Civic Engagement

Chief Data Scientist Patil to Tech Industry: Don’t Just ‘Throw Stones’ at Government

Location:
Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW The White House, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

Despite recent recruiting successes by the Obama Administration to woo top technologists to government, it’s no secret there’s been an at-times frosty relationship between the tech industry and Uncle Sam.

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What a Difference a Year Makes in the Network Neutrality Debate

At this time in 2014, we reported on the controversy surrounding the Federal Communications Commission’s imminent release of proposed rules to ensure an Open Internet. Many feared the rules FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would propose could allow Internet service providers to charge for faster, better access to consumers. Our question on May 9, 2014: “Will the uprising of opposition be enough to convince Chairman Wheeler to change course?” Well, what a difference a year makes. History was made by unprecedented, grassroots activistism and a FCC leader willing to listen and the courage to change his mind. Today our weekly round-up takes us back to where we were one year ago.

Cops Increasingly Use Social Media to Connect, Crowdsource

Location:
Johns Creek, GA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Law enforcement has long used public tip lines and missing persons bulletins to recruit citizens in helping solve crime and increasing public safety.

Got Ideas About Cyber R&D Strategy? You Can Weigh in Now

Location:
National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22230, United States
Recommendation:
1

In its quest to craft a comprehensive federal cybersecurity research and development strategic plan, the National Science Foundation has decided to leave no technological stone unturned -- even if it’s in the private sector.

Millennials don’t trust anyone. That’s a big deal.

Location:
Harvard University Institute of Politics, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
1

Millennials aren't, it seems, the trusting type. Of 10 major societal institutions, just two -- the military and scientists -- garnered majority support from millennials on the question of whom they trust to do the right thing most of the time.

Politicians Didn’t Stop the Comcast–Time Warner Deal. You Did.

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The collapse of Comcast’s plan to buy Time Warner Cable is a big victory for anyone who watches TV or uses the Internet. But it won’t be the last time the interests of consumers clash with the desires of big corporations in the media and technology space. Here are five lessons from this fight I think we should keep in mind going forward.

Does getting Internet access make people better citizens? Maybe not.

Location:
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 30302, United States
Recommendation:
2

What would happen if someone who did not have Internet access suddenly got it? Would they become more interested in politics, learn more about it and even feel more able to influence the political world? It’s certainly plausible that the answer is yes. In our new study, we come to a less optimistic conclusion.

Yes, the Comcast-Time Warner deal collapsed, but Big Cable still has plenty of friends in Washington

Location:
Common Cause, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
4

’ve maintained since the day the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal was announced that combining America’s two largest cable providers would have been an anti-competitive, anti-consumer and anti-democracy. Despite my concerns, most industry watchers anticipated the Federal Communications Commission would allow the merger. Why? Because too often, Big Cable and Big Telecom call their own shots.

Poll: Cyber should top Congress’s tech agenda

Location:
Morning Consult, Washington , DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
1

According to a Morning Consult poll, four in 10 voters believe cybersecurity should be at the top of Congress’s technology agenda in 2015.

The Incredible Jun: A Town that Runs on Social Media

Location:
Jun, GD, Spain
Recommendation:
3

For the last four years, a town in southern Spain has been conducting a remarkable experiment in civic life. Jun (pronounced “hoon”) has been using Twitter as its principal medium for citizen-government communication.

White House Promotes Tech Meetups

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

The White House's tech policy leaders are making a bet that just getting tech-minded citizens in a room together could boost employment and entrepreneurship in the US. And they might even be willing to pony up the space to hold the gatherings in the future.

Neutrality Groups Diss Government Web 'Blocking'

Location:
U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20436, United States
Recommendation:
3

The US International Trade Commission has asserted the authority to block Internet transmissions, according to some net-neutrality advocates who are crying foul over the decision.

Announcing a Week of Making this June 12-18

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

In preparation of the one-year anniversary of 2014’s White House Maker Faire, we are excited to announce that the White House will celebrate a “Week of Making” this summer from June 12-18.

Using Technology and Data to Improve Community Policing: The Police Data Initiative

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

As part of an ongoing effort to respond to these data/technology recommendations, over a dozen police chiefs, municipal Chief Technology Officers, and other leaders from 16 cities and counties across the nation collaborated at The White House with technologists, data scientists, law enforcement thought leaders, foundations, issue experts, Presidential Innovation Fellows, nonprofits, and Administration officials.

New anti-NSA coalition pledges to ‘Fight 215’

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States
Recommendation:
3

Dozens of critics of government surveillance are rallying around an effort to kill a controversial provision of the Patriot Act when it comes up for renewal before Congress later in 2015.

