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Farewell … For Now
November 22, 2011 – 12:57 am | No Comment

This blog was born just over a year ago, in July of 2010, with a series of posts examining the work of Latin American civil society organizations like Artículo 19, the Center for the Investigation …

CRMs for Civil Society
October 10, 2011 – 5:27 pm | No Comment
CRMs for Civil Society

Overwhelmed by Interactions
As the famous saying goes, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Social network analysis backs up the truism. In March 2010 three researchers found that a CEO’s annual salary increases …

The Technology of Corporate Accountability
August 24, 2011 – 8:08 pm | No Comment
The Technology of Corporate Accountability

Last week a Chilean commission of environment, health, economy, mining and agriculture ministers voted to approve a massive coal mining project on Riesco Island in the far south of the country. Supporters of the project, …

Mexico’s Open Data Movement
August 15, 2011 – 9:39 pm | No Comment
Mexico’s Open Data Movement

Though still in its early days, the data journalism movement is taking hold in Mexico with the rise of two distinct but overlapping communities, Hacks/Hackers and OpenData.mx.
The global Hacks/Hackers network began in late 2009 in …

A Mint.com for Government: The Future of Budget Monitoring
July 27, 2011 – 7:57 pm | No Comment
A Mint.com for Government: The Future of Budget Monitoring

Once a week I receive a mildly depressing email from Mint.com. Last week was fairly typical: I spent $60 on beer and alcohol when I only budgeted for $10, I paid $8 in banking fees …

The Week in Mexico via Civil Society and Storify
May 28, 2011 – 11:35 pm | No Comment
The Week in Mexico via Civil Society and Storify

Civil society organizations are becoming increasingly adept at using social media to communicate to a wider public. While they continue to send traditional press releases to newspaper reporters and broadcast media, they are also increasingly …

New Ideas for Transparency & Technology in Latin America
May 14, 2011 – 4:54 pm | One Comment
New Ideas for Transparency & Technology in Latin America

For the past four months Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente — in collaboration with Información Cívica and Silvana Fumega, a consultant for the World Bank Institute — has been organizing a series of video-conferences with transparency NGOs …

Entrevista con Fundación Directorio Legislativo: ¿Puede la tecnología llevar a la gente al Congreso?
April 22, 2011 – 7:34 pm | No Comment
Entrevista con Fundación Directorio Legislativo: ¿Puede la tecnología llevar a la gente al Congreso?

En nuestro anterior post, “Una crítica a los sitios web de monitoreo legislativo,” dimos una mirada a la campaña #InternetNecesario en México como a un modelo para incrementar la participación cívica en los debates legislativos. …

Interview with Fundación Directorio Legislativo: Can Tech Bring Citizens to Congress?
April 22, 2011 – 7:05 pm | No Comment
Interview with Fundación Directorio Legislativo: Can Tech Bring Citizens to Congress?

In our last post, “A Critique of Legislative Monitoring Websites,” we looked at the #InternetNecesario campaign in Mexico as a model to increase civic participation in legislative debates. A review of the campaign reveals the …

A Critique of Legislative Monitoring Websites
March 30, 2011 – 6:02 am | No Comment
A Critique of Legislative Monitoring Websites

What legislative monitoring can learn from #InternetNecesario
In October 2009 Alejandro Pisanty of the Internet Society of Mexico caught wind that the Chamber of Deputies (one of Mexico’s two legislative bodies) would soon vote on a …