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Election Roundup

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, November 8 2006

The election fallout pieces are popping up now and some of them bring encouraging news about the effect of the blogosphere and technology on the midterms. Here's a running list of important pieces and sites that suggest ... Read More

State Laws on Polling Place Photography

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, November 7 2006

This year voters and activists have been intensely interested in videotaping and photographing polling places to ensure fairness and expose violations, but the legality of these actions has been unclear. Thankfully, the ... Read More

Video Voter and The Hot Seat 2006: Learn About Your Candidates, Quickly

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, November 3 2006

If you live and California or New York and still need help deciding who to vote for next Tuesday, two web sites have come to the rescue. For New York, The Hot Seat 2006 is a Flash-based site that showcases audio clips ... Read More

Update on Campaigning with Facebook

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 31 2006

Christine Williams and Jeff Gulatir, the two political scientists at Bentley College who have been studying Facebook as a campaign tool, have released an update to their study just in time for the mid-terms. Since the ... Read More

The Blogs of War

BY Joshua Levy | Sunday, October 29 2006

Social networking, and blogging in particular, has had a profound impact on how members of the military articulate their experiences, and they've developed large, influential social networks that function as support ... Read More

The Rise of the Bloggyists

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, October 26 2006

Most of us know that "early adopters" experiment with new technologies before they reach the mass market, and this stable of enthusiastic techno-geeks can be relied upon to forecast future hits. Today Gary J. Andres ... Read More

Google Earth Maps the Election

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, October 23 2006

A very cool feature has popped up on Google Earth that overlays all 436 congressional districts over a map of the United States and highlights the races occurring in each of those districts. Each race is represented by ... Read More

Predict06: Testing the Wisdom of Crowds

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, October 19 2006

In his book The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki looks at the ability of large, disconnected groups to make accurate decisions and predictions. Group intelligence may be good at telling how many jelly beans are in a ... Read More

Call for Change Gets the Calls Out

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, October 19 2006

Dailykos posted yesterday about Moveon's new GOTV effort Call for Change. As Eli Pariser describes it, the goal of the campaign is to allow people to log onto www.callforchange.org from their home computers and then ... Read More

Facebook as a Campaign Tool

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, October 18 2006

Two political science professors at Bentley College, a business college in Waltham, Massachusetts, have examined Facebook as a campaign tool and come up with fascinating results. Christine Williams and Jeff Gulati ... Read More

News Briefs

RSS Feed wednesday >

First POST: Outgassing

How Beijing is throttling expressions of solidarity with the Hong Kong democracy protests; is the DCCC going overboard with its online fundraising tactics?; SumOfUs's innovative new engagement metric; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

With Vision of Internet Magna Carta, Web We Want Campaign Aims To Go Beyond Protest Mode

On Saturday, Tim Berners-Lee reiterated his call for an Internet Magna Carta to ensure the independence and openness of the World Wide Web and protection of user privacy. His remarks were part of the opening of the Web We Want Festival at the Southbank Centre in London, which the Web We Want campaign envisioned as only the start of a year long international process underlying his call to formulate concrete visions for the open web of the future, going beyond protests and the usual advocacy groups. GO

First POST: Lifestyles

Google's CEO on "work-life balance"; how CloudFlare just doubled the size of the encrypted web; Dems like Twitter; Reps like Pinterest; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Showdown

How demonstrators in Hong Kong are using mobile tech to route around government control; will the news penetrate mainland China?; dueling spin from Dems and Reps on which party's tech efforts will matter more in November; and much, much more. GO

friday >

Pirate MEP Crowdsources Internet Policy Questions For Designated EU Commissioners

While the Pirate Party within Germany was facing internal disputes over the last week, the German Pirate Party member in the European Parliament, Julia Reda, is seeking to make the European Commission appointment process more transparent by crowdsourcing questions for the designated Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society and the designated Vice President for the Digital Single Market. GO

First POST: Dogfood

What ethical social networking might look like; can the iPhone promise more privacy?; how Obama did on transparency; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Sucks

How the FCC can't communicate; tech is getting more political; Facebook might see a lawsuit for its mood manipulation experiment; and much, much more. GO

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