"What’s necessary, in my opinion, is to drive a wedge in the cracks of legal and government bureaucracies, to pull them apart at their seams, unwinding them slowly but surely. Perhaps we will rebuild them, because, together, we determine that in some form or another, they are useful to us. But I’m not sure I find it valuable to focus on that right now. Instead, I want to be part of their undoing. And I believe that #opendata and #opensource tools can be used as part of that work. The work is to use these forms of data to question, judge, undermine, challenge, and transform oppressive institutional structures." - Alex Fink
An much needed review of #OpenGov and our opportunity to change the status quo. Good read, thanks Alex. For full story via: Public Fragments.
In late September, the veil was officially lifted on one of the most highly anticipated creative spaces in South Florida. Makers Square, a 14,000 sq. ft. membership based makerspace open to artists and projects of all types. Featuring a plethora of tools, classes, and workshops, Makers Square will soon become a cornerstone in the Fort Lauderdale creative community.Read more
The other day someone from a service that offers similar functionality signed up for SuperCalendar.
I still get an email every time someone signs up for our service, I usually quickly glance at rapportive and customize a welcome email.
I originally heard about his service from a potential…
A lesson in collaborative competition.
How we’re Coding for America in Oakland!
"More than the app, Code for America is changing the culture in Oakland government. I’ve seen all sorts of people who don’t usually get involved in government get involved because of either Code for America directly or the tools that Code for America has created." - Councilmember Libby Schaaf
This is sweeeet.
The White House honors open government change agents and civic hackers as Champions of Change. July 24, 2013.
This was so much fun.
Global Corruption Barometer 2013
via Transparency International's GCB website.
The icons above represent 12 major institutions, from the media or the police, to political parties or the judicial system. Click an icon to see the countries where respondents felt the selected institution was among the most corrupt in the country.
Reddit crimes never pay: After it was discovered that the developers of the popular QuickMeme site were secretly moderating a popular subreddit, deleting links from competitors in the process, the social network banned the entire domain. The Daily Dot explains how a couple of Reddit moderators figured it out.