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Government 2.0

Greece is the cradle of democracy--a revolutionary government system that, all these centuries later, we're still improving upon. Technology plays an important role today in fostering civic engagement. From American cities turning to crowdfunding to Greece running a program of "Wikilaws" to hear from citizens during a crisis that shook Europe, today's big idea explores government 2.0.

  1. 1 Crowdsourcing Government
  2. 2 Crowdfunding Cities
  3. 3 What Would Plato Think of Crowdso...
  4. 4 The Wisdom of Crowds, Revisited
Yesterday’s Theme
  1. Crowdsourcing Government

    Crowdsourcing Government

    George Papandreou, the Former Prime Minister of Greece, Talks Wikilaws

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  2. Crowdfunding Cities

    Crowdfunding Cities

    To a City in Slow Recovery like Detroit, Crowdfunding May Provide Much-Needed Innovation

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  3. What Would Plato Think of Crowdsourcing?

    What Would Plato Think of Crowdsourcing?

    Why Plato Would Have Loved the World Wide Web

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  4. The Wisdom of Crowds, Revisited

    The Wisdom of Crowds, Revisited

    When The Crowd Goes From Wise to Wrong

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The galaxy cluster "El Gordo" has a funny name, but it certainly fits its description. From NASA:  It is bigger than a bread box. In fact, it is much bigger than all bread boxes put together. Galaxy cluster ACT-CL J0102-4915 is one of the largest and most massive objects known. Dubbed "El ...