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Daily Digest | Lock, Stock, and Broadband

BY Editors | Thursday, May 14 2009

  • Crowdsourced Flier Monitoring, Stock Photos, and the U.K. Elections An interesting project out of the U.K., and a noteworthy result. The Straight Choice bills itself as a "Live Election Leaflet Monitoring Project," and serves as a hub for fliers being distributed around elections there. Mailers are uploaded to the site for public vetting. See what's been uncovered.
  • Broadband's Way Ahead: DC's Tech Crowd Gathers to Plot Hands-On Approach Sure, it might look like a standard-issue DC tech policy event. But it's also something of a ritual cleansing. Today, the Free Press Summit is taking place in Washington to focus conversations around the future of the Internet and the prospects for a vibrant and diverse media landscape. But the event is also a chance to celebrate the declining health of the neoliberal, free-market approach to broadband that has reigned supreme in DC.
  • Job Description Woes: Oregon County No Longer Asking "Do You Tweet?" Multnomah County, Oregon, won't be getting its very own Twittering, Facebooking, and blogging social media coordinator after all. After getting heat for advertising the job at a government salary of $60,000 to $70,000 a year, the chair of the county yanked the listing. He has been making the case to his colleagues that the brave new Internet world is best navigated by government that connects with its people wherever their eyeballs happen to already be -- but the social media gig fell victim to public outcry.
  • Priceless The RNC is out with a new web ad that borrows the theme from those famous Mastercard "priceless" spots. The ad somewhat strangely lumps in $700 billion-plus in stimulus spending with Bo the dog, some court-side tickets to a Washington Wizards basketball game, and that Manhattan flyover of Air Force One that Obama knew nothing about. Watch it here.
  • The President's First Email Blast The White House seems to have gotten its bulk e-mail program up and running. On Wednesday, Organizing for America emailed out a health care call to action. Yesterday, the White House for the very first time hit the mailing list it has compiled through Unlike OFA's email, there are no action items in Obama's note, beyond getting others to register for future updates. Instead, the email blast distributes Obama's summation and shaping of the last few action-packed days in the health care debate.