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Visualizing the Invisible News

November 17, 2010
Bill Rankin

Data visualization leverages the universal grammar of images. When it succeeds, it delivers its impact concisely with elegant design and transmits complex data with split second-efficiency. Numerous blogs are dedicated to data visualizations, such as Information is Beautiful, Flowing Data, Cool Infographics, and Visualizing Economics. The Twittersphere was buzzing last July with this striking Clay Shirky-inspired “Cognitive Surplus Visualized” representation of hours of TV watched plotted against hours spent to create Wikipedia. Companies like IBM employ researchers and computer scientists at their Visual Communication Lab, whose Many Eyes research experiment encourages the public to “upload data, visualize it, and talk about their discoveries with other people.” 

Mozilla Drumbeat: Report from NYC

August 17, 2010
Photo Credit: Kinano (Flickr)

Mozilla Drumbeat describes itself as “practical projects and local events that gather smart, creative people around big ideas, solving problems and building the open web.” The Drumbeat events are a new venture for Mozilla, with the ultimate goal of fostering community and projects to keep the Internet open. Last week’s New York event, hosted at Open Plans, was true to its billing.  

Better news bites for your information health

August 2, 2010

Like a corner fast food restaurant, information is available all the time and never very far away. This around-the-clock information environment has the potential to produce a better informed citizenry. But a world of quick sound bytes also runs the risk of becoming as empty and unhealthy as fast food, leaving us too full for the hearty “long-form” story. Is our news and media consumption too many Twitter snacks and RSS candy bars?

Catering to the Citizen as Consumer

July 14, 2010
Photo Credit: jurno (Flickr)
When Zappos.com first appeared on the scene, I didn’t immediately realize its appeal. I only converted when I discovered the site’s supreme convenience (amazing return policy) and ease of use (massive amounts of well organized information).  This sort of effortlessness is what most people have now come to expect in their experience as consumers on the Internet. This expectation  is no longer limited (if it ever was) to purely material consumption: Citizens now expect similar ease in engaging with government websites.

.Gov Sites Go Social

July 2, 2010
Photo credit: Oversocialized (Flickr)

The use of social media by the feds is here to stay, complete with privacy guidelines and best practices. Back in April, an OMB memo from Cass Sunstein noted, “To engage the public, federal agencies are expanding their use of social media and web-based interactive technologies.” And he’s right—federal entities have embraced the use of third-party websites as a way to connect with the public, and as part of the Open Government Directive.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Public Information

June 18, 2010

Given our recent discussions about the sometimes complicated relationship between government and technological innovation, several of us at MPI were curious to see what Digital Capital Week’s "Gov and Org 2.0 Day" had in store.  Many of the conversations at the panels I attended on Wednesday swirled around websites focused on public information that help to promote government efficiency. Information, information, information—both its quantity and ease of access—was the day’s constant refrain, especially in discussions of how user-friendly public information can enhance citizen efficiency.

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