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Obama "New Hampshire at War" Video

BY Spencer Overton | Wednesday, October 3 2007

Increasingly, new tools are empowering local "amateur" campaign staffers to produce quality content centered around local people. Read More

YearlyKos and Voting Rights

BY Spencer Overton | Friday, August 3 2007

I'm happy that the YearlyKos folks have made a place at the table for voting rights. Donna Brazile, the NAACP LDF's Debo Adegbile, the Brennan Center's Justin Levitt, TalkLeft's Jeralyn Merritt, and I will be on the ... Read More

YouTube VIII: Race

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

A significant number of questioners were people of color and/or addressed issues of race and class, and I was pleasantly surprised. Perhaps because of the digital divide, one might have assumed that this debate would ... Read More

YouTube VII: Powerful Health Care Questions

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

The health care videos were an outstanding and meaningful use of the YouTube debate medium. The health care videos showed that this medium is not just a gimmick--but can add nuance and substance to dry policy debates. ... Read More

YouTube VI: Talking to the questioner

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

When Hillary Clinton and other candidates look at the screen and say "Thank You XXXX, for the question," I'm split. On one hand, these are not live feeds, and it seems a bit artificial to talk back to the screen. Would ... Read More

YouTube V: May Allow for "Cleaner" Citizen Participation

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

The gentleman with military flags from funerals of relatives used the medium in a powerful way. On another note, a YouTube debate may be "cleaner" than a townhall debate with audience questions. Citizens who submit ... Read More

YouTube IV: Network Control, Candidate Unease

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

Two quick observations: 1) More control by networks: Open Source politics is about more control for average people, and less control for traditional "gatekeepers." I wonder, however, if this format actually gives ... Read More

YouTube III: Taking Advantage of the Medium

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

A question about Africa featuring African children is perhaps the first question that takes advantage of the medium--when you have to face an image of a person whose life is directly shaped by the policy. On another ... Read More

Live Blogging II: Failed In-Person Follow Up

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

The pastor shows up! The pastor featured in one of the questions was actually in the audience, and was asked whether John Edwards answered his question. Unfortunately, the pastor didn't do the best follow up (he said he ... Read More

YouTube Debate: Live Blogging Entry 1

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

I'm not in SC--but in front of my TV. I'm surprised that CNN/YouTube chose videos that seem rather typical--they don't seem to take full advantage of the medium (e.g., people asking questions about Katrina from NOLA). ... 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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