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Marshall Ganz on the Future of the Obama Movement

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 20 2008

Monday I was up at Harvard to give a talk to Nicco Mele's class at the Institute of Politics on "The Making of the President 2.0: How the Internet is Changing the Political Game." (The powerpoint is here.) While I was ... Read More

Could a "Craigslist for Service" Actually Work?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, November 19 2008

When my aunt and uncle-in-law emailed me on November 6th, asking for some advice on what they can do to help Barack Obama "address the great challenges that he and our country face moving forward," I was ... Read More

Eric Schmidt on Technology, National Infrastructure and Public Policy

BY Sarah Granger | Tuesday, November 18 2008

The following are notes from Eric Schmidt's talk at the New America Foundation today in Washington, D.C., as taken via webcast. Schmidt is largely known as the Chairman and CEO of Google, but he is also the Chairman of ... Read More

Transparency and CGI

BY Editors | Monday, November 17 2008

Watching the news media and a few hard cases in the blogosphere wring their hands over the vetting of former President Bill Clinton's philanthropy in the wake of President-Elect Obama's offer of the State Department to ... Read More

My.BarackObama.gov

BY Patrick Ruffini | Monday, November 17 2008

As Republicans debate how to rebuild the party with new technology and stronger grassroots, watch for the media to fawn all over Obama's use of the Internet as President as he brings (some) of the tactics of his winning ... Read More

Pride and Participation: Election Day Exhibitionism Thrives

BY Sarah Granger | Thursday, November 13 2008

This election had many firsts, but before we move on entirely to the new administration, the special meaning evoked November 4 by rejuvenating American democracy should not be undervalued or forgotten. Not only did ... Read More

Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, Embarrassed Online? [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 13 2008

Uh-oh. The day has finally arrived, when future White House employees must ask themselves, "Is that Facebook wall post still up where I ______?" "Did X tag me in that photo on Flickr, or will people not recognize me?" ... Read More

Obama Transition Names New Media Staff

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 12 2008

TalkingPointsMemo has the scoop on the Obama transition's internet outreach team. Greg Sargent writes: A transition source tells us that that Macon Phillips, a key Obama campaign Web official, has been tapped to head new ... Read More

Change.gov vs. Change.org

BY Editors | Wednesday, November 12 2008

If President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team are looking for a model that uses the power of social networks and citizen democracy to open up government, they ought to bring their own homepage - Change.gov - ... Read More

Fireside Chats in the Digital Age

BY Editors | Monday, November 10 2008

There isn't anything like a good campaign to get your heart pumping. Whether you are knocking on doors, making phone calls, dropping literature, or hosting a fundraiser, you can contribute in a big-picture way, ... Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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