards: Media treats white militants better than black activists

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep Donna Edwards (D-MD) accused the media of a racial double standard in covering the armed anti-government activists who are occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Facebook ‘Accidentally’ Asks US Users to Support Free Basics in India

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Ahead of a public hearing on network neutrality, Facebook has been asking its user base in India to throw some support behind the company’s Internet.org initiative, CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s pet project to bring the Internet access to the entire world. On Dec 21, it started asking its US users to do the same — by mistake.

Debates Help Fuel Strong Interest in 2016 Campaign

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

As candidates in both parties prepare for the next round of presidential debates, a new national survey finds that the public is highly engaged by the 2016 campaign.

New York attorney general solicits help from the public in broadband probe

Location:
Office of Attorney General (New York), Albany, NY, 12224, United States
Recommendation:
2

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman invited the public on Dec 13 to test the speed of their Internet and submit the results online as part of an ongoing probe into whether large providers may be short-changing customers with slower-than-advertised speeds.

Anti-surveillance gadgets for protesters

Location:
New York University, 44 W 4th St, New York, NY, 10012, United States
Recommendation:
2

“There is a huge disparity between the amount of technologies used by the authorities and the technologies available to protesters and activists during protests and riots,” warn Pedro Oliveira and Xuedi Chen, two designers from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. “That gap is only getting wider.”

It’s not you: political journalism really is broken

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street Uris Hall, Room 142, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

[Commentary] If you often get the feeling that politics coverage has nothing to do with you, you’re not alone. For many years I’ve felt that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way journalists approach politics. Most politics coverage is about politicians, not the things I care about and the actions I could take.

Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

A year ahead of the presidential election, the American public is deeply cynical about government, politics and the nation’s elected leaders in a way that has become quite familiar. Currently, just 19 percent say they can trust the government always or most of the time, among the lowest levels in the past half-century. Only 20 percent would describe government programs as being well-run.

Aided by social media, college students find new power in campus protests

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Inspired by the marches in Ferguson (MO) and Black Lives Matter, students are taking to social media to question the institutions they once approached for answers.

2015 Digital Cities: Winners Experiment with Forward-Thinking Tech Projects

Location:
Center for Digital Government, 100 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, CA, 95630, United States
Recommendation:
2

The 2015 Digital Cities Survey results are in. Dozens of cities were selected by a judging panel at the Center for Digital Government as the most strategic, efficient and innovative guardians of public-sector tech in the nation.

Knight Prototype Fund invests in 20 new projects focused on increasing civic engagement and making data more accessible

Location:
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 200 South Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33131, United States
Recommendation:
1

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced funding for 20 new projects through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps people explore early-stage media and information ideas with $35,000 in funding.

How activists are forcing the White House to say where it stands on encryption

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

A petition calling for President Barack Obama to support strong encryption and "reject any law, policy or mandate" that would undermine digital security reached 100,000 signatures on Oct 27, the level at which the White House has said it will respond.

FCC to Publish Consumer Complaint Details to Deter Robocalls

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

To better crack down on unwanted robocalls and telemarketers, the Federal Communications Commission says it's going to publish the details of consumer complaints.

Internet Access Affecting Behaviors In Africa

Location:
Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), 330 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20237, United States
Recommendation:
2

Access to the Internet is affecting African civic engagement, corruption perceptions and focus on the welfare of its children, according to research released today by the BBG and Gallup.

To Strengthen Democracy in America, Think Tech

Location:
Civic Hall, 2, 156 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10010, United States
Recommendation:
1.5

A decade-and-a-half into the digital century, the vast majority of large foundations concerned with strengthening American democracy don't seem to get tech.

Sinclair Brings Local Newscasts to Congress

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sinclair Broadcast Group introduced a news segment called Connect to Congress, a multimedia initiative that lets members of Congress in Sinclair news markets communicate with their constituents on a regular basis.

Money, Data, and Democracy

Location:
Stanford University, 555 Salvatierra Walk Paul Brest Hall, Building 4, Stanford, CA, 94305, United States
Recommendation:
2

Voter turnout is a big deal. Not just to political junkies and clipboard-wielding party volunteers but also to American foundations. According to Foundation Center's newest mapping tool, Foundation Funding for US Democracy, 180 foundations have spent more than $150 million on voter education, registration, and turnout since 2011, a period that includes one presidential and one midterm election.

President Obama Signs Executive Order; White House Announces New Steps to Improve Federal Programs by Leveraging Research Insights

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

The White House announced new actions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Federal programs by leveraging research insights about how people participate in, engage with, and respond to programs.

Privacy Groups Push ECPA E-Mail Reform

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Privacy and limited government groups in the Digital 4th Coalition say it is imperative that Congress update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to better protect cloud-stored e-mails held by Internet service providers from government surveillance, and without any harmful amendments that would give federal agencies like the SEC a carve-out from those heightened protections.

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