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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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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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