Civic Engagement

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.

Americans' Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

A survey by the Pew Research Center asked American adults what they think of the government surveillance programs disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the way they are run and monitored, and whether they have altered their communication habits and online activities since learning about the details of the surveillance.

Do voters even need the media anyway?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Internet laid waste to newsrooms across America, but it eventually led to experiments in journalism for the social age. Aided by money from venture capitalists, native ads and wealthy benefactors, some are actually growing again. TweetDeck is the new Newswire, posting to your Facebook feed is the new paper route, and it's once again safe to encourage college students to study journalism (we hope). President Barack Obama doesn't necessarily need newspapers, magazines, radio or television to get his message out.

Open Data Evolution: From Increasing Transparency to Engaging Citizens

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Open the data and the citizen miners will come -- and they just might develop an app, map or other innovative product not yet envisioned by busy local government officials.

How an advertising company put a ‘marijuana cookie’ on your computer to get weed legalized

Location:
campaign, 701 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
1

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you have a cookie on your computer or your smartphone that says how much you like weed -- or at least how you feel about the idea of weed being legalized. The cookie reflects a score that was calculated for you by CampaignGrid, a digital advertising company that has spent the last five years creating a database with information on over 120 million potential voters.

Ferguson cops “routinely” block public from filming them, DOJ says

Location:
Ferguson, MO, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Department of Justice issued a scathing report concerning Missouri's Ferguson Police Department, the agency that was cleared in this summer's shooting death of an 18-year-old African-American boy named Michael Brown. The DOJ investigation in the aftermath of the shooting found systematic excessive force and racism -- but it also discovered that the police department took a constitutionally suspect hard line against people trying to film officers in the field -- all in the name of "officer safety."

FCC's Sohn says Google, Facebook had little say on net neutrality

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

The Federal Communication Commission’s landmark decision on network neutrality has produced all sorts of speculation about the degree to which well-known tech giants shaped the outcome.

How the Internet Was Saved... and Why the Battle Continues

Location:
Annenberg School for Communication - University of Pennsylvania, 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Recommendation:
1

The history of media reform tells us that if we ignore core systemic problems like the power of monopolies and the lack of structural diversity, important protections like net neutrality can be short-lived. Anti-network neutrality forces will no doubt try to chip away at it once public attention wanes. This calls for continued vigilance; we cannot declare victory and tune out. Structural alternatives to the Internet monopolies are still needed. The battle for Internet freedom has only just begun.

The left’s historic power win: How the long-fought “net neutrality” triumph transformed history

Recommendation:
1

Here’s what I think the net neutrality fight means.

The week ordinary users beat the Internet

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

During the week of Feb 23, the impossible happened. Then it happened a second time. Then it happened yet again. In the space of three breakneck days, the Internet saw three reforms that users had rallied for forever, but that seemed -- until the week of Feb 23 -- like remote, unlikely dreams.

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