1. How the U.S. Chief Technology Officer is Making Data Awesome, Mashable

     

  2. "• Hours of counterterrorism training given to the police: 336,552, up 61 percent from 2011.
    • Percentage of adults who smoke: 14.8 percent, up from 14.0 percent in 2011.
    • Percentage of pay telephones inspected and deemed inoperable: 25, up from 23 in 2011 and 19 in 2010."
    — Your [New York] City Government by the Numbers, and More Numbers, NYTimes
     

  3. "Jim and I have been thinking long and hard about how you can deliver better government through the use of technology. It starts with data, with having a platform where we can serve up rich data points to our city and anyone else who’s interested in it. We’re starting at a place where we can build our expertise and take the community with us. They’ll give us strong, important feedback and we’ll go on this journey together."
    — 

    Palo Alto, Calif.’s Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental on the city’s new open data initiaive. 

    Read more of my interview with him and city manager James Keene at Mashable.

     
  4. This chart claims to show the political persuasion and participation rate of users on various web platforms. It’s an interesting concept, but I’m not sold on the methodology - Engage, the firm behind the research, used a pretty small sample size.

    More here.

     
  5. Google’s latest Transparency Report is out. My reporting is here, check out the data for yourself here.

    Most interesting bit: Google took down hundreds of YouTube videos after U.K. police alleged they promoted terrorism.

    Most hilarious bit: Google refused to take down a YouTube video of a Canadian peeing on his passport and flushing it down the toilet, per a Canadian request. Working on finding that video now, because reasons.