Tag: government

by Benjamin Melançon

The San Jose Mercury News’ location in Silicon Valley is not the first reason it should have become the newspaper of record in the Internet age. Reading about this year’s round of layoffs and cutbacks, I think about the journalist the Mercury News cut off twelve years ago during boom times. In 1996, a series […] more »

by Steven Clift

My focus tends to be the “citizen” in citizen media. Over the last few years I’ve increasing found myself at conferences like Public Media and the Online News Association. I always feel a bit out of place, because despite the adoption of online interactivity in online news and media, I am still pretty much viewed […] more »

by Steven Clift

Over the years my work has brought me to Rome a few times. The Roman Forum as well as the Athenian Agora have always intrigued me as a model for envisioning online public spaces. Surrounding a public space you have major public and religious institutions, a commercial market in one corner, a place for public […] more »

by Steven Clift

As I noted in my IdeaLab introduction, my background is in online citizen engagement. Specifically, I run a non-profit, E-Democracy.Org, that promotes both government and media accountability at the local level through online town halls we call Issues Forums. (Note our Minneapolis discussion of changes at the StarTribune here and here.) In the mid-90’s I […] more »