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Digital Democracy

Hacking a 21st Century Government

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Gavin Newsom

This online tool for the digital age will give advocacy groups fighting for veterans, the homeless, and foster children, the ability to easily keep tabs on where lawmakers stand on issues important to them.

Digitizing Democracy: Shifting Power to the People

James Windon | Posted 10.28.2014 | Technology
James Windon

If voters care about myriad issues, and see elections as an effective forum in which they can act upon those issues, why have they stopped racing to the ballot box?

Should Graduation Speakers Talk About Improving the World?

Joseph Kahne | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Joseph Kahne

As an educator who focuses on ways to support youth civic engagement, I love those speeches. But, they do leave me wondering, if this is a goal we laud on graduation day, why aren't students asked to focus on this more during high school?

The Day the Parties Died

Krist Novoselic | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Krist Novoselic

Our country is founded on great moments. A great moment is now upon us to leverage technology and change politics to accommodate the demands of the emerging digital democracy.

Watching and Calculating, African Governments Learn From the Arab Spring

Ben Cole | Posted 09.04.2011 | Technology
Ben Cole

As the Arab Spring continues to roar, many African governments have begun taking strong stances on Internet freedoms, even before most of their populations have had the chance to experience the free and open Internet.

Survey: How Would You Prefer to Connect With NYC Government?

Rachel Sterne | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rachel Sterne

In late January, I joined the City of New York, focusing on how our citizens and government communicate and work together online. My first step in preparing our strategy is to examine how the public currently uses digital technology.

The Netflix For Voting? New Website Makes It Easier To Vote From Home

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Driven by a simple yet lofty vision -- to make it easier for more people to vote -- three graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School developed a ...

Election '08: A Transparent Disaster?

Craig Stoltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Stoltz

Instantly networked communications allow anybody see whatever they want and tomorrow's public exercise in democracy will be the first example of a massively transparent election.

Bloggers Lead Media to Report McCain/Palin's Campaign "Lies"

Alan W. Silberberg and Ralph J. Shapira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alan W. Silberberg and Ralph J. Shapira

While traditional media have disparaged blogs as being unreliable, that chaotic, unmediated world known as "the blogosphere" has led the way in ferreting truth from falsehood.