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NYC Mayoral Candidates Promise Disruption, SimCity and Hackathons at Gracie Mansion

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, August 30 2013

De Blasio meeting with Parent bloggers in March (De Blasio/Facebook)

Frontrunning Democratic mayoral contender Bill De Blasio likened his ideas to the "disruptive" nature of technology in a recent interview with the New York Tech Meetup*, emphasizing the importance of transparency, grassroots organizing and engagement in the democratic process, invoking the examples of Barack Obama and Howard Dean. Dean endorsed De Blasio this week. In late August, De Blasio, Republican Candidate Joe Lhota and Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrioncontinued a series of video discussion sessions with the mayoral candidates that were organized by the Tech Meetup and hosted by ThoughtWorks. Read More

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A "Merkel-App" for German Voters

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 29 2013

Screenshot of the Merkel-App

The German Conservative CDU party has launched a mobile "Merkel-App" a little less than a month before the German election on September 22 and a few days before the race's only televised debate on September 1. Read More

Facebook's First Government Requests Report: Over 25,000 Inquiries in Six Months

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, August 27 2013

On Tuesday, Facebook joined Google and Twitter in releasing its first Global Government Requests Report, providing an overview of the information requests it had received about Facebook users and to what it extent it fulfilled those requests. Worldwide, 71 countries made over 25,600 requests about more than 38,000 users. Read More

Quinn Proposes All-Girls STEM Schools to Close Gender Gap in Education

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, August 26 2013

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New York City Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn, announced yesterday her plan for tackling the city's gender gap in math, science and tech education: establish an all-girls Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) middle school in each of the city's five boroughs. Read More

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Young and Naive YouTube Questions for German Politicians

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 22 2013

German Chancellor-Candidate Peer Steinbrück with Tilo Jung (Jung und Naiv/Facebook)

In the U.S., when politicians want to reach out to younger audiences, they often appear on the Daily Show or the Colbert Report. In the ongoing German campaign season leading up to the September 22 national election, politicians this year have been able to take advantage of a new outlet, inspired by those U.S. examples, to connect with a younger demographic. Since February, freelance German journalist Tilo Jung has gained attention with his YouTube series Jung & Naiv, a play on his name, but a title that also encapsulates the persona he takes on for the series which has the tagline "Politics for the Disinterested." Read More

Sheryl Sandberg Endorses Christine Quinn for New York City Mayor

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, August 16 2013

Quinn on an LIC Tech Tour in June with Jukay Hsu and CM Jimmy van Bramer (Coalition for Queens/Facebook)

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is endorsing Christine Quinn for mayor of New York City, the Quinn campaign announced today, as the current City Council Speaker outlined her plans to promote the growth of the city's technology sector with investments in Long Island City, Queens. Read More

NYC Mayoral Candidates Outline Post-Bloomberg Tech Agendas

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 15 2013

Screenshot of WABC debate

Four leading candidates for New York City, who already are using technology to reach out to voters, recently outlined their technology policy priorities in interview sessions hosted by the New York Tech Meetup* at ThoughtWorks headquarters in late July, emphasizing the importance of education, accessibility, transparency, infrastructure, partnerships with the technology community and affordability. The videos of these sessions were posted late Monday; Meetup executive director Jessica Lawrence said that the interviews are continuing and more videos will be posted soon. Read More

NYC Debates Hosts Are Crowdsourcing Questions

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, August 12 2013

Sponsors of tonight's official debate between New York City Comptroller Candidates candidates, former Governor Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, are encouraging voters to use Google Moderator to submit and vote on questions for the candidates. The hosts are also seeking Google Moderator questions for the August 21 Democratic mayoral debate. Read More

New York City Looks to Technology to Grow Voter Turnout

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, August 9 2013

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Even though New Yorkers will have to vote with old-fashioned lever machines in the September primary elections, New York campaign finance officials and candidates are looking to 21st century technology to try and encourage voter participation and interest, especially among younger voters. Read More

Jim Messina and Blue State Digital on Opposite Sides of British Election Campaign

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, August 2 2013

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Organizing for America's Jim Messina will be working as a campaign strategy advisor for the 2015 general election campaign of British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party, BBC News reported today. This puts him in competition with Blue State Digital, the consulting firm known for its work on President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 elections. BSD signed the Labour Party as a client earlier this year. Read More