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'Internet Freedom' Is a Republican Platform Plank; Democrats To Have a Policy, Too

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, August 28 2012

The concept of "Internet freedom" is expected to become part of the Republican party platform for the first time on Tuesday when the party's platform committee votes to ratify language that it had drafted earlier last week. The move addresses the recent demands of dozens of Internet activists and groups for both parties to adopt language addressing the issue, and illustrates the enduring impact of the movement created by the broad protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act in January. Read More

User-Generated Online Video Swamping Official Obama, Romney Content on YouTube

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 27 2012

From the beginning of the 2011-2012 U.S. Presidential election campaign in April 2011, there have nearly 2 billion views of videos tagged about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney on YouTube, Ramya Raghavan of YouTube Politics blogged today. The political campaigns are swimming in a sea of user-generated content, even moreso than in 2008. Read More

Is Barack Obama Getting His Online Mojo Back? This Video May Be the Key

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 23 2012

Is Barack Obama getting his online mojo back? Maybe. On Saturday, August 18th, his campaign uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel titled, "We've Come Too Far to Turn Back Now," and began promoting it with a series of emails whose subject lines were far different from the plaintive appeals for donations that have become all too familiar to anyone on his giant list. This new one is different, and not just because it's not a TV ad attacking his Republican opponents. "We've Come Too Far" is a direct play at reviving the "movement" tone of 2008. Read More

Quantifying this Year's "Lame" Presidential Campaign

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 16 2012

Illustration: David Colarusso

According to data from The 4th Estate Project, produced by former Neiman Fellow Bryan Rich and software developer Michael Howe, seventeen percent of statements attributed to the Obama campaign or the White House in a campaign story come without a person's name attached. Likewise, nobody is named as responsible for twenty-one percent of Romney campaign statements. These exclude statements from the candidates themselves. These figures are released exclusively to techPresident as disappointment mounts among political observers at the focus in this presidential campaign on personal attacks and relatively narrow issues. Read More

How the President Tweets

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 6 2012

The White House uploaded video over the weekend of President Barack Obama answering questions on Twitter after delivering remarks May 24 in Newton, Iowa. The president, who appears to be a touch-typist, is enthusiastic after posting a tweet that took up all 140 available characters and not a letter more. "I'm the master Twitter!" he exclaims, as one of the staffers in the room calls the tweet a "twoosh." Read More

POTUS On Twitter? Spox Says, "We Let Him Just Run Free"

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Wednesday, August 1 2012

President Barack Obama at a Twitter event at the White House in 2011. Photo: Becky Kazansky / techPresident

"You'd be surprised to learn that we trust the President's judgment and his communications skills," Obama campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said today. "And what he would like to tweet on Twitter, we let him just run free with that." Read More

Obama Campaign Debuts Mobile Canvassing App

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 31 2012

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released an upgraded version of a canvassing iPhone app Tuesday that includes detailed voter data and the history of a household being canvassed. Read More

It's the Romney Veepstakes, Pushed Straight to Your Phone

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 31 2012

Mitt Romney's Digital Director Zac Moffatt says that push notifications through smartphone apps are a better way of notifying huge numbers of people about timely events than text messages. Read More

Poetry of the Email Subject Line: Urgent

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, July 12 2012

Hey This is important Also Help Excuse me I want to buy you a cup of coffee Drop what you're doing Urgent A big problem right now Scary We could lose if this continues I will be outspent --B.H. Obama Answer this call ... Read More

Social Fundraising Platform Rally To Launch One-Click Donations

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 10 2012

One-click donations are coming to the world of politics, causes and campaigns. Read More

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The Gates Foundation's new "global citizens" email database, and why it's a terrible idea; why young people like the NSA more than older people; using open data about NYC taxi drivers to ID Muslims; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Monkeying

Net neutrality proponents call foul on the GOP's plans; seeks to be the right's; tons of civic tech news from mySociety, Chicago and Civic Hall in NYC; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Punch List

Obama's State of the Union and the Internet; how shares personal data with third-parties; Facebook says it will give users tools to tag false or hoax content in their News Feeds; and much, much more. GO

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More on the shifting net neutrality debate; how Ready for Hillary plans to share its digital assets; the family roots of Civic Hall; and much, much more. GO

monday >

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How Republicans are starting to embrace net neutrality; more predictions of the blockchain's impact on society; new "innovative communities" legislation in Massachusetts seeks to boost civic tech there; and much, much more. GO