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[liberationtech] [cfabrigade] Semi-Finalists - Knight News Challenge on strengthening the Internet for free expression and innovation

Jon jon at
Mon Apr 21 10:09:32 PDT 2014

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Related, Ashoka Changemakers ran a related competition a few years ago
and did a lot of data exploration using the entries: . It looks
like the mapping script is broken, but the live filtering still works.


On Saturday, April 19, 2014 01:38 PM, Michael Powers wrote:
> This handy google doc popped up on Twitter from @hypothes_is:
>  On Apr 18, 2014, at 5:49 PM, William Mullins
> <wpmullins1es at> wrote:
>> Since the original deadline came and the 667 entries were
>> registered it has seemed to me that the real value of immediate
>> interest is what kinds of cross-cutting insights we can gain -
>> from that entire population - as regards the State of Civic
>> Ideation.
>> Does anyone have a mechanism for digesting all the content from
>> the proposals on the 51 item short list (perhaps a representative
>> subset, and which will be getting further refinement in the next
>> week) into a spread sheet or other analyzable set?
>> I can think of many queries that might provide useful insights
>> regarding recurring themes, and many other interesting features.
>> Any suggestions on how we might collaborate to explore this
>> "terra incognito."
>> Bill Mullins Principal, Better Choices Consulting
>> -----Original Message----- From: Steven Clift
>> [mailto:clift at] Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 4:15
>> PM To: twin-cities-brigade; E-Democracy. Org Projects Group;
>> newswire; brigade; liberationtech; okfn-discuss at 
>> Subject: [cfabrigade] Semi-Finalists - Knight News Challenge on
>> strengthening the Internet for free expression and innovation
>> Knight announced their 53 semi-finalists today:
>> They had a whopping 667 entries. Now if we could get the list of
>> applicants and invite them to join online groups like
>> Liberationtech and CfA Brigade as consolation prize, the idea
>> sharing and connecting beyond the contest could continue for 614
>> of us. :-)
>> For those online groups and others see: 
>> Steven Clift - Executive Director -
>> Twitter: 
>> Tel/Text: +1.612.234.7072
>> On Sat, Mar 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM, Steven Clift
>> <clift at> wrote:
>>> What ideas do you have?
>>> Check out:
>>> 129 in so far:
>>> The brief:
>>> How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and
>>> innovation?
>>> This is an open call for ideas. We want to discover projects
>>> that make the Internet better. We believe that access to
>>> information is key to vibrant and successful communities, and
>>> we want the Internet to remain an open, equitable platform for
>>> free expression, commerce and learning. We want an Internet
>>> that fuels innovation through the creation and sharing of
>>> ideas.
>>> We don't have specific projects in mind that we're hoping to
>>> see in response to our question. Instead, we want this
>>> challenge to attract a range of approaches. In addition to
>>> technologies, we're open to ideas focused on journalism,
>>> policy, research, education-- any innovative project that
>>> results in a stronger Internet.
>>> So we want to know what you think-- what captures your
>>> imagination when you think about the Internet as a place for
>>> free expression and innovation? In June we will award $2.75
>>> million, including $250,000 from the Ford Foundation, to
>>> support the most compelling ideas.
>>> Steven Clift - Executive Director -
>>> Twitter: 
>>> Tel/Text: +1.612.234.7072
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