Civic Engagement

FCC Launches Consumer Complaint Data Center

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

The Federal Communications Commission today launched its new online Consumer Complaint Data Center to provide greater transparency into consumer complaints received by the Commission. This online platform will provide the public with more information about consumer complaints and tools to customize how they view the data.

3 Highlights from the 2016 Gigabit City Summit

Location:
Kansas City, MO, United States
Recommendation:
2

More than 75 city representatives convened at the 2016 Gigabit City Summit in Kansas City (MO, highlighting do's and don'ts in civic tech. Here are three civic tech highlights from day two of the event. 1) KC makes an open data comeback. 2) Boston is a model for innovation. 3) Tips to jumpstart civic tech.

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Cities, Technology, the Next Generation of Urban Development, and the Next Administration

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

First, we know American cities will lead the economy, as cities do around the world. Second, the cities that will lead the most are those who take the greatest advantage of the macro-trends that create economic growth, social progress. Third, while the current short-term, news cycle driven attention span and resulting dysfunction in DC may well continue, cities will continue to actually take long-term actions. Fourth, more cities will focus on the gigabit/connected cities opportunity. In that light, we should set an agenda for how the next administration can move the country forward by helping the cities that want to lead in this century’s city led, global information economy.

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Cities, Technology, the Next Generation of Urban Development, and the Next Administration

My topic today is Cities, Technology, the Next Generation of Urban Development and the Next Administration. It’s a challenge, as we cannot know who will be the next President. One could look to prediction markets or polls but this campaign is as predictable as a game of basketball pitting the best offense in baseball versus the best defense in football. Both major party candidates will be playing in a different game than the one that got them to the final round. Further, not in my lifetime has there been an election in which the political variation is so great. The Presidency, Congress and the Courts could all shift, with a wide ideological delta. Nonetheless we can know some things about the next four years related to this conference.

Whistleblowing Is Not Just Leaking — It’s an Act of Political Resistance

Location:
First Look Media, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

When I see individuals who are able to bring information forward, it gives me hope that we won’t always be required to curtail the illegal activities of our government as if it were a constant task, to uproot official lawbreaking as routinely as we mow the grass.

Commission on presidential debates considers taking crowdsourced questions

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

The Commission on Presidential Debates will start discussions on the formats of the four general election debates fall 2016 (three presidential, one vice presidential). And while the commission, made up of former party officials, politicians and some academics, is keen to incorporate new technologies and even open debate formats, they’re grappling with the question of how to seamlessly weave together the traditional role of a moderator, as both writer and presenter of questions, and that of a voting public that is used to having its voices heard on social media.

When it comes to engagement with citizens, the government is finally paying attention

Location:
sutherland, United States

The acceleration of technological changes in how the private sector delivers goods and services has raised expectations among citizens that government agencies can do the same – or even find ways to do better.

Redesigning We the People

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

In July 2015, we announced a big change in the way we would answer petitions on We the People. We committed to responding to you within a 60-day timeframe, whenever possible. We assembled a team of people dedicated to getting your policy questions and requests to the right people so you get the most informed response.

Broadcast Networks Ignored Democracy Awakening, Democracy Spring Protests

Location:
Media Matters for America, 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Media Matters analysis found that of the four broadcast network evening shows -- ABC's World News Tonight, CBS' CBS Evening News, NBC's NBC Nightly News, and PBS's PBS NewsHour -- only PBS NewsHour devoted any airtime to covering the Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring protests in Washington (DC), from April 11 to 18.

Digital tools enable citizen budgeting

Location:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
2

Participatory budgeting and other civic innovations suggest the opportunity for experimentation and digital tools to provide new opportunities for citizens to engage with the state. These innovations may not be a panacea for status quo politics in the United States, but they do suggest that we can more creatively equip citizens as problem solvers and civic participants in 21st century society.

Next Century Cities Announces New Awards for Tech-Powered Civic Engagement

Location:
Next Century Cities, 1200 18th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Next Century Cities announced the new Next Generation Engagement Awards, aimed at rewarding communities harnessing high-speed Internet to enhance citizens’ democratic participation and engagement.

Campaign Exposes Fissures Over Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the US

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

The 2016 presidential campaign has exposed deep disagreements between – and within – the two parties on a range of major policy issues. But these divisions go well beyond the issues and extend to fundamentally different visions of the way that life in the United States has changed.

Digital disruption on the Potomac

Location:
CompTIA, 3500 Lacey Road, Downers Grove, IL, 60515, United States
Recommendation:
3

The way the world conducts business and how we live our daily lives is fundamentally changing. Some has termed this change a "digital disruption wave."

Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new study shows that knowledge of government surveillance causes people to self-censor their dissenting opinions online. The research offers a sobering look at the oft-touted "democratizing" effect of social media and Internet access that bolsters minority opinion.

Will the First Amendment survive the information age?

Location:
Poynter Institute, 801 Third Street South St, Petersburg, FL, 33701, United States
Recommendation:
2

The First Amendment has survived plenty of change in 225 years. Speech, press and expression rights have been expanded and hardened as they’ve adapted to a succession of technologies, the telegraph, print, radio and television. Those who follow the topic most closely, though, say the information age started a whole new era.

Les Moonves, CBS, and Trump: Is TV's business model killing democracy?

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
4

It's proper to examine how the invective-rich and content-free character of 2016's political discourse is fomented by the business model of US broadcasters. Driven almost exclusively by advertising, the model all but dictates that almost everything on TV be reduced to the lowest level of entertainment.

Technology and the Imperative of Citizenship

Location:
Austin, TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Barack Obama is traveling to South by Southwest — the first sitting President to do so. In Austin, he’s going to make the case for people “from all walks of life, working inside or outside of government, to help us make this democracy even stronger."

How well-meaning political reformers are helping to elect President Trump

Location:
Stanford Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way Knight Management Center, Stanford, CA, 94305-7298, United States
Recommendation:
2

Academic hand-wringing rarely changes political institutions. But political science researchers’ recent obsession with political polarization seems to be having some impact. These researchers argue that polarization has “put the nation at risk” and are championing reforms meant to stem it. The remedies proposed are many — from reforming campaign finance to changing the primary system — and all share a common theme: By shifting more political power to everyday people, academics believe that extreme politicians would be encouraged to heed the public’s centrist demands. The widespread view that citizens are more centrist than politicians seems obvious, but it’s actually misleading at best.

Half of those who aren’t learning about the election feel their vote doesn’t matter

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

About one-in-ten Americans (9%) did not learn about 2016’s presidential election in a given week from any of 11 types of sources asked about in a January Pew Research Center survey. One striking trait of this group is their lack of faith in the impact of voting. Half of this group thinks that their vote doesn’t really affect how the government runs things, notably higher than the 36% of those who learned about the election from at least one type of source.

FTC Releases Annual Summary of Consumer Complaints

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
2

Debt collection, identity theft and imposter scams were the most common categories of consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network in 2015, according to the agency’s new data book

How Ugandans Overturned An Election Day Social Media Blackout

Location:
Kampala, Uganda
Recommendation:
2

When Ugandans went to the polls Feb 18 in presidential and parliamentary elections, they participated in the most heavily-contested political battle since multiparty democracy began in 2005. But they also discovered that their access to social media and mobile payment services had been cut off, part of a three-day ban by the government that limited political discussion and temporarily halted financial transactions across the country.

Protests in 50 cities at Apple Stores & FBI

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States
Recommendation:
2

Protesters rallied in front of Apple Stores and the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington (DC) to voice their support for Apple.

The real reason half of America supports the FBI over Apple

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A recent finding by the Pew Research Center that half of Americans support the FBI over Apple in an ongoing duel over iPhone security produced a very lopsided response in my Twitter feed. And it looked nothing like the actual poll results.

Why States Have to Learn From Digital Disruptors

Location:
University of British Columbia, 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Recommendation:
1

Both the media and governments were empowered by the world of information scarcity. The rise of digital technology-enabled actors such as ISIS challenges the control of media that states once held exclusively during war. The distributed and disruptive nature of digital actors makes them tremendously difficult for hierarchical organizations such as states to counteract.

Univision Aims to Make Hispanic Voting Bloc Even More Formidable

Location:
Univision Communications, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10158, United States
Recommendation:
2

Univision, including its top-rated Spanish-language network and many subsidiaries, is making an ambitious nationwide effort aimed at registering about three million new Latino voters in 2016, roughly the same number who have come of voting age since 2012.

Bernie’s Army of Coders

Location:
VT, United States
Recommendation:
2

If viral videos, data analytics, Twitter and meet-up pages were the big breakthroughs of past presidential elections, 2016 could very well go down as the year of the app. And no one has been a bigger beneficiary than Sen Bernie Sanders, an anti-establishment independent-turned-Democrat with legions of code-savvy, unpaid helpers.

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How Technology Is Influencing Your Vote

Communications technology is playing a tremendous role in the 2016 election, from debate coverage and the influence of social media to “voter surveillance” in campaigning. What voices are being amplified in this environment? And what does this mean to those who have not adopted these technologies?

How the Internet has democratized democracy, to Bernie Sanders’s benefit

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The extent to which the Internet is powering 2016's outsider candidacies is the subject of two thoughtful explorations, one at the New Yorker and one on Twitter.

[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).

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