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See you at the BarCamp NewsInnovation!


On April 27, all roads will lead to Philly for the fifth annual BarCamp NewsInnovation (BCNI) and its third annual News hackathon. BCNI (which is part of Philly Tech Week) is a one-day national unconference on journalism innovation and the future of news as explored by practitioners and others in the same field. Sunlight is one of the sponsors for the event.

Participants at the 2012 BCNI

BCNI is organized by the good folks over at Technically Media (the company behind Technically philly) and Temple University Department of Journalism. It will bring together designers, developers like myself and an interesting mix of programmers and students.

Register for the fifth annual BarCamp NewsInnovation and the third annual News hackathon in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 27.


What: BarCamp NewsInnovation

When: Saturday April 27

Where: Temple University Philadelphia, 2020 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Open Source Initiatives Can Strengthen Cities’ Downtown Revitalization


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the guest blogger and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of the Sunlight Foundation or any employee thereof. Sunlight Foundation is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information within the guest blog. Jennnifer Wike is an Editor and contributor for, a community service website of Red Hat dedicated to highlighting the ways in which the 'open source movement' is shaping government, law, education, science and technology, and other areas of life. Jen also helps other businesses develop their content strategies and blogs about growth in downtown Raleigh, NC where she lives. Follow her on Twitter or you can contact her at The open government movement in our country is well underway, though still brand new in terms relative to the pace of the workings of government. Change tends to be delivered slowly, as evident during President Obama’s re-election campaign this year when many of us had to remind ourselves that though some change has trickled down over the past four years, much of it has yet to come to pass due to the inherent processes of government bodies. And yet, it still astonishes me how quickly ‘open’ ideas are being accepted, built and implemented into city governments from the east to west coast.

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What if Government had a Google Buzz Moment?


Three days ago Google released Google Buzz-- a product that got a lot of folks excited-- especially here in the Labs. But fairly quickly people understood something-- Google took a step across an invisible privacy fence. A lot of people are critical or downright ticked off. Google had, in fact, exposed who we communicate with the most to the world.

If the Federal Government released a product similar to Google Buzz, what would have happened?

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