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Free Hugs: The Virus of Connection

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, September 29 2006

First, watch the "Free Hugs" video on YouTube. Now, ponder what this might teach us about politics, the internet and the zeitgeist. Some background is in order. A year ago, Juan Mann was just an odd guy standing in the ... Read More

Congressional Staff Pay, Exposed

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 20 2006

Some are calling it "salary porn," and apparently the desire to peek is so strong that this site crashed on its first day of operation, yesterday. But something like Legistorm, which bills itself as "the Web's only ... Read More

Bill Clinton Meets Top Bloggers: What's Wrong With This Picture?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, September 16 2006

That's the question some political bloggers who are African-American are asking about this photo of a meeting former President Bill Clinton had with fifteen political bloggers at his Harlem office this past Tuesday. Read More Open-Source Legislating

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, September 15 2006

Scott Chacon's baby is just born and still a modest project, but go check out There Oughta Be A, "a website for people to work together to create online bills that they think should be laws." Chacon, who ran a ... Read More

Safe Politicking, Online

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 13 2006

The Center for Democracy and Technology has put together a handy online guide for anyone involved in electoral politics online called, appropriately, the NetDemocracy Guide. It's an outgrowth of the fight between ... Read More

Web for Status Quo AND Change

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 21 2006

The Washington Post continues to out-do The New York Times in its coverage of the intersection of technology and politics. Two recent examples of smart reporting from the Post: Jeffrey Birnbaum's piece on "Targeting ... Read More

The WFP's Networked Google Play

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 17 2006

My friends at New York's Working Families Party have launched a smart way to engage their members in a very net-centric way of rolling out their online advertising this fall--they've emailed about 18,000 of the most ... Read More

Direct Democracy Inches Forward

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, August 11 2006

Two examples, one serious and one cute, of how technology is changing the actual conversation between elected officials and their constituents: First, check out this online survey posted on H2otown ("news and events for ... Read More

Hacking Politics--Lieberman/Lamont Edition

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, August 8 2006

Joe Lieberman's campaign is charging that supporters of his opponent, Ned Lamont, hacked his campaign website and email system, and his campaign manager is asking for a criminal investigation. The Lamont campaign denies ... Read More

Diplopedia, State Department 2.0?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, August 5 2006

The United States State Department is about to launch an intrnal wiki called Diplopedia. That#039s the most interesting news to come out Wikimania today, at least for me. Chris Bronk, who heads the "Office of ... Read More