Civic Engagement

Maybe the Internet Isn’t a Fantastic Tool for Democracy After All

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The question we face now is: What happens when the industry destroyed is professional politics, the institutions leveled are the same few that prop up liberal democracy, and the values the internet disseminates are racism, nationalism, and demagoguery?

Farewell to President Obama, our first digital president

Location:
Acquia, Boston, MA, United States

Beginning eight years ago, the Obama Administration embraced a fresh approach to leveraging technology platforms and improved the experience of interacting with government.

Building Tools for Digital Activism

Location:
Baltimore, MD, United States
Recommendation:
3

An interview with one of the Black Lives Matter movement's most prominent voices, DeRay Mckesson.

High-Tech Nation: How Technological Innovation Shapes America’s 435 Congressional Districts

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

The purpose of this report is to shed light on just how widely diffused the country’s innovation-driven, high-tech economy really is, so members of Congress and other policymakers can find common cause in advancing an agenda that builds up the shared foundations of national strength in a globally integrated marketplace.

Republicans in Congress got a “seats bonus” this election (again)

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

While Republicans, as of this writing, received a plurality of votes cast for Congress nationwide this year—49.9 percent according data from the Cook Political Report—they received a greater share, 55.2 percent, of the seats.

Hackers can now report bugs in Defense Dept. websites without fear of prosecution

Location:
Department of Defense, Washington, DC, 20301, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Defense Department became the first US government agency to launch a policy enabling researchers to report bugs or flaws they discover in its websites without fear of prosecution.

One Thing Voters Agree On: Better Campaign Coverage Was Needed

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
3

Since the election, I have been on the phone with many Times readers around the country to discuss their concerns about The Times’s coverage of the presidential election. The number of complaints coming into the public editor’s office is five times the normal level, and the pace has only just recently tapered off.

Libraries bolster opportunity — new briefs show how libraries support policy priorities of new administration

Location:
American Library Association, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States
Recommendation:
3

The American Library Association (ALA) released three briefs highlighting how libraries can advance specific policy priorities of the incoming Trump Administration in the areas of entrepreneurship, services to veterans and broadband adoption and use. Each paper features numerous snapshots of programs around the country illustrating libraries’ contributions to vibrant communities, as well as “takeaway” points for decision-makers:

Internet diffusion and regime type: Temporal patterns in technology adoption

Location:
Köln, Germany
Recommendation:
3

It is often assumed that the Internet would threaten the survival of authoritarian regimes. Accordingly, most country-comparative studies have identified a democracy advantage in Internet diffusion. This paper revisits these technology-centric assumptions by conceptualizing the adoption of the Internet as a dynamic phenomenon with multiple phases that unfold differently depending on the political system.

Internet diffusion and regime type: Temporal patterns in technology adoption

Location:
Köln, Germany
Recommendation:
3

It is often assumed that the Internet would threaten the survival of authoritarian regimes. Accordingly, most country-comparative studies have identified a democracy advantage in Internet diffusion. This paper revisits these technology-centric assumptions by conceptualizing the adoption of the Internet as a dynamic phenomenon with multiple phases that unfold differently depending on the political system.

Executive Order -- Establishing a Community Solutions Council

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Building on the Obama Administration’s efforts to modernize the way the Federal Government works with cities, counties, and communities — rural, tribal, urban, and sub-urban – President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a Community Solutions Council.

The Digital Citizen Summit

Nov 30 2016 - 7:30am - 11:30am
Location:
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Technology is changing the way government interacts with the citizens it serves, offering new tools, techniques, and frameworks. We'll explore these changing dynamics and take a look at case studies from agencies and teams who have transformed the way their services are designed, delivered, and perceived, all with an eye towards championing their customers — the citizens and people who use their services.

Resist. Rethink. Rebuild.

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Donald Trump’s victory poses a serious and immediate threat to our friends and families, our loved ones and neighbors. We started Free Press to fight for your rights to connect and communicate — and that’s exactly what we intend to do. Here’s what we will do next.

FCC Commissioner Clyburn Invites Additional Submissions for the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission announced that she is inviting additional “pitch” submissions as a part of the upcoming release of the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan.

