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Americans know surprisingly little about their government, survey finds

The Annenberg Public Policy Center : “Americans show great uncertainty when it comes to answering basic questions about how their government works, a national survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has found. The survey of 1,416 adults, released for Constitution Day (Sept. 17) in conjunction with the launch […]

Creating a national citizen engagement process for energy policy

Paper by Nick Pidgeon et al in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS): “This paper examines some of the science communication challenges involved when designing and conducting public deliberation processes on issues of national importance. We take as our illustrative case study a recent research project investigating public values and attitudes toward […]

France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy

Romain Dillet at TechCrunch: “After four long months of speculations and political maneuvering, the French Government finally announced that France is getting its first Chief Data Officer…. First, it’s all about pursuing Etalab’s work when it comes to open data. The small team acted as a startup and quickly iterated on its central platform and […]

Barriers to the Open Government Data Agenda: Taking a Multi-Level Perspective

Article by Chris Martin in “Policy & Internet“: “A loose coalition of advocates for Open Government Data (OGD) argue that such data has the potential to have a transformative impact by catalyzing innovation across sectors of the economy and by fostering democratic participation and engagement. However, there is limited evidence to date of the OGD […]

Smart Inclusive Cities: How New Apps, Big Data, and Collaborative Technologies Are Transforming Immigrant Integration

New report by Meghan Benton for the Migration Policy Institute: “The spread of smartphones—cellphones with high-speed Internet access and geolocation technology—is transforming urban life. While many smartphone apps are largely about convenience, policymakers are beginning to explore their potential to address social challenges from disaster response to public health. And cities, in North America and […]

Ants Are Cool but Teach Us Nothing

Edward O. Wilson in Bloomberg View: “…For nearly seven decades, starting in boyhood, I’ve studied hundreds of kinds of ants around the world, and this qualifies me, I believe, to offer some advice on ways their lives can be applied to ours. I’ll start with the question I’m most often asked: “What can I do […]

Prizes for Saving: The Social Mobility Case

Stuart Butler at Brookings: “The American Savings Promotion Act (H.R. 3374), a bipartisan bill passed by the House of Representatives this week (yes, it does sometimes happen) could lift economic mobility in America by boosting savings, especially in lower income neighborhoods. The bill removes legal impediments to banks and thrift institutions offering “prize-linked savings” products […]

Experiments on Crowdsourcing Policy Assessment

Paper by John Prpić, Araz Taeihagh, and James Melton Jr for the Oxford Internet Institute IPP2014: Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy: “Can Crowds serve as useful allies in policy design? How do non-expert Crowds perform relative to experts in the assessment of policy measures? Does the geographic location of non-expert Crowds, with relevance to the policy […]

The measurable me: the influence of self-quantification on the online user’s decision-making process

Paper by Mimmi Sjöklint for the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers:  “The advancement of information technology, online accessibility and wearable computing is fostering a new playground for users to engage with quantified data sets. On one hand, the online user is continuously yet passively exposed to different types of quantified data in online […]