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[BackChannel] The Frictionless Grassroots, Part 2

BY Chuck DeFeo | Friday, November 18 2011

techPresident's Backchannel series is an ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics. Chuck DeFeo has worked on three presidential campaigns including ... Read More

[BackChannel] The Frictionless Grassroots, Part 1

BY Chuck DeFeo | Thursday, November 3 2011

techPresident's Backchannel series is an ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics. Chuck DeFeo has worked on three presidential campaigns including ... Read More

Facebook Connect(ed) to MoveOn?

BY Chuck DeFeo | Friday, January 23 2009

Like an estimated 7.7 million people, I watched Barack Obama’s inauguration online. I chose to watch it on CNN.com and enjoyed the live feed of Facebook status updates coming through alongside the video. What ... Read More

People Watching the Inauguration on the Web

BY Chuck DeFeo | Wednesday, January 21 2009

Initial user numbers show that more people were online on Election Day and night but bandwidth usage yesterday may have broken some records. Was yesterday the breakthrough moment for live online video usage? More here. Read More

Microsoft Launches New Xbox on MTV

BY Chuck DeFeo | Thursday, May 12 2005

Microsoft is unveiled its new Xbox gaming console during a half hour infomercial on MTV at 9:30 EST tonight. The program was long on cool graphics capabilities and new features but the interesting news is where Gates is ... 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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