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California Attorney General Kamala Harris Talks Mobile Innovation, Privacy, and the Law

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, April 10 2013

California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday urged mobile software developers to explain to users how their products work as clearly as possible so that there are no nasty surprises -- both on the part of the end users, and the developers who may hear from her office for privacy violations. "Let’s not stop the innovation. I don’t want to shut it down," she told a roomful of developers and businesspeople at the startup co-working office space Runway Workspace in the South of Market area of San Francisco. "But what we do have to do is to give the user information, and let the user, not anyone else, make the choice about the tradeoff." Read More

More Obama Campaign Veterans Climb Aboard Ro Khanna Train

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, April 9 2013

Ro Khanna, the youthful Democratic challenger to California House incumbent Mike Honda for the state's 17th district, unveiled a new executive committee Tuesday. Read More

Upcoming Weeks Will Test Organizing for Action's Influence

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, April 8 2013

Sharing stories: OFA has built pages with thousands of individuals' stories sortable by state, and media type

The upcoming weeks will be a proving ground of sorts for the second iteration of President Obama's issue advocacy group Organizing for Action, as Congress reconvenes to debate hot button issues such as immigration reform, the federal budget, and gun control. Read More

Now The Democratic National Committee Is Looking For A CTO Too

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, April 8 2013

The Democratic National Committee's Chief Technology Officer Bryan Whitaker is joining the Democrats' de-facto voter file management software vendor NGP VAN as its chief operating officer, the company announced Monday. Read More

What Does 'Innovation' Mean In Local Government? A New America Foundation Report Tries To Figure That Out

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, April 5 2013

High profile politicians such as Gavin Newsom might talk a lot about public-private partnerships, e-government and civic engagement projects, but the most important innovations in the minds of government workers are ... Read More

Scott Zumwalt Joins Bully Pulpit Interactive

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, April 3 2013

Scott Zumwalt at a press conference for the It Gets Better Project. Photo: Flickr/Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del)

Scott Zumwalt, most recently the chief digital strategist for the "It Gets Better Project", has joined Bully Pulpit Interactive as a senior director. Read More

Who Is Ro Khanna?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, April 3 2013

Some of President Obama's key 2012 re-election campaign staff and a top Silicon Valley fundraiser have jumped into a 2014 cycle Congressional race to oust longtime Silicon Valley Democrat Mike Honda, and to replace him with the former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Ro Khanna -- even though Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have already endorsed the incumbent. Read More

ElectNext Scores $1.3 million To Bring Contextual Political Information To News Sites

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, April 2 2013

ElectNext, a political data startup, has just raised $1.3 million. Brooklyn Bridge Ventures in New York City led the round, which also includes Comcast Ventures, The John S. and James L. Read More

You Spend How Much on Gas?!? New Congressional App Aims To Fuel Policy Conversations On Energy

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, April 2 2013

Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee have taken the adage "a picture is worth a thousand words," and applied that to the process of discussing energy policy in the United States. Rep. Ed Markey of ... Read More

'Reinventors' Seeks To Spark Off New Ideas, Through Group Video Discussions

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, April 1 2013

Peter Leyden, a speaker and entrepreneur in San Francisco, and former managing editor for the original Wired magazine, has founded Reinventors, an "anti-think-tank" that relies on online video conferencing technology to record roundtable discussions about big policy issues among innovators in the areas of public policy and technology. Leyden is also an alumni of the Global Business Network, a highly-regarded think tank that helps governments and corporations to strategize and position themselves for the future based on current trends. Read More

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