The Progressive Coders Network matures; Calibri font key in corruption case; and more.

With Angel Quicksey

  • Angel Quicksey reports for Civicist on the evolution of the Progressive Coders Network from the scrappy, ad hoc Coders for Sanders crew to a volunteer network with over 1,000 members.

  • Count Love has shared an updated version of the time-lapse animation of protests around the country since inauguration day, which they first shared at PDF earlier this year.

  • This is civic tech: Chattanooga, Tennessee, adopted a Facebook chatbot to encourage public access to open data, Nathan Zencey writes for the Sunlight Foundation.

  • Are you by any chance looking for another reason to curse the MTA? Alexander Kharlamov has the story for you, about trying to build an app to make his and others’ commutes to and from Long Island just a little bit better. The MTA had other ideas.

  • The Chicago Leadership Alliance has released a new app for civic engagement, structured like a marketplace for finding neighborhood meetings or organizations of interest to you, Andreas Rekdal reports for Built in Chicago.

  • Microsoft’s Calibri font could topple Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Eleanor Ross reports for Newsweek. A Supreme Court probe into corruption allegations against his family members found “significant disparity” between their declared wealth and known sources of income. One key piece of evidence is a statement supposedly from 2006 written in Microsoft’s default Calibri font. That font was not made widely available to the public by Microsoft until 2007, suggesting the documents may have been forged.

  • Trump watch: For the Philadelphia Inquirer, Will Bunch writes that the key to determining collusion will be to follow the data. How did the Russians know which possible-Clinton voters to target with negative ads? How did they know which possible-Trump voters to bombard with positive ones? In this scenario, Cambridge Analytica emerges once again as a leading character.

  • Algorithmic bias is becoming a major societal issue at a critical moment in the evolution of machine learning and AI, Will Knight writes in the MIT Technology Review.

  • Moment of Zen-cryption: “The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only laws that applies in Australia is the law of Australia.”

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