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Taking a Peek Under the Hood of the New FCC.Gov

July 26, 2011 - 12:41 PM by Benjamin J. Balter, New Media Fellow
Public dot-gov sites are playing a big role in delivering on the promises of open government. As many people know, government sites -- for example -- are becoming active participants in this conversation between citizens, developers and dot gov teams. We’re proud that the new
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Contributing Code Back:’s Open-Source Feedback Loop

July 6, 2011 - 12:59 PM by Benjamin J. Balter, New Media Fellow
Here at the FCC, we're always excited when we can contribute to open source software. Open source software is just like any other software, except the creator publishes the underlying source code that powers the application, allowing others to improve upon or adapt the project to their own
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Reform of Procedures, Ex Parte Rules

May 27, 2011 - 03:50 PM by Austin Schlick, General Counsel
A little more than a year ago, I blogged that the FCC had begun two formal proceedings on ways to reform its procedures.  I’m pleased to report now that the reforms are reality.  As a result, starting on Wednesday, June 1, the Commission and the public will benefit from greater
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The FCC as a Platform: New Tools for Developers to Get Involved

May 16, 2011 - 01:15 PM by Abhi Nemani, Director of Strategy and Communications, Code for America
There’s a saying that technology makes easy problems easy, and hard problems possible. Well the FCC is taking on some very hard and important challenges, and doing so smartly with the use of technology to not only increase transparency but also leverage public participation. In particular, by
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Building a Better "Beta"

May 11, 2011 - 09:53 PM by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director
When we launched on April 5, our team kicked off an iterative process to maximize the impact of citizen feedback on the site.The traditional concept of “beta” reflects some of the best attributes the Web: fast cycles of change designed to build off of what’s
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Where Innovation Happens

May 10, 2011 - 11:38 AM by Clay Johnson, Partner, Big Window Labs
In 1932, Justice Louis Brandeis famously quipped that state governments are the "laboratories of democracies." As our population has grown since then our state governments have grown larger, making cities a new and interesting place for governmental innovation innovation. In many cases, the
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Legal and Telecom Practitioners' Voices in the new

May 3, 2011 - 10:58 AM by Colin Sandy, FCBA Access to Government Committee Co-Chair
Federal Communications Bar Association members and other interested individuals took a deep dive into the new website during a half-day session at the commission on April 25. The seminar featured lots of great interaction with the new site and provided the commission’s New Media team
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Delivering on Our Open Government Promise

April 4, 2011 - 12:15 PM by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director
Look across the landscape of government websites, and you see a common phenomenon: a dot gov site at rest, stays at rest.Our own is proof enough. What was hailed in the late 1990’s as one of the leading federal web sites has sprawled out over time, moving with the organizational
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IssueMap Round-up

February 16, 2011 - 03:39 PM by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
We’re really proud and humbled by the splash that IssueMap made last week. Thanks to the team at FortiusOne for rolling out a high-quality product that obviously hit the mark.It’s exciting to see some of the cool IssueMaps that are shared over social networks. You can
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New Tools Allow Developers to Leverage Spectrum Data

January 14, 2011 - 02:15 PM by James Brown
Today the Federal Communications Commission released two new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) on our developer page at The new APIs leverage data from the Spectrum Dashboard and provide the developer community with direct access to these assets.Managing spectrum is
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