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April 29, 2011 | By

Iowa Gov to Host Weekly YouTube Address (Tech President) Gov. Branstad will be soliciting questions via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, then responding to them every Friday in a weekly segment called “Ask the Gov.” This Week in Politics & Digital: The Openness & Transparency Issue (Mashable) This week the news focused on issues of transparency, […]

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March 22, 2011 | By

Can One Website Bring Transparency to Online Giving? (Mashable) WePay’s financial platform has embraced the non-profit world by allowing for transparency in its donations. Inside Think Tanks’ Digital Designs (Tech President) A peek inside the online media strategies of two ideological think tanks: the Center for American Progress and the Heritage Foundation. Don’t forget to […]

State Department and Federal Trade Commission Officials Discuss Social Media on C-SPAN

January 31, 2011 | By

Two government officials describe the State Department and the Federal Trade Commission’s positions on social media and the role of free expression and the protection of privacy online.

Contrary to Popular Belief, Constituents Trump Lobbyists

January 26, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from The Partnership for a More Perfect Union Communicating with Congress blog Today, CMF and the Partnership released a new survey of congressional staff which reveals that they believe constituents have far more influence on undecided lawmakers than lobbyists. If you listen to the media, the pundits, or the general public, however, you might […]

Sunlight’s Politiwidgets

November 4, 2010 | By

The hard-working transparency advocates at the Sunlight Foundation have released a new suite of tools called Politiwidgets. Each tool in the 10-widget set is as easily customizable and embeddable by bloggers as searching for, resizing, and generating code for embedding a YouTube video.

The suite includes some interesting tools that haven’t really surfaced on the web in such customizable fashion, even if the data behind the tools have become available over the past couple of years through other projects like, for example,

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August 12, 2010 | By

Can Case Studies and Code Chunks Help Open the Democratic Party? (Tech President) The Democratic National Committee unveils new open-source site aimed to increase transparency & collaboration online. More Bloggers Throwing Hats in Ring (Politico) Bloggers assert their power in the political arena beyond the web by running for office. Don’t forget to sign […]

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July 21, 2010 | By

Bringing Blogging’s Energy to the Department of, Well, You Know (TechPresident) The Department of Energy launches a new blog, aptly named Energy Blog, aiming to increase transparency and engagement. N.A.A.C.P. Backtracks on Official Accused of Bias (The New York Times) Controversy over truncated video posting raises issues of transparency when blogging. Don’t forget to sign […]

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May 10, 2010 | By

POIA Would Make the Government Work Better (Sunlight Foundation) Some believe the recently introduced Public Online Information Act (POIA), which will make public information available online, will empower citizens to hold their government accountable, therefore making it work better. Hand-Deliver Your Emails! (To Congress) (e.politics) Did you know that it’s usually more effective to print […]

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May 3, 2010 | By

Transparency Caucus Kicks Off (Hillicon Valley) Last week twenty-six lawmakers kicked off a new caucus dedicated to making government more transparent and accountable. Major Findings from the 2010 Social Media Marketing Industry Report (Personal Branding Blog) Read up on some of the major findings in’s 2010 Social Media Marketing Industry Report. Don’t forget to […]

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April 27, 2010 | By

Undercover Persuasion by Tech Industry Lobbyists (The Washington Post) As K Street insiders harness the power of social networking on websites such as Twitter and Facebook, one journalist questions whether these lobbyists and public relations professionals are properly disclosing their true motives. Women in New Media: At the Top or in the Trenches? (Politics Daily) […]