Civic Engagement

What's the Return on Investment on Local Broadband?

Location:
Louisville, KY, United States
Recommendation:
3

Hard data enables Louisville (KY) residents to know their broadband speeds and it's also proving beneficial to the city, which is looking to kick off new connectivity projects.

Local Activism Is the Best Way to Preserve Net Neutrality

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

Before President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan 20, take a moment to remember the height of the network neutrality battles of 2014 and 2015. Remember the letter writing campaigns, the comments filed to the Federal Communications Commission (some of them handwritten), remember John Oliver’s rant.

Confronting The Challenge Of A New Technological Era Is An American Tradition

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

Confronting the challenge of a new technological era is an American tradition. Whether we are as successful at handling our revolution as those who preceded us will be the test of our generation. Dealing with change is not a retreat to what America was but the full-throated embrace of the opportunities created for new ideas directed at the new realities.

2016: A Bad Year for Democracy, but "Best Ever" for Big Media

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

As we enter 2017 with a frightening new president-elect, American pundits have been discussing, with some urgency, various flaws in American democracy. But while pundits on cable news outlets argue about these issues, media executives who sign their paychecks are positively elated about the 2016 election, which thanks to $2.4 billion in political ad spending and record ratings, was great for Big Media's bottom line.

New Lenses on the First Social Media Presidency

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

At the end of October, we shared our plans for preserving and passing on the digital history of the Obama administration, and invited the American people to “come up with creative ways to archive this content and make it both useful and available for years to come.”

Hundreds of Customers Complained to the FCC That AT&T Switched Their Data Plans

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

Back in November 2016, Consumer Reports announced the results of a survey that didn’t feel like news at all: People really hate their cell phone carriers.

Democratic lawmakers, civil libertarians blast fines for live-streaming on House floor

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

Civil libertarians are blasting new rules from House Republicans that would impose fines on lawmakers who take pictures or live-stream video on the House floor.

‘We the People’: Five Years of Online Petitions

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

In order to understand how citizens used the opportunity to directly seek redress from the White House, and how the administration responded, Pew Research Center conducted a detailed content analysis of “We the People” petitions.

Delieverign Great digital Government in the Trump Era

Location:
NIC Inc., Olathe, KS, United States
Recommendation:
3

As we transition to the Trump administration, some experts are forecasting an uncertain future for federal digital services. Spending projections on citizen engagement technologies appear flat at best, cyber concerns surround the launch of every new digital initiative, and early predictions indicate the new administration will likely pursue a buy vs. build approach.

San Francisco Passes Ordinance to Protect ISP Competition

Location:
San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Recommendation:
3

San Francisco (CA) EFFers: you did it! Thanks in part to your phone calls and tweets to the Board of Supervisors, the Board unanimously passed an ordinance that will address the problem of landlords unfairly restricting their tenants’ choice of Internet service providers.

Tech workers pledge to never build a database of Muslims

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

When asked in 2015 on the campaign trail whether he thought the United States should create a database of Muslims in the country, Donald Trump said, “Oh, I would certainly implement that — absolutely." On Dec 13, hundreds of members of the technology industry weighed in on whether they would help build such a database. The answer? Absolutely not.

Following Intercept Report, 22 Organizations Urge Tech Firms to Reject Muslim Registry

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Out of nine US technology firms contacted by The Intercept earlier in Nov, only one — Twitter — would rule out participating in the creation of a national Muslim registry, something President-elect Donald Trump has floated as a possibility.

Politics and Business Don’t Mix in Trump’s America

Location:
Kellogg's, Battle Creek, MI, United States
Recommendation:
2

Until recently it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for a company to wear its political leanings on its sleeve. But the recent backlash against Kellogg and other companies shows that political stances can come with costs.

Is the media contributing to global inequality?

Location:
London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
2

As more media outlets fall under the control of a shrinking number of private owners, opportunities for ordinary people around the globe to participate and produce media are under threat.

Our desperate need to save US democracy from ourselves

Location:
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
3

The trouble is that no one really sees it as their job to save American democracy — not politicians, not owners of social media platforms, not advocates of conservative and liberal causes, and maybe not even citizens themselves.

New Coalition Against Hate Targets Incoming Trump Administration

Location:
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), 55 S Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91105, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new group called the Coalition Against Hate, which includes the National Hispanic Media Coalition, is taking aim at the incoming Trump Administration with plans to push "media platforms" to "abandon hate speech as a model," it said.

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.

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