Open Government

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Facebook Town Hall Feature Trades Privacy for Efficacy

// In the wake of the 2016 election, Facebook unveils Town Hall. The new feature will ‘strengthen the online community’ by connecting users to the elected officials that represent them. If keeping users on-site to create marketable data is in Facebook’s best interest, can Town Hall really deliver? Will the ad platform use Town Hall data for targeting? Who […]

First They Came for Our Zunes

// If private employees must agree to remote access of work issued devices like cellphones, laptops and tablets, shouldn’t the same security measures be in place for our government employees? In this quick blog post I try to look at the DOJ/Apple decryption debacle from another angle.

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Quick Update: In the News

Most of the time I find myself reporting and commenting on tech news. Once in a while, however, I’m part of that news:

For my work with Code for Philly – a Code for America Brigade, I was recognized both on the official CfP blog, and on Technical.ly/Philly (a tech blog with a focus on civic engagement […]

It’s Often Transparent in Philadelphia: When Open Government Actually Works

//Ah – the sweet smell of transparency in local government. In this blog post I’ll take a look at a recently released report that was only made possible by bringing together civic actors and civic hackers. Through that I’ll look at the stigma around the word “hacker” itself – hopefully lending some clarity to an […]