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BarackObama.com 101

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 29 2011

The Obama campaign posts a video guide to using the campaign website to "take action right now." Read More

Can Obama 2012 Bring the New Media Band Back Together Again?

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 4 2011

The kick-off of Barack Obama's 2012 re-election bid Monday morning came with a relaunch of BarackObama.com and a thoroughly Web-based announcement push that featured a campaign YouTube video, a text message, a Facebook ... Read More

The Laws of USA-bility, According to Scott Thomas (Former Design Director, Obama for America)

BY Rachel Abrams | Tuesday, September 22 2009

To a web designer, IA stands for Information Architect. To a busload of Obama campaigners bound for swing states, IA meant Iowa. Thankfully, Scott Thomas, the former Design Director for the Obama election web site, was ... Read More

The Manager Behind the Curtain: Profiling Joe Rospars

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 15 2009

Joe Rospars might seem like a household name in the households occupied by those of us who hang around these parts. But Google the name of the Obama campaign's new media director -- as Rospars himself claims never to do, ... Read More

The Big Number: Half a Billion

BY Editors | Thursday, November 20 2008

The Washington Post is out tonight with the really big numbers on the Obama campaign's success online. Here's the, er, money graf: In an exclusive interview with The Post, members of the vaunted Triple O, Obama's online ... Read More

The White House Email List

BY Editors | Tuesday, November 11 2008

In January, not only will we have the first African American President, but we have the first "Tech President" as has been said many times before on this blog. With that, there are a lot of questions being discussed at ... Read More

BarackObama.com in Denver: "Phrase Not Found"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 28 2008

Here are two words that have yet to be uttered from the stage of the Democratic National Convention: BarackObama.com or Democrats.org. I've slogged through the posted transcripts of the first three days speeches in ... Read More

Finding Value in Candidate Social Networks

BY Fred Stutzman | Tuesday, July 10 2007

Recently, Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential campaign announced the creation of a "social network aggregation" site - one that ostensibly would allow a visitor to browse Dodd's presence on all social networks at once. Using ... Read More

Report: Obama's Unique Visitors Up 27 Percent, Clinton Down 34

BY Fred Stutzman | Thursday, April 5 2007

Today, Comscore released a new report comparing the websites of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. As intuition may lead you, Senator Obama fares very well in this study. Here are some of the key statistics that jumped ... Read More

Barack Runs with the "Top Down"

BY Michael Turk | Monday, February 12 2007

Detailing what he thought was a bug at BarackObama.com, Michael Arrington found it odd that the site listed the "Gay Nigger Association of America for Barack Obama" as a supporter. Some quick digging turned up an error ... 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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