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Government & Politics
by Lisa Gardner

Sweeping online surveillance and internet censorship are fast becoming vital means for Thailand’s junta to consolidate political control since seizing power in a coup on May 22. Thailand’s military, since renamed the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has blocked hundreds of websites, issued orders that constrain critical reporting, and threatened those who produce [...] more »

Financial
by Desiree Everts

Seventeen media innovators will have a chance to push their projects from idea to actual demos, thanks to grants of $35,000 each from the Knight Prototype Fund. The Knight Foundation on Tuesday announced the most recent winners of the fund, which accepts applications on a quarterly basis and is one of several moves by Knight [...] more »

Best Practices
by Michael Lissner

If computers were preschoolers, they wouldn't be very popular students. They don't like to share their data, they don't usually talk to anybody, and they can be a little bit obnoxious if you don't give them what they want. Computers with government data on them would likely be even less popular. Those computers really don't [...] more »

Best Practices
by Waldo Jaquith

The basic concept behind The State Decoded is both simple and obvious: Create a platform to display laws in a nice, understandable way, using the data already present in those laws. So why hadn’t anybody done it before? Because it’s too hard to do perfectly. The State Decoded is not perfect, by design. Its definition [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Rodrigo Davies

As the field of civic crowdfunding emerges and grows, it is spawning many competing visions of what the field is and where its appeal comes from. Lately I’ve been thinking about questions such as: How much is crowdfunding about community and shared values? How much is it about physical places? How much is it about [...] more »

Government & Politics
by mbauer

OpenSpending is a database, analysis, and visualization tool for budget- and expenditure-related data. It acts as a data warehouse, giving you access to budgetary data from around the world. One of OpenSpending’s most commonly used features is its ability to easily visualize budgets in two different formats. In this tutorial, we will use data from [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Camille Crittenden

New technology tools, combined with raised expectations among voters and stakeholders for government transparency, have sparked a movement toward “open government.” Championed by advocacy organizations and a few high-profile elected officials, the trend seeks to promote greater accountability and responsiveness for the systems of representative democracy. An area of particular opportunity — as well as [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Ryan Thornburg

A little more than five months after NBC News shut down its hyperlocal product, EveryBlock.com, the original open-source application has been resurrected in Columbia, Mo. But although both products were born of the same Django codebase and Knight Foundation funding, visitors to The Columbia Daily Tribune’s new Neighborhoods site will see a different emphasis and [...] more »

Government & Politics
by John Berryman

State codes are wretched. Seriously, look at a few from: California, New York, Illinois, and Texas. They are all good examples of how stunningly difficult it is to understand state laws. They don’t have APIs. Virtually none have bulk downloads. You’re stuck with their crude offerings. The State Decoded is a platform that displays state codes, court decisions, and information [...] more »

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