The New Brunch
How protesting in permeating our culture; is the DHS hiding their Googling habits?; and more.
BuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold thinks that the Department of Homeland Security redacted large portions of an unclassified assessment of the hacking of Democratic servers, “Not because it would threaten national security, but because it would reveal the methods DHS uses to gather intelligence, methods that may amount to little more than using Google.”
Cat Zakrzewski reports for the Wall Street Journal on how civic apps are seeing more traffic post-Trump. The app Countable, which connects citizens to lawmakers, just finished its first round of funding, with $2 million coming from Canaan Partners, but as Alex Howard pointed out on Twitter, “How did @WSJ write 620 words about a startup getting $2M funding without reporting on its business model?”
Toronto has created a city Civic Innovation Office “to identify major challenges that can be solved through innovative partnerships with external teams,” Jessica Galang reports for Mobile Syrup, part of Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams program.
What sharing economy? Using banner messages that don’t entirely go away for days at a time, Uber is strongly encouraging its drivers in Seattle to listen to company podcasts on the downsides to unionization, Jordan Golson reports for The Verge.
It seems there’s lots of enthusiasm coming from The New York Times’ tech column by Farhad Manjoo these days, and the most recent installment is how the internet is saving culture, not killing it.
The Verge’s Natt Garun is skeptical about how useful Facebook’s new Town Hall feature will actually be, writing, “Relying solely on what data these officials have provided on Facebook prevents it from being genuinely helpful. If your local official isn’t on Facebook, chances are you might not even see them appear on the search results. Additionally, contact information is publicly available on every one of these representatives’ official websites, and it’s a little disappointing to see Town Hall stop short of providing all the information it could to be useful.”
On the other hand, Heather Dockray reports for Mashable on how even people from the deepest-of-red states are finding each other on Facebook and organizing against Trump together.
And Katie Rogers reports for The New York Times on how protesting is the new brunch in D.C.
Find a resistance event or meeting near you on the ACLU’s People Power map.
Listen in: Our Micah Sifry will be on the Dr. DigiPol Show with Alan Rosenblatt this afternoon at 4pm ET to discuss what is civic tech and why it matters. Learn more about the show and how to stream it here.
Opportunities: Calling all technology companies solving urban challenges! Join the NYC Mayor’s Office of Tech & Innovation + NYC Department of Small Business Services for the Neighborhood Challenge 5.0 kickoff on Tuesday, March 28 at The Hub @ Grand Central Tech from 3-6pm! (RSVP required by Friday, March 24). If you enter and win the Challenge, you’ll be awarded $100,000.
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