In Kansas, Uber’s campaign didn’t just backfire -- it knocked out the legislature’s e-mail system

Location:
Kansas State Capitol, 3425 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS, 66615, United States
Recommendation:
1

When lawmakers in Kansas considered legislation to regulate services such as Uber, the ride-hailing company sprang into action, urging local customers and drivers to blast legislators with e-mails opposing the bill. But instead of persuading legislators to side with Uber, the campaign disrupted the state legislature's e-mail system -- temporarily making it inaccessible and leaving frustrated lawmakers struggling to find important messages in a sea of more than 1,500 form e-mails from Uber customers.

Change.org springs a leak, exposes private e-mail addresses

Location:
Change.org, San Francisco, CA, 94107, United States
Recommendation:
1

Online petitions service Change.org has a website bug that's disclosing as many as 40,000 e-mail addresses that presumably belong to current or former subscribers.

Will ‘Techno-Populism’ Undermine Innovation?

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
1

Future advancements in technology may suffer because of popular opinion driving policy, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

San Francisco needs connectivity. Can this man deliver it?

Location:
San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Recommendation:
1

Miguel Gamiño, San Francisco’s energetic Chief Information Officer, wears two hats: As San Francisco’s CIO, he is charged with advising Mayor Ed Lee and the city’s Board of Supervisors about the ever-evolving tech landscape and how the city should be using technology to improve city services and community engagement; as the Executive Director of the city’s Department of Technology, he’s responsible for delivering on that strategy.

Tech Leaders Call for Anti-Discrimination Laws to Protect Gays in all 50 States

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Technology leaders are looking beyond an Indiana battle over gay rights that united them, and are calling on all states to enact anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The Mobile Election: How smartphones will change the 2016 presidential race

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The new mobile reality is changing the state of news and advertising, and it will also change the dynamic of American politics -- especially during the 2016 campaign season, journalists and political operatives said.

The Future of Tech and Democracy, and How Privacy Pros Can Help

Location:
UC Hastings College of Law, 200 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Recommendation:
1

“The Future of Technology & Democracy,” a conference where technologists -- some from Google, Facebook and Twitter -- gathered to educate and inform representatives of the Federal Elections Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. The all-day event touched upon new personalized targeting models in campaign advertising and fundraising, the potential for blockchain technology to facilitate real-time contribution transparency and the reinvention of a public square that has long left behind the confines of traditional media for the social platforms of online service providers.

Emerging tech and politics -- More than just yakking

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Unless you're involved in the app world, work with students or are a student yourself, chances are you don't know about the app Yik Yak that allows users in the same geographic area to post anonymous notes. And, without a doubt, Sen Ted Cruz's (R-TX) campaign team didn't know about it until students at Liberty University, forced to attend his campaign launch, started mercilessly bashing him using the app while he was speaking.

Google searches show that millions of people wanted to vote but couldn’t

Location:
Carroll College, 1601 N Benton Ave, Helena, MT, 59625, United States
Recommendation:
1

Fifty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, election laws are still in the news. Much of the recent attention has gone to court battles over voter ID laws. But other barriers to voting remain. Although some states allow voters to register right up to Election Day, others require registration as much as one month beforehand.

New York Police to Use Social Media to Connect With Residents

Location:
New York Police Department, 1 Police Plaza Path, New York, NY, 10038, United States
Recommendation:
1

The New York Police Department is planning to use that online visibility to draw ground-level information on crimes and conditions, a potential boost to a department seeking to align its “broken windows” crime-fighting objectives with local communities’ needs.

How Techno-Populism Is Undermining Innovation

Apr 1 2015 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

A new report from ITIF argues that an us vs. them populism has taken over technological debates in recent years and has had a deleterious effect on policymaking.

Cuba flirts with free speech

Location:
Havana, Cuba
Recommendation:
2

Cuba is using the Internet to experiment with toning down its political censorship in a sign that a glimmer of glasnost has arrived on the Communist-run Caribbean island.

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Today's Quote 03.19.2015

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

“They lit up our phone lines, clogged our e-mail in-boxes and jammed our online comment system. That might be messy, but whatever our disagreements are on network neutrality, I hope we can agree that’s democracy in action and something we all can support.”
-- FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

“A properly functioning commission doesn’t make decisions based on the number of click-bait emails that interest groups can generate.”
-- Rep Greg Walden (R-OR)

“Decision makers actually took in and considered the advice of over 4 million Americans. I think that kind of public engagement with our government should be celebrated and not rolled over and disrespected.”
-- Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA)

Improving How Social Media Informs Leadership and Public Initiatives

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
1

Like private sector organizations, US public sector organizations have experienced shifts in how they use both the Internet and social media to interact with the public.

Anti-secrecy groups demand feds review Clinton e-mails

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
1

A dozen anti-secrecy groups are demanding that the State Department and National Archives independently verify that all official e-mails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are accounted for. Citing fears of setting “a dangerous precedent for future agency appointees,” the organizations told Secretary of State John Kerry and Archivist David Ferriero to do checks of their own to ensure that all workplace e-mails sent or received by Clinton during her time in office are on federal servers -- not her own personal machine.

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