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Turning Enthusiasm into Votes and Money

BY Joshua Levy | Sunday, October 15 2006

Another article appeared yesterday, this time in the Wall Street Journal, about the political campaigning uses of MySpace. It describes the experience of candidates like Chuck Poochigian, the Republican running for ... Read More

Questioning the Efficacy of Email Campaigns

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, October 13 2006

A tussle has developed among top political communications vendors over a study commissioned by Capitol Advantage that claims that thousands of emails citizens send to Congress aren't reaching Congress at all. If true, ... Read More

Helping the Community Cover the Debates

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, October 11 2006

How often do you wish for intelligent and diverse post-debate commentary? How about a place where you can discuss the salient points of the debate with others rather than watch people give their pre-packaged opinions on ... Read More

Allison Fine on the Connected Age

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 10 2006

Allison Fine, friend of PDF and author of the recently published Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, wrote a fantastic editorial in Sunday's Mercury News (you'll have to register for free to read it). ... Read More

Webcameron: Is the Medium the Message?

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 3 2006

While George Allen and Mark Foley get tangled up in YouTube and instant messaging, one British politician is using online social media to his advantage. David Cameron, the British MP and head of the Conservative Party, ... Read More

The First Netizen-Powered E-Debate

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, October 2 2006

The upcoming gubernatorial debate in Minnesota will run from October 9th to 19th. That's right, a ten-day long debate, made possible through the magic of citizen-powered media. The Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate will ... Read More

Who is the Face Behind the Sock?

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, September 29 2006

A few days ago The Hill reported that yet another campaign staffer doesn't understand that IP addresses (the network location of your computer) are traceable. Someone working for Rep. Charles Bass, a New Hampshire ... Read More

The People Choose 2006: The First Political YouTube?

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, September 27 2006

This election year it's all about citizen-generated content. Another site has launched that is promising big things in the way of citizen involvement in the campaign process. The People Choose 2006 is, frankly, a ... Read More

Citizen Information Gathering: Three Projects

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, September 26 2006

While many sites like RealClearPolitics do a great job of contextualizing campaigns with poll numbers and links to articles, they are often governed by a top-down structure that reflects an editorial vision. That's ... Read More

OneWebDay this Friday!

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, September 20 2006

Have you ever taken a step back from that email you're writing, the blog post you're mulling, or the web site you're designing and think about the how powerful the web is? How it's changed our lives, from our ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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