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Daily Digest: Pennsylvania and the Email Blitz

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 4 2008

TNR on the candidates' Wikipedia entries; email campaigns in PA reveal some odd choices; the first political meta-group in Facebook?; adding YouTube videos to a Googlebombing campaign; and Hillary launches a new ... Read More

Favorite Videos of the Week: The McCain Girls Strike Back!

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 4 2008

In this week's best videos, a McCain girl strikes back; Letterman and McCain jab each other; McCain releases what may be the cheapest political TV ad ever; Gravel goes psychedelic; and more. Also, today marks 40 years ... Read More

Obama's $40M

BY Patrick Ruffini | Friday, April 4 2008

As fundraising gets more and more transparent, it's important to learn how to read between the lines. As pathbreaking as the Obama campaign has been, they are a step back from the transparency of the Dean bat, ... Read More

HillaryClinton.com Geotargