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Can the city lead Philadelphia’s innovation future? [feature] business

Apr. 2, 2014 12:30 pm

Can the city lead Philadelphia’s innovation future? [feature]

In the 1990s, Philadelphia tech business was all happening in the suburbs. Today, the city has taken the lead in energy, and it's a trend seen across nation. But can Philadelphia's momentum last?
Should Pennsylvania lure video game developers with tax credits? [feature] civic

Mar. 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Should Pennsylvania lure video game developers with tax credits? [feature]

For the last five years, a group of fledgling video game developers have tried to lure big game studios to Philadelphia. Many have moved to build their own small teams, but new proposed state tax benefits have revived the conversation. Is this what Philadelphia gamers need?
State of MOOCs: how free online college learning challenges higher education access

Dec. 23, 2013 12:30 pm

State of MOOCs: how free online college learning challenges higher education

The question is whether this inevitable and exciting step toward wider access will disrupt higher education in unforeseen ways.
‘It’s not illegal for me to grab you’: video of Philly cops’ stop and frisk civic

Oct. 14, 2013 10:30 am

‘It’s not illegal for me to grab you’: video of Philly cops’ stop and frisk

Philadelphia's stop-and-frisk policy was the subject of a 2010 class action lawsuit that accused the city of racial profiling. As part of the settlement, the city agreed to create an electronic database where it would store data about every pedestrian stop the police made.
2/3 of DreamIt Ventures Philly startups are no longer in the city business

Sep. 30, 2013 12:30 pm

2/3 of DreamIt Ventures Philly startups are no longer in the city

DreamIt Ventures has spent the last five years developing one of the country's best-respected early-stage high tech startup acceleration programs. It set out with a goal of helping startups get off the ground. Now it's set its sights on another problem: how to keep its startups in the region.
What happens to OpenDataPhilly now? civic

Sep. 18, 2013 10:30 am

What happens to OpenDataPhilly now?

Since launching as the country's first community-driven local public data catalog during Philly Tech Week 2011, OpenDataPhilly has served as a bedrock for the city's civic hacking movement. Just two years later, its future is uncertain again.
FBI raids Sheriff’s Office for records; could IT upgrades have the answer? civic

Aug. 19, 2013 8:30 am

FBI raids Sheriff’s Office for records; could IT upgrades have the answer?

Sheriff Jewell Williams campaigned on a promise of "transparency and open records." So will the Sheriff's Office share the data that its new system will be able to collect?
College dropouts who are running Philadelphia technology business

Jul. 1, 2013 12:30 pm

College dropouts who are running Philadelphia technology

Though there are surely more of those whose failure to get the degree kept doors from opening, it's clear that there are industries and moments in time when the right skills and independence change what a college degree means. These success stories, along with the rising cost of college tuition and high unemployment and a thirst for technical talent nationwide, raise the question: is college worth it for the enterprising technology set?
Student entrepreneurship: economy, costs and culture drive young startups business

May. 14, 2013 12:00 pm

Student entrepreneurship: economy, costs and culture drive young startups

In response to a lackluster economy, more students are turning toward entrepreneurial endeavors, creating their own businesses and, in turn, careers they can continue after graduation.
Prometheus Radio Project’s 10-year ‘pirate radio’ battle to open airwaves access

May. 14, 2013 9:30 am

Prometheus Radio Project’s 10-year ‘pirate radio’ battle to open airwaves

This October, community groups and nonprofits across the country will have a onetime opportunity to apply for a radio license to run their own radio station. More than a decade in the making, this national moment can be traced back to the work of a seven-person nonprofit right in Center City: The Prometheus Radio Project.