All posts by Nick Skytland

Media in Context: A Hackathon by Al Jazeera

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Today we are announcing a great project we are working on with the Innovation and Research Group at Al Jazeera!  Al Jazeera is organizing its inaugural hackathon focused on the future of media and technology.   The event will be held in Doha, Qatar this November. If selected, you’ll collaborate with some of the most innovative minds in media and journalism to imagine the future of news and information. We’re taking applications from designers, developers, media experts, and…

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The Visualizations of Mass Collaboration

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When confronted with a monolithic table of numbers and words, such as that which summarizes the 2014 National Day of Civic Hacking, the default response of many is either confusion or panic. It is a well-established truth that the human brain is not well equipped to glean meaning from patterns and trends when they are embedded in spreadsheet form. This makes perfect sense! Throughout our evolutionary history, man’s life has rarely been at the mercy...
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The National Day of Civic Hacking on Track to Set Civic-Hacking Records

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The second annual National Day of Civic Hacking is on track to become the largest mass collaboration in history with over 100 events taking place around the world to improve our communities and the governments that serve them. 1 May 2014 The second National Day of Civic Hacking will take place throughout the U.S. (and beyond) on May 31 and June 1. Sponsored by Intel, the international event is a significant opportunity for government agencies,…

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The Potential of the Open Government Partnership

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The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has come a long way since its inception as an international platform for transparency a mere two years ago. The partnership has rapidly grown from an initial set of eight founding governments to over 60 governments today who are committing to take government towards a new level of integrity, responsiveness and civic engagement. The partnership effectively creates a level-playing field for governments to implement and compare measures that increase government…

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