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Obama's "Big Things" Email is an "Unforced Error"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 28 2011

As Nancy Scola noted here yesterday, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina may be an unlikely video star, whose David Plouffe-like "strategy update" to the campaign's base has been getting almost as many views as one from ... Read More

Palin on Facebook: But Do You Like Her, Like Her?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 16 2010

Ari Melber continues his welcomed deeper look at Sarah Palin's Facebook achievements. He notes in this piece that for some of Palin's followers on Facebook, it's a relationship "more complicated than ... Read More

Understanding the OFA Report

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 15 2010

It's been a whirlwind couple of days for Ari Melber since we released his report on Organizing for America's first year of action. As folks start to really get into the meat of Melber's research, here's a list of places ... Read More

Using Distributed Media (and People) To Ask Hard Questions

BY Dan Gillmor | Friday, May 8 2009

Ari Melber, at Personal Democracy Forum, explains “Condi Rice’s Tortured Macaca Moment,” in which Stanford University students questioned her Read More

The power of serendipitous findability

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, March 22 2009

[Last Wednesday, I pinch-hit for Clay Shirky (who was homebound with bronchitis) at the inaugural gathering of "The Little Idea," the spawn of Ari and Jonathan Melber, who dreamed up the notion of getting a bunch of ... Read More

"Ask the President" Launches; Let the Public Pick Questions for Obama

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 19 2009

On the first full day of his presidency, Barack Obama issued an executive memo calling on the government to become more transparent, participatory and collaborative. He wrote: Read More

The FISA Protest and myBO: Can We Talk? Can They Listen?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, July 3 2008

The online mini-rising to protest Barack Obama's support for the Congressional compromise to renew the FISA legislation has been getting a lot of attention, with much being made (by us and plenty of others, including Ari ... Read More

Defending Clinton’s Virtual Town Hall

BY Ari Melber | Friday, February 8 2008

Hillary Clinton is under fire for planted questions again, but this time her critics are wrong. It's a web politics battle: Disintermediation v. Interactivity... Read More

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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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