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The Failure Of "Digital Democracy"

Scott Ritter | Posted 01.26.2017 | World
Scott Ritter

The problem with "digital democracy" can be synthesized down to the willingness by those in power within the Bush and Obama administrations (and later, Google) to embrace the incomplete musings of a naïve young man -- Jared Cohen -- about issues he was ill-positioned to proffer.

How to Become a Climate Negotiator Right Now

Lex Paulson | Posted 12.08.2016 | Green
Lex Paulson

LE BOURGET, FRANCE - Here in the Parisian suburb of Le Bourget, the mood is anxious and electric. Yesterday over 150 "high-level" negotiators -- mostl...

White House Responds To Remaining 'We The People' E-Petitions

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

The White House responded on Tuesday to all of the unanswered online petitions that have met the minimum requirement of 100,000 signatures on its "We ...

Alexander Howard

U.S. House of Representatives Allows Use Of Open Source Software | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology

As the executive branch of the United States government quietly works on creating an official open source policy, the legislative branch is also movin...

Civic Tech: Why We Need to Focus on Problems That Really Matter

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 06.06.2016 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

By deploying all-weather beacons throughout the park and integrating the beacons with a unique smart phone app as well as an Apple Watch app, our mobile platform will make it possible for the park to deliver interactive, auditory and haptic alerts and instructions to park visitors.

House Rep Says Congress Uses Tech Like The DMV, But Should Be Like Uber

Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

Interacting with Congress has more in common with going to the DMV than opening an Uber app. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wa.) thinks that's a probl...

Hacking a 21st Century Government

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.06.2016 | 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.