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The Most Powerful List in American Politics

BY Luigi Montanez | Sunday, November 9 2008

Much has been written about what’s next for the national movement that sprung up around the Obama campaign. The fruit of the Obama campaign’s organizational prowess is a multi-million member supporter list, ... Read More

Change.gov Pulls Its Agenda

BY Michael Whitney | Sunday, November 9 2008

As Nancy noted on Thursday, President-elect Obama's transition website, Change.gov, "echoes [the] campaign pledge of open government." The site's "Agenda" section detailed the Obama Administration's policy promises and ... Read More

What Next for My.BarackObama.com?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, November 8 2008

Lots of people are wondering what will happen to the Obama campaigns huge network of online supporters and on-the-ground organizers. For example, Gara Lamarche, the president of the Atlantic Philanthropies is Read More

The Ball on the Mall

BY Michael Turk | Friday, November 7 2008

Liza Sabater and I were trading lighthearted tweets about this the other day, but the more I think about it, the more I really think I'd like to see it. One aspect of the transition of Presidential power that has always ... Read More

"Whoa! It's Not Over Yet!": Getting Ready for "The Organizing of the President" Chicago, 7pm Tonight at DePaul Univ.

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 6 2008

I'm still mulling what I'm going to say tonight at "The Organizing of the President," but here are two hints. First, let me recycle this long Obama quote from the post I did earlier this year on "Obama's Organization, ... Read More

Chicago Event: What's Next for the Obama Movement? The Organizing of the President (11.6.08)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 5 2008

I'm going to be speaking on a panel tomorrow organized by Al Giordano and the FieldHands, along with Nate Silver and Sean Quinn of 538 and Tara Brownlee, the head of Obama's Illinois Field Department. The topic, which Al ... Read More

Obama Should Build on Diversity

BY Editors | Wednesday, November 5 2008

[This post is reposted with permission from Valdis Krebs' blog Network Weaving.] Congratulations Mr. Community Organizer! You beat them with the strategy they mocked. Recently, I read an amazing book about Abe Lincoln -- ... Read More

What Happens to the Obama Network After the Election? (2)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 3 2008

What happens to Obama's network after the election? The answer depends a lot on decisions Obama and his top aides will make, but thanks to the lateral networking tools available to everyone online, the answer to that ... Read More

Obama Bandwagon Effect on Facebook

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 3 2008

I think this picture says it pretty clearly. In the last two weeks, Barack Obama has gained nearly 400,000 new friends on Facebook, a 20% increase in that short period of time. Wow. I guess the surge is working. Read More

What Happens to the Obama Network After the Election? (1)

BY Editors | Monday, November 3 2008

[What happens to the Obama "network" after the election? Lots of people are turning their attention to this question, and here at techPresident and our sister site, PersonalDemocracy.com, we're going to be exploring it ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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