Tag: government

by Waldo Jaquith

State laws are written for and by attorneys. While that might make for a good legal system, it sure makes them hard for regular people to understand. There’s code law — what law books are full of — and then there’s case law, which is how the laws are actually interpreted by courts. Every time […] more »

by Retha Hill

One of the joys of living in Phoenix, besides the winters, is the local airport. Sky Harbor bills itself as the nation’s friendliest airport and, while I won’t go that far, I love the fact that you can get in and out with minimal hassle. Even with construction to build a tram system linking the […] more »

by Ian Cairns

In the context of our [TileMill](http://mediashift.org/idealab/2010/08/tilemill-custom-maps-to-help-with-data-dumps-hyper-local215.html) project, we’ve been talking about our goal to help make open data from governments more actionable by making it easier to turn GIS data into custom maps. We’re focused on building better tools so people can turn data into custom maps to tell better stories online, but another important […] more »

by Martin Moore

This week Orkney Today announced it was closing. The paper, which served the small islands of Orkney just off the Scottish coast, was — like countless other local papers — battling against declining circulation and disappearing ad revenues. “Orkney Media Group management and the newspaper’s excellent staff have tried a number of initiatives to reverse […] more »

by Daniel X. O'Neil

Today New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo made news headlines by coming down hard on American International Group (AIG), the company that has paid out millions of dollars in bonuses to some of the people thought responsible for the billions of dollars in losses that preceded government bailout money that continues to flow to the […] more »

by David Sasaki

Amid so much talk of federal bailouts for the banking and auto industries, what would a national bailout plan for journalism look like? If you were given $700 billion to save journalism, how would you use it? How would you fix the system? The End of Commercial Media Several months ago I watched Roger Alton, […] more »

by Daniel X. O'Neil

It appears that the United States government is going to purchase hundreds of billions of dollars worth of bad mortgages in an effort to prevent the collapse of the world’s financial system. If they do, I’d like them to publish a list of all of the mortgages they purchase — the loan number, the address […] more »

by Amy Gahran

When we started the Boulder Carbon Tax Tracker project, we believed what local people involved in this effort told us — that they’d be happy to contribute to this public conversation, speak up with their ideas and observations. Since we’re dealing with a fairly niche topic mainly involving local government in a small city, we […] more »

by Steven Clift

Government websites don’t have sidewalks, newspaper racks, public hearing rooms, hallways or grand assemblies. There are no public forums or meeting places in the heart of representative democracy online. The question that this essay will ask and answer is not what can we do to redesign democracy for the Internet Age, but, rather, why have […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

Blaring red headlines on the Drudge Report announced to the world that the three New York City Police who shot Sean Bell 50 times, killing him, were found not guilty. Drudge, with his right wing reputation, it turns out was one of the only mainstream white blogs to prominently play the Bell verdict. In fairness, […] more »