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OFA: Use Openness to Mobilize

BY Zephyr Teachout | Friday, February 27 2009

Often there's a tension between the politically smart thing to do and the civically productive thing to do, and its up to citizens to demand that politicians choose the latter over the former.

Right now, for at least a brief period, the two are aligned, in terms of what Organizing for America should do.

Instead of sending out cheery and pretty dull emails with booster videos supporting Obama's administration (check your inbox today), OFA should send people a link to the budget and ask them to dig in, much as Ellen Miller at Sunlight is doing.

I promise you, if they tested this email campaign, they would find a far higher rate of people organizing meetings to discuss it, and engage in it, than they will with the video approach.

News Briefs

RSS Feed friday >

First POST: Moneyballed

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; StandUnited.com seeks to be the right's Change.org; 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 HealthCare.gov 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

tuesday >

First POST: Goggles

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 >

First POST: Urgency

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

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