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Obama, the Internet and the Decline of Big Money and Big Media

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 6 2008

If it were not for the internet, and all the campaign- and voter-generated activism that it has enabled, Hillary Clinton would already be the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, and Barack Obama or another ... Read More

Is This Beat Up on Hillary Week on YouTube?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, January 27 2008

Professional and amateur videographers online are starting to zero in on Hillary Clinton in a way that could subtly hurt her image. Will her campaign respond? In the meantime, don't miss this eerie mashup of Clinton ... Read More

Congrats to Julie Barko Germany

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, January 25 2008

Hearty congratulations are in order for Julie Barko Germany, who has just been officially named the new director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet (IPDI) at George Washington University. Julie ... Read More

Congrats to Julie Barko Germany

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, January 25 2008

Hearty congratulations are in order for Julie Barko Germany, who has just been officially named the new director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet (IPDI) at George Washington University. Julie ... Read More

Three Ways to Rev Up the Web Campaigns

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 24 2008

It's not too late for the campaigns to take some bold steps, using the web, to get new infusions of money, volunteers and votes. Here's how... Read More

Bush Blogs, Sort Of

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 21 2008

Looks like President Bush or one of his ghost-writers had time to post some "Trip Notes From the Middle East" that are almost bloggish in their style. Now we know who picks out the president's suits and ties. (Hat tips ... Read More

Ross Perot Surfaces

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 17 2008

Jonathan Alter has a fun scoop in Newsweek: a rare interview with Ross Perot, America's most reclusive political figure. Three things jumped out at me in the interview, which was mainly about Perot's dislike of John ... Read More

The Democratic Race: Obama Dominating Online Organizing of Offline Events

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 15 2008

Time for another periodic look at grassroots activity being generated by the top Democratic campaigns, which give their supporters online tools to organize and advertise local house parties, fundraisers, phone-banking ... Read More

Calling Convention Bloggers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 15 2008

The political conventions are at the end of the summer, but if you're a blogger seeking credentials, don't forget to get your application in. Read More

Unity08, Bloomberg and the Specter of an Independent for President

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 10 2008

Whither third parties and independents in 2008? Unity08 is fading, as expected. But Bloomberg may yet run, if the conditions are right. With the right message, he could even go all the way. Read More

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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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