Election day: Only Josh Silver won

Location:
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue Wasserstein Hall/Caspersen Student Center Milstein West A, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

Josh Silver is the president of Represent.US. I’ve been an advisor and supporter of Represent.US, but I’ve not been engaged in the campaign they waged in this election cycle. That campaign—plus what happened in Maine—may be the only good news from November 8th. For in South Dakota, voters supported a referendum that will give candidates for state office vouchers to run their campaigns. Read that again: In a state that voted 62% for Donald Trump, 52% voted to publicly fund state campaigns.

America’s political divisions in 5 charts

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

As Election Day unfolds, here are five charts that highlight how politically polarized the nation has become — and how most Americans expect it to remain that way, regardless of who wins.

Our Civic Duty as Techies

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

There’s a huge opportunity for far more technologists to improve the way government serves Americans everywhere.

Civic Engagement Strongly Tied to Local News Habits

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

In local communities, the civically engaged – the people who vote, volunteer and connect with those around them – play a key role in community life. Thus, how and to what degree they stay informed about their communities carries added weight.

Standing Rock 'check in' marks turning point for activists

Location:
Standing Rock Indian Reservation, ND, 58538, United States
Recommendation:
2

In a show of "clicktivism," more than 1.4 million people on Facebook used geolocation tagging to "check in" to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation page. The flurry of check-ins spread across Facebook after reports surfaced that the local sheriff's department in North Dakota relied on Facebook to "find out who is at [Standing Rock] in order to target them in attempts to disrupt the prayer camps."

Are Police Jamming Cell Phones At Standing Rock Protest? The FCC Should Investigate.

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Setting aside my personal feelings about democracy, freedom to peacefully protest, and how the Sioux concerns seem rather justified in light of the Alabama pipeline explosion, this has now raised an interesting communications issue that only a Federal Communications Commission investigation can solve. Are police jamming, or illegally spying, on communications at the protest and associated Sacred Stone Camp?

Demand Progress: More than 115,000 Americans sign petitions opposing the AT&T takeover of Time Warner

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

In just over a week since the AT&T takeover of Time Warner was announced, more than 115,000 Americans have signed petitions, hosted by CREDO Action, Demand Progress, and Free Press, opposing the deal.

What the viral Facebook check-in at Standing Rock says about activist surveillance

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Even though “hashtag activism” has been used to demoralize a new generation of activists, social media tools like hashtags have allowed people to organize and amplify their messages beyond their local physical community and network faster than ever.

Rules to improve presidential elections

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
3

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary,” Federalist 51 tells us. “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” So too, if men were angels we’d get better presidential candidates. But since they aren’t, some “internal controls” on candidates and elections might attend to our selection process. We consider three areas in which such controls can be increased:

The Political Environment on Social Media

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

When young people get involved in online communities, it leads them toward politics

Location:
University of California, Riverside, 900 University Ave, Riverside, CA, 95251, United States
Recommendation:
3

We analyzed data from the Youth Participatory Politics (YPP) Survey, which we collected in partnership with political scientist Cathy Cohen and her team at the University of Chicago. Here's what we found:

Building a Base of Knowledge for Advocacy Abroad in the Digital Age

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
3

Answering questions at the Internet Association’s Virtuous Circle conference recently, Secretary John Kerry presented the US Department of State’s effort to prioritize global digital economy issues abroad in order to reflect the growing importance of these issues in both economic and foreign policy.

Rural Utility Service Seeks Comment on Community Connect Grant Program Information Collection Requirements

Location:
Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13.

You can vote online for potential presidential debate questions

Location:
Commission on Presidential Debates, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

For the next presidential debate, you'll be able to vote online for questions that could be asked of the candidates. The debate's organizers announced that they're working with the Open Debate Coalition to source questions online through the new site presidentialopenquestions.com.

Next Presidential Debate Will Include Internet Input

Location:
Commission on Presidential Debates, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Open Debate Coalition said that ABC and CNN have agreed to consider the top questions submitted to its PresidentialOpenQuestions.com for the Oct 9 presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis (MO), the second of three scheduled presidential debates.

Networked Policy Making Avenues: Assessing the Role of Academics in Digital Policy

Location:
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

There are a growing number of examples that point toward a change in the way public policy is made in the digital age. This new context, which we refer to as networked policymaking, involves a greater variety of actors and voices, often collaborating in formal and informal networks, taking part in a public consideration and debate of policy questions via digital media.

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