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MoveOn Gears Up for 2008

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 13 2008

MoveOn.org Political Action is hiring, looking for someone to work "on the development of cutting edge online organizing tools." The job description lays out an ambitious but not unrealistic plan for the giant e-group, ... Read More

Talking Shop With Mindy Finn, Romney's Director of eStrategy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, March 12 2008

Mitt Romney's director of eStrategy looks back on what was and what might have been. Read More

Daily Digest: Let Freedom Ring(tone)!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, March 12 2008

Get your red-hot presidential ringtones!; customize your very own Obamalogo at Logobama; send a video message directly to one of the campaigns; track Clinton's new web-based fundraising push; and find out which candidate ... Read More

Daily Digest: Let Freedom Ring(tone)!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, March 12 2008

Get your red-hot presidential ringtones!; customize your very own Obamalogo at Logobama; send a video message directly to one of the campaigns; track Clinton's new web-based fundraising push; and find out which candidate ... Read More

Daily Digest: Netroots Gnaws on Itself

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 10 2008

Trippi warns about Obama's blue-collar support; Jerome Armstrong mocks Chris Bowers; will the "emerging church" go for Obama?; Lessig aims to Change-Congress; Blogger flophouses in DC make the front page; inside Obama's ... Read More

Daily Digest: Netroots Gnaws on Itself

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 10 2008

Trippi warns about Obama's blue-collar support; Jerome Armstrong mocks Chris Bowers; will the "emerging church" go for Obama?; Lessig aims to Change-Congress; Blogger flophouses in DC make the front page; inside Obama's ... Read More

Justine Lam on Ron Paul's Networked Campaign

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 4 2008

Justine Lam, the internet director of the Ron Paul campaign, just gave a really interesting summary of how and why Ron Paul succeeded on- and off-line. I can't possibly live-blog every speaker or session at Politics ... Read More

How to Find Local Email Lists of Interest: GroupsNearYou.com Launches

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 4 2008

The amazingly productive e-democracy hackers at mySociety.org have rolled out their latest deviously simple web service, GroupsNearYou.com. Read More

Obama's Million Donors: Why They're Important

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, March 1 2008

Sometime today, I presume, the Obama campaign will reveal its total fundraising haul for the month of February, and everyone will go gaga. Whatever the actual number--$35 million is the low estimate (which would match ... Read More

Conference(s) Calling

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 28 2008

The conference season is heating up, and while we're not at TED or BIL or FRED*, Andrew, Josh and I will be busy over the next few weeks. Here are some highlights, including Politics Online, ETech, Freedom-to-Connect, ... 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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