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Electionline – election reform news and information

“ is the nation’s only nonpartisan, non-advocacy clearinghouse for election reform news and information. It was founded in 2001 by Doug Chapin and supported by a grant to the University of Richmond from The Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2007 the electionline team formally joined The Pew Charitable Trusts as part of Pew’s transition from private… Continue Reading

USPS leveraging social media to target employee misconduct

Via NextGov: “Paid consultants are scheduled to teach agents “Internet reconnaissance” during a three-day June workshop at the office’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters, according to a November 2015 contracting notice. The training will include methods “to identify the target individual/organization’s social media and Internet footprint,” the notice states, referring to government employees, contractors and other companies. “Developing the… Continue Reading

The Social Intranet Insights on Managing and Sharing Knowledge Internally

IBM Center for the Business of Government – The Social Intranet: Insights on Managing and Sharing Knowledge Internally, March 2016: “Corporate America increasingly relies on social intranets to leverage employees’ knowledge and foster collaboration in ways that speed up work and reduce costs . While much of the federal government lags behind, some agencies are… Continue Reading

Pew – 5 facts about Twitter at age 10

Pew Research Center – ” The very first Twitter message was sent on March 21, 2006. The microblogging platform was then known as twttr – the vowels came later, after the founders bought the domain name. It spent its first few months as an internal messaging system for Odeo, the company that developed it,… Continue Reading

Twitter Timeline requires users to Opt-Out

Gizmodo – “Much to the chagrin of anyone who hates algorithms, it appears that Twitter’s new timeline—the one that displays tweets based on importance rather than chronology—is now the default setting for all users. Twitter rolled out the feature in February, but it was initially opt-in. Now, however, reports are emerging that the company has… Continue Reading

New updates for Amber open source plugin to keep links accessible

“The Berkman Center is excited to announce a new release for Amber, the open source tool for WordPress and Drupal that helps fight Internet censorship and link rot by keeping linked content accessible…Amber v1.4.2 is a result of the feedback and input we’ve received from so many early adopters. The new version for WordPress increases… Continue Reading

Berkman Center – publication of reports examining role of the networked public sphere in Arab region

“The Berkman Center is pleased to announce the publication of Mobilization for Change, a new series of reports examining the role of the networked public sphere in advancing civic participation and collective action in the Arab region. The online space in Egypt, Tunisia, and Bahrain reflects a growingly polarized and contentious offline political environment, with… Continue Reading

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted 1,000 photos during his year in space

“Windows on Earth is an educational project that features photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronauts take hundreds of photos each day, for science research, education and public outreach.  The photos are often dramatic, and help us all appreciate home planet Earth. This web site provides free public access to virtually all… Continue Reading

President Obama posts comment new Supreme Court justice to SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog Obama, A Responsibility I Take Seriously, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 24, 2016, 8:00 AM), “A Responsibility I Take Seriously – The Constitution vests in the President the power to appoint judges to the Supreme Court.  It’s a duty that I take seriously, and one that I will fulfill in the weeks ahead. It’s also one… Continue Reading

HoaxMap documents and identifies inaccuracies about migrant crime in Germany

Via “Germany is in the midst of what has been dubbed a refugee crisis and a fair number of Germans are so worried about the influx of foreigners that they fall for made-up stories. And, while right-wing violence has shot up recently, there is no evidence to suggest that the crime rate has increased… Continue Reading

Open Data Institute News

“Stay ahead of the curve with the latest open data news, blogs and comment from the ODI team, global network and industry experts around the world. From practical tips for publishing open data to inspiring accounts of how open data has changed lives, we’re publishing new blogs all the time…We connect, equip and inspire people… Continue Reading

Twitter launches new Timeline Feature

Mike Jahr, Twitter Senior Engineering Manager: “Introducing a new Home timeline feature, giving you the option to see the best Tweets first. You follow hundreds of people on Twitter — maybe thousands — and when you open Twitter, it can feel like you’ve missed some of their most important Tweets. Today, we’re excited to share… Continue Reading