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Lorelei Kelly
Lorelei Kelly is a civic technologist from California, based in Washington, D.C. Her latest project-- Resilient Democracy-- looks at how to modernize and strengthen an inclusive Congress in harmony with the Information Age. See The X Lab for more info.

Entries by Lorelei Kelly

Civility Is a National Security Issue

(7) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 2:57 PM

As a teenager, George Washington kept a notebook where he wrote 110 rules of civility and decent behavior, based on Jesuit teachings. Civility refers to how we communicate ideas in the public square. In politics, it means having good manners even in disagreement -- and is commonly understood...

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The State of Our Union Is Strong (in Oregon)

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 11:43 PM

The State of our Union is Strong.  President Obama and Governor Nikki Haley represented this strength last Tuesday as they reminded us of enduring American values like civility and inclusion.  Their words demonstrate that we have durable, resilient democracy in the leadership of both political parties.

At the same...

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Help the Refugees With Debt for Dignity Swaps

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 12:28 AM

Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Europe's ongoing refugee crisis a bigger challenge to European unity than Greece's financial woes.

She reminded her own country that Germans should be proud of a post-war heritage based on the principles of dignity, human rights and the...

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Crowdsourcing Dystopia

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:49 PM

This article originally appeared in TechCrunch.

Violent extremism starts with an idea and an entrepreneur.

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but...

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Let's Make Bitcoin the Biggest Humanitarian Tool the World Has Ever Seen

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 9:58 PM

News junkies of the world may be forgiven for becoming the latest tech skeptics this Cyber Monday: 2014 has been a year of global mayhem.

Instead of creating a connected civic safety net, it seems like tech platforms simply amplified messages and images from ungovernable parts of the world. Boko...

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An Exit Strategy for Ferguson

(25) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or...

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Making the Internet Work for Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 4:02 PM

A level playing field for the Internet got a powerful boost last week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) threw his support firmly behind protection of net neutrality in any new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decisions on regulation of the Internet. Senator Reid anticipates a fight. There's a...

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We Need a Citizen Maker Movement

(11) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:08 AM

It was hard to miss the giant mechanical giraffe grazing on the White House lawn last week. For the first time ever, the President organized a Maker Faire--inviting entrepreneurs and inventors from across the USA to celebrate American ingenuity in the service of economic progress.

The maker...

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Off the SOPA Box and Into the Town Square

(8) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 10:51 AM

Last week, the U.S. Congress was partly rehabilitated from its dreggy popular ratings. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) in the Senate were withdrawn after immense opposition from a broad cross-section of internet participants. At long last, millions of Americans...

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Dumb by Design: Gingrich's Lobotomy of Congress and Today's Dysfunction

(356) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 7:59 AM

While there was much to be thankful for last week, the rise of Newt Gingrich in the GOP polls made some of us eat the apple pie early. We were afraid it might rot like so many other fine American institutions -- namely the United States Congress. It was, after...

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Getting Your Man to Commit

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 6:08 PM

I'm all for exclusive relationships. Except for today. Today, I'd like you to ask your man to commit to every woman in the world. Guys, If you made it to sentence #2, this is your chance. Committing yourself to women's rights is HOT! And while roses and tubs of those...

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ROTC on Campus Is a Good Thing

(89) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 1:19 AM

Last night, Columbia University's Task Force on Military Engagement released its findings. ROTC -- the Reserve Officer's Training Corps -- is welcome back on campus. Harvard followed suit. Both pro and con voices at these Ivy League schools have legitimate feelings about a uniformed presence on campus. The recent difficult...

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Our Coup d' Etat, by Accident

(162) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 1:23 AM

The F-35's extra engine got the ax this week, but don't put away your air quotes. The arguments over "security" have just begun. Democrats and freshmen Republicans deserve congratulations for protecting taxpayers, but let's face it, this extra engine could not have been more unwanted if it had been wearing...

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Republican Congress: Back to the USSR

(105) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 7:35 AM

Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan. Indeed, GOP types are doubtless hoping that a cake and ice cream sugar high will vault them over an awkward ideological split that's the size of the river Nile.

What would Reagan say about Egypt today? His presidential track record on security policy seems confusing:...

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The Road from Tucson

(45) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 1:37 AM

Today Congresswoman Giffords will leave the hospital. Her steady convalescence sends a signal of hope -- one that should inspire all of us to step back, assess our own surroundings and do our best to make sure a Tucson massacre never happens again.

Who do we blame, The gunman...

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Congress vs. the World

(145) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 1:14 AM

Today the US Senate will approve a cooperative agreement to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. This agreement is called the START treaty -- and was originally championed by Ronald Reagan. Despite its conservative origins and its importance for US credibility, most Republicans have tried to slow-walk it to nowhere....

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Thank You Tea Party!

(647) Comments | Posted November 26, 2010 | 9:00 AM

Five things I'm grateful for:

1. Bike Lanes

In DC, people put on ties and lipstick to get a midnight slurpee. The city's type A drivers -- flustered by the dastardly indirect French roadplan -- have made biking to work a Road Warrior sport. Until now. Today, showing up in...

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Boehner's Dilemma: Decency vs. Depravity

(150) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 9:06 AM

Decency and depravity have something in common: they are behaviors characterized by the same human desire to be included, to follow the rules, to be liked, and to win approval. In social systems, leaders are vital -- they persuade large groups to prefer one type of validation over the other....

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Tea Party Defense Guidelines

(106) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 8:16 AM

Today is Veterans Day. Thank you veterans and everybody else who has sacrificed for the rest of us. Thanks to those in uniform and to those in regular clothes.

A rumble has broken out amongst DC defense wonks and it will be a defining fight for the Tea Party....

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Beyond Head-Stomping -- the Democratic Battle That Awaits

(32) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 3:40 AM

Okay. It's over.

Wealthy conservatives in America have played the long-game. For 40 years they have mapped and organized the takeover of public institutions to benefit themselves. This election proved the success of a consistent minority repeating the same things over and over again to influence the majority. Now...

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