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Squelching the Local Blawg Hype

BY Kate Kaye | Tuesday, July 5 2005

It comes as no surprise that blog-boosters like our very own contributing editor Michael Bassik rally around anything supporting the significance of blogs in political campaigns, local and otherwise -- but some ... Read More

Did She Say Giving Sex to Children? PDF Conference Video Is Up!

BY Kate Kaye | Tuesday, June 21 2005

Yep -- now you can see Arianna make her infamous quip, check out Dan Gilmor as he requests that Buzzmetrics' Jonathan Carson "open the kimono" and more. Take a look at our first batch of video clips from this year's PDF ... Read More

The Back Chat is Back!

BY Kate Kaye | Thursday, June 16 2005

You heard about the PDF Conference Back Chat -- heck, you may have even been among the attendees whose highly intellectual (and...uh...not so intellectual) thoughts were projected onto the enormous Back Chat screen at ... Read More

Do Republicans Do Tech Better Than Dems?

BY Kate Kaye | Monday, June 13 2005

Conservative campaign strategy consultant and blog pundit Matt Lewis thinks so. In response to a recent column from Susan Estrich on RealClearPolitics, Lewis opines that the GOP knows how to apply technology more ... Read More

Schundler Image Big Foul for Big Fish

BY Kate Kaye | Monday, June 6 2005

By now many of you fanatical Web gossip hounds have come across the story of a photo faux-pas involving NJ Republican Bret Schundler. It turns out a photo on the merch section of his primary campaign site had featured a ... Read More

Weiner's NYC Mayoral Campaign Site Insecure?

BY Kate Kaye | Sunday, May 22 2005

It appears that Anthony Weiner's official NYC Mayoral campaign site is (gulp) insecure -- and I don't mean it has low self-esteem. I've checked the site's donation page, which requests credit card and personal info, in ... Read More

PDF Founder Wants Voters to Contribute Ideas to NYC Public Advocate Platform

BY Kate Kaye | Sunday, May 22 2005

Putting his open source philosophy to the test, NYC Public Advocate candidate Andrew Rasiej plans on posting and exploring questions about issues on his site. A 5/19 email announcement from the campaign also claims to ... Read More

Research Shows E-Voting Favored Bush, but Disputes Irregularity Argument

BY Kate Kaye | Friday, May 13 2005

A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that Bush did better among voters using touch-screen voting machines, and disputes suggestions that the prez got more votes because of touch-screen machine ... Read More

Speakers Battle Over Broadcast vs. Web for Political Campaigns

BY Kate Kaye | Thursday, May 12 2005

Dave Pollak, Founder of Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, and a speaker at this coming Monday's PDF Conference argues that TV's still on top, but other speakers beg to differ. In anticipation of the second ... Read More

Darr Says Online Activists Will Make Partisanship Worse

BY Kate Kaye | Tuesday, May 3 2005

A speaker at this year's PDF Conference, Carol Darr, Director, Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, opines, "the Internet will exacerbate the partisanship that already exists in national politics today," ... 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

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