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Twitter and the White House

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 4 2011

The relationship between Twitter and the people who run this country gets the New York Magazine treatment in an article published Sunday, written by Joe Hagan: "All right, I’m ready to Tweet!” It’s the president of ... Read More

2012 Email is Your Best Friend? Sad Boyfriend? Lost Aunt?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 28 2011

If you're on Barack Obama's email list, you've probably noticed how many of his subject lines seem highly familiar. "Put this on your car," "Frustrated," "This is actually pretty cool," and "How this dinner thing works," ... Read More

YouTube and Election 2012: How Are the Candidates Doing?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 28 2011

Longtime readers of techPresident know we love looking at YouTube political videos because the site offers so much interesting data about what people are watching, how videos are being shared, and so on. And while we ... Read More

White House Report Touts Accomplishments Ahead of Obama Open Government Speech

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 16 2011

On the eve of an expected Tuesday speech from President Barack Obama to the U.N. General Assembly, the White House has released its take on the administration's efforts to make the federal government more open, ... Read More

From Gotham to Helvetica: Obama 2012 Launches 'Attack Watch' Site

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 14 2011

In 2008, Barack Obama's election campaign launched Fight the Smears, meant to be a sort of online inoculation against being Swift Boated. There, the campaign could post counterspin on the anti-Obama talking point of the ... Read More

Four Points for Technology in Politics From Obama's Jobs Plan

BY Nick Judd | Monday, September 12 2011

President Barack Obama was expected Monday to deliver legislation to Congress aimed at getting more Americans back to work. Photo: Natalie Maynor / Flickr Here are four nuggets from the White House's jobs plan, initially ... Read More

Barack Obama Gains 37,000+ Followers Since Friday's #Compromise Dip; Big Whoop

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 1 2011

It was big "news" on Friday in social media circles: "Obama Loses 36,000+ Followers in #Compromise Campaign," Mashable headlined it. Read More

After Leaders' Calls for Public Support, House, Senate Flooded With Electronic Interest

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 26 2011

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were both warning the American public of catastrophe last night if the White House and the Republican leadership in Congress couldn't get together to reach a debt ... Read More

Obama Talks Religion, Compromise and Urban Development at Latest Twitter Crossover Event

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 22 2011

President Barack Obama speaking at the University of Maryland on Friday. Photo: Alex Howard / Instagram President Barack Obama spoke at the University of Maryland Friday in an event billed as a combination town ... Read More

Grassroots vs Grassrootsy: How to Parse Technology's Role in Politics

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, July 18 2011

For a whole bunch of reasons, we should be on guard against claims that money given online, as well as tallies of small donations versus large donors, or other newer metrics of public participation like Twitter retweets ... 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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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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