The “It Gets Better” series is an example of the power of people-driven viral marketing. The community sees a problem. The community harnesses the powerful tools of new media to try and solve that problem. Read More


This just in from the Office of Attorney General Kamala Harris. As regular Reset readers know, Phil Ting and our community have been deeply engaged in the foreclosure issue and the struggle for equitable redress for both homeowners and communities. Congratulations and thank you to the Attorney General for standing firm for a better settlement. We'll keep you updated on this story. Read More
 


The skyrocketing cost of tuition of the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems are crippling thousands of working families and struggling students across the state.

That is why I’m asking you to join me in supporting Speaker John Pérez’s “Middle Class Scholarship” legislation by signing the petition below. Speaker Pérez’s proposal would aid those middle class families who make too much money to qualify for other state financial aid, but who make less than $150,000. The proposal could amount to a savings of $4,000 a year for CSU students and as much as $8,100 a year for UC students. Read More


Check out this cool infographic about the digital divide.

According to a recent McKinsey study, the Internet is responsible for 21% of economic growth in the more advanced countries in the world. While the Internet continues to empower communities around the globe, over a hundred million American households still do not have access – and this “digital divide” is further deepening social rifts. Read More


The Federal Communications Commission has recently announced long overdue reforms to a two-decade old program known as “Lifeline.”By: Phil Ting

The Federal Communications Commission has recently announced long overdue reforms to a two-decade old program known as “Lifeline.”

“Lifeline” is part of the Universal Service Fund and helps to provide phone service for low-income and rural customers who depend on the program for basic communication.
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Now there is data showing that Twitter feeds forecasted a cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010 faster than traditional sources.When news is being made, Twitter is usually the first to know. But now Twitter is doing more than helping us know what has happened — it is being used to predict what will happen.

Twitter has already been used to successfully predict movie grosses and even future stock trends. For a while, scientists and researchers have espoused the idea that Twitter could be used to predict more pressing matters like crimes and communicable diseases. Read More


By: Evan Bertolli

The EPA has released the first results of its new Greenhouse-Gas (GHG) Reporting Program, along with an interactive web portal.

As you probably know, we geek out about data here at Reset, especially when that data is a step in the right direction for more government transparency. So you might imagine that when we heard that the EPA has released the first results of its new Greenhouse-Gas (GHG) Reporting Program, along with an interactive web portal, we clicked right over. Read More


By: Luke Fretwell

There’s been a great deal of discussion lately around the topic of government innovation, especially here in San Francisco.There’s been a great deal of discussion lately around the topic of government innovation, especially here in San Francisco, with the appointment of a new chief innovation officer, a new “civic accelerator,” a new venture with a consortium of Bay Area technology companies and a new technology and innovation task force led by SF Mayor Ed Lee. Read More


Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board’s new live-streaming webcast is attracting tens of thousands of viewers – 29,308 last Thursday.Scott Walker has been in hot water ever since he was elected Governor of Wisconsin in 2010. After he proposed removing nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights, unions mobilized the community in protest — and now, a growing effort to recall Gov. Walker and 5 other Republicans is underway.

The count of signatures submitted is over 1 million. Read More


Most major cities face issues dealing with how to guarantee that cars and bikes can co-exist on the streets. According to the SFMTA, there are 8,713 weekday bicyclists in San Francisco, with an estimated 6% of all trips made in San Francisco by bike. Without question, biking is a big part of transportation in San Francisco. But San Francisco is not alone in trying to ensure bikes and cars can both safely share the road. Most major cities face issues dealing with how to guarantee that cars and bikes can co-exist on the streets. Read More


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