All That Philly Jazz is Live

At last weekend’s Music Hack, a music-related hackathon, the All That Philly Jazz team, Mark Headd, Mike Lamond and the writer, developed the Philly Jazz App, an interactive map where we will tell the story of Philadelphia’s rich jazz legacy....more

Lady Hackers Kick off Women’s History Month

It’s called the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection) but last weekend’s Lady Hacks was for women only. ...more
Well done and keep going!  Love to see this collaboration and synergy. @MsTechGroupmore

To Fix STEM Crisis, Go Back to the Future

There is a STEM crisis in the United States. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The U.S. ranks 25th in math and 17th in science among the 65 countries participating in PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment. ...more
We waste a lot of ability in this country simply by judging it not present. I saw a great ...more

Why Do Republicans Keep Picking on Susan Rice?

I have watched with bewilderment as Republicans ratchet up their attacks on United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice.To be sure, Congress should investigate what happened in Benghazi. After all, four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens who reportedly had expressed concern about the “security vacuum” around the consulate....more
Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell wasn't hauled before Congress to answer ...more

My Year as a Civic Innovator

I’m a policy wonk and doer. This time last year, I didn’t have a clue what happened at a hackathon. I associated hackers with bad guys who stole identities and broke into websites. So you can imagine my delight to be introduced to a community of civic-minded hackers. Hackathons provide a platform for problem-solvers and do-gooders to collaborate and create interesting things....more

Yo! Philly Votes Will Turn Data into Action

I am a voting rights activist who has monitored elections in Angola, Ethiopia and Nigeria, and led democracy workshops in Kazakhstan. Since 2006, I have live-blogged from the Election Day command centers organized by the Election Protection Coalition and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation....more
Allie ONeal...EXACTLY! My same thought.more

The High Cost of a Free Voter ID

On Friday, the Justice Department rejected South Carolina's photo ID law on the grounds it has a disparate impact on minority voters. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez wrote in a letter to South Carolina Deputy Attorney General Alan Wilson:...more
There are elderly people who don't have valid ID. My grandmother was one of them.more