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Nice piece by @jbrodkin on allowing devices to go "off roading." Very much what http://t.co/DYnn0zbU, and the FOI book, were getting at.
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CNN and Facebook to partner on "I'm Voting" app in 2012 election.
http://gov20.govfresh.com/social-citizenship-cnn-and-facebook-to-partner-on-im-voting-app-in-2012-election/

Two years ago, I wondered whether “social voting” on Foursquare would increase voter participation.

That experiment is about to be writ much larger. In a release today, first reported (as far as I can tell) by Mike Allen in Politico Playbook, CNN and Facebook announced that they will be partnering on a “I’m Voting” Facebook app that will display commitments to vote on timelines, newsfeeds and the “real-time ticker” in Facebook.

Will social networks encouraging people to share their voting behavior lead to more engagement throughout the year? After all, people are citizens 365 days a year, not just every two years on election day. Will “social citizenship” play a role in Election 2012?

The early evidence, at least from healthcare in 2010, was that social sharing can lead to more awareness and promote health. Whether civic health improves, at least as measured in voter participation, is another matter. How you voted used to be a question that each registered citizen could choose to keep to him or herself. In 2012 and the age of social media, that social norm may be shifting.

One clear winner in Election 2012, however, will almost certainly be Facebook, which will be collecting a lot of data about users that participate in this app and associated surveys — and that data will be of great interest in political scientists and future campaigns alike.
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The fifth leading cause of death in America is not cars, cancer, or camping in the woods with buxom beauties while listening to creepy music. Rather, it’s doctors. More specifically, medical ...
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Apple has good chances of using price incentives for sharing one's music or other media preferences. 
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You gotta fight for your right to #privacy. Know your enemy first, get #collusion.
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Anger, he smiles towering in shiny metallic purple armor: ΣΥΡΙΖΑ

Queen jealousy, envy waits behind him.
Her fiery green gown sneers at the grassy ground:ΠΑΣΟΚ

Blue are the life giving waters taking for granted:ΝΔ
They quietly understand.
Once happy turquoise armies lay opposite ready:ΑΝΕΞ.ΕΛΛ.
But wonder why the fight is on.

My red is so confident he flashes trophies of war: Χ.Α.
And ribbons of euphoria: ΔΗΜ.ΑΡ.
Orange is young, full of daring but very unsteady for the first go 'round: ΔΗΜ.ΞΑΝΑ & ΔΗΜ.ΣΥΜ.
My yellow in this case is not so mellow: Οικολόγοι
In fact I'm trying to say it's frightened like me: ΚΚΕ (αυτοί έχασαν το χρώμα τους).
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First, we must enable citizens and an increasingly mobile federal workforce to securely access high-quality digital government information, data and services – “anywhere, anytime, on any device.” By operationalizing an information-centric model, we can help agencies securely architect systems for interoperability and openness. Doing so will allow agencies to modernize their content publication model and deliver better, device-agnostic digital services at a lower cost. In addition, by providing machine-readable connections to government data and services, government agencies, businesses, and independent innovators can directly access the building blocks of government – recombining them to create new services or connecting them with existing services to streamline operations.

Secondly, we must ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we build the modern infrastructure needed to support digital government efforts and leverage the Federal Government’s buying power to reduce costs. Taking what we have learned from the previous transition in moving government information and services online, we now have a chance to do mobile “right” from the beginning by procuring and managing devices, applications, and data in a smart, secure, and affordable manner. Establishing a Digital Services Innovation Center and Advisory Group will help lay the foundation for a well-coordinated approach toward these objectives.

Ultimately, this strategy aims to be disruptive. It provides a platform to fundamentally shift how government connects with, and provides services to, the American people. It gives the federal workforce the tools needed to carry out their mission of delivering services to all citizens – whether to a warfighter in the field retrieving geospatial imagery information; a medical researcher sharing the latest bio specimen data sets for a rare form of cancer; or a rural farmer accessing a real-time forecast of seasonal precipitation. It creates a space for citizens to become partners in building a better government, where “every man,” as Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “feels that he is a participator in the government of affairs.”
Mission drives agencies, and the need to deliver better services to customers at a lower cost is pushing every level of government to look for new solutions.
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For Mother's day:
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