Civic Engagement

Three proven paths for exiting bureaucracy and fixing government through technology

Location:
Founders Fund, 1 Letterman Dr , San Francisco, CA, 94129, United States
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1

I love the government, which is why I work in tech.

In Responding To Cyber Attacks, Voters Say a Good Defense Is the Best Offense

Location:
Morning Consult, Washington, DC, United States
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1

American voters want the US government to employ tougher cybersecurity measures, instead of retaliatory actions, to guard against cyberattacks originating from foreign countries.

How Many Stars Would You Give the TSA? Review Federal Agencies on Yelp...and Maybe Get a Response

Location:
Yelp, San Francisco, CA, United States
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1

Yelp has concluded an agreement with the federal government that will allow federal agencies and offices to claim their Yelp pages, read and respond to reviews, and incorporate that feedback into service improvements.

The Making of a Chinese Nationalist Internet User

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China
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1

On July 22, a group of teenage assailants attacked a student named Hou Jusen outside his high school in China’s eastern Shandong province, beating him with sticks and dousing him with pepper spray.

The Uber-ization of Activism

Location:
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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2

The nasty battle between Uber and the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio over New York City’s proposed cap on livery vehicles has ended, at least for now, with the city and the ride-hailing giant agreeing to postpone a decision pending a “traffic study.” There’s no doubt who won, though.

FCC Announces Workshop on Access to, and Use of, Broadcast Ownership Data

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

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau will host an all-day public workshop to discuss access to, and use of, the FCC's commercial broadcast ownership data.

FCC flooded with net neutrality complaints

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

Roughly 2,000 complaints about Internet Service Providers have been sent to the Federal Communications Commission by consumers under the FCC’s new network neutrality rules.

How We’re Changing the Way We Respond to Petitions

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

In 2011 (years before I arrived at the White House) the team here developed a petitions platform called We the People. It provided a clear and easy way for the American people to petition their government  --  along with a threshold for action. Namely  -- once a petition gains 100,000 signatures. We’re going to be changing a few things about We the People.

Disruptive Technology that Could Transform Government-Citizen Relationships

Location:
USA, United States
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2

William Gibson, the science fiction writer who coined the term “cyberspace,” once said: “The future is already here -- it’s just not very evenly distributed.” That may be exactly the way to look at the selection of disruptive technologies we have chosen to highlight in eight critical areas of government, ranging from public safety to health to transportation.

Political Campaigns Go Social, But E-mail Is Still King

Location:
USA, United States
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1

While the campaigns are using newer social media to drive home their message, old-fashioned e-mail addresses are still crucial to fundraising.

What’s at risk with digital town halls?

Location:
USA, United States
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2

Are digital town halls valuable new tools for journalists who can’t otherwise reach politicians? The short answer? No.

'Competify' Campaign Seeks FCC Action on Broadband

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

"Competify," a campaign by a coalition of competitive telecommunications, information processing and public advocacy groups and companies seeking to sway the Federal Communications Commission and other policy makers on key broadband issues, debuted on July 13.

Public Knowledge Pushes Back on Network Neutrality Rule Ride

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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1

Public Knowledge is asking its supporters to make some noise in opposition to Republican-backed legislation that would block the Federal Communications Commission’s implementation of its new Title II-based network neutrality rules, a measure that could be up for vote in the House perhaps as early as the week of July 13.

Broadband Coalition Launches Pro-Competition Petition

Location:
Broadband Coalition , Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

At least 6800 people have signed a petition created in June 2015 by competitive carrier organization Broadband Coalition that asks policy makers to take steps to improve broadband competition.

Silicon Valley 'civic-tech' companies driving transparency in local government

Location:
OpenGov Inc, 955 Charter St., Redwood City, CA, 94063, United States
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1

ities from San Francisco (CA) to Palo Alto (CA) and Dublin -- even down to the financially troubled city of Bell in Southern California -- are using Silicon Valley startup technology to open a window into government spending at an unprecedented level of detail.

How to bend social media to your will

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
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1

George Takei put a lot of thought into the question of how to attract Twitter followers, and perhaps his answers will be of use to readers trying to bend social media to their will.

More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

Location:
USA, United States
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1

In the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage a right nationwide, a whopping 26 million people slapped a rainbow flag over their Facebook photos to “celebrate pride.”

A ‘Political Miracle’: What We Learned from the Net Neutrality and Comcast Fights

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
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2

Over the past few months we’ve been thinking about everything we learned in the fights over the fate of the Internet. Many of these lessons will be useful to other movements confronting deep-pocketed foes  --  and overwhelming odds. Here are our biggest takeaways.

How do we get Internet policy right? Bring in the nerds.

Location:
Mozilla, 650 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 94041, United States
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1

While there has been positive momentum in 2015, research on where tech talent is headed is less rosy. According to a recent report, only 4 percent of computer science graduates went to work for the federal government.

Occupy, Silicon Valley style

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

Has the tech industry found its social conscience?

Why Technology Hasn’t Delivered More Democracy

Location:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20036-2103, United States
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1

How can we reconcile these two contrasting global realities -- the unprecedented advance of technologies that facilitate individual empowerment and the overall lack of advance of democracy worldwide?

Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance

Location:
Moscow, Russia
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3

This is the power of an informed public.

Campaign Finance Reform Advocates: Media Should "Significantly Increase Coverage" Of Money In Politics

Location:
CBS, 51 W. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10019, United States
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1

A coalition of 18 groups that advocate for campaign finance reform are calling on broadcast media outlets to devote more coverage to America's broken campaign finance system and the need for reforms, especially as some estimates suggest that spending for the 2016 presidential election could top $10 billion.

Why Millennials Don't Vote for Mayor

Location:
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 200 South Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33131, United States
Recommendation:
2

A large share of millennials who vote in national elections opt to bypass local elections. This research sheds more light about why and highlights ways to encourage greater civic engagement locally.

Why Steve Jobs’s Influence Is Reverberating Through Government

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
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1

One of the newest, hottest and most visible career paths right now is the westward exodus of talented investment bankers from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. But, if you look closely, this vaunted professional migration has been offset in recent months by an equally powerful influx of cutting-edge technology executives, who have flown East to Washington (DC) in order to help transform the US government into an innovative and 21st century data-driven digital entity.

The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
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1

The Senate's pro-surveillance wing is scrambling to advance new legislation to preserve the National Security Agency's unchecked ability to spy on all of us. And they're in a rush.

10K websites block Congress in Patriot Act protest

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States
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1

Thousands of websites are blocking Congress’s access to their sites in a show of force to protest the Patriot Act.

Request for Information Regarding Online Platforms To Promote Federal Science and Technology Facilities, Products, and Services

Location:
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD, 20899-1070, United States
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1

NIST and other members of the FLC request information from the public regarding recommendations for online platforms that can broaden awareness and make it easier for the public to search for, locate, learn about, and obtain access to these facilities, products, and services.

What Periscope Reveals About US Telecom Infrastructure

Location:
New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

If the US can shell out billions of dollars to ensure its public safety agencies have 21st century wireless networks like FirstNet, surely the same can be done for its people.

For tech in politics, thinking beyond echo chambers

Location:
Countable, 3871 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611, United States
Recommendation:
1

Listen to campaign managers, and they'll tell you that the holy grail for tech in politics is increased segmentation; tracking opinions based on demographic information and reaching people through the media they’re most likely to consume. Yet for groups and movements, the apps that serve them, and voters, the future of tech will prove to be the exact opposite.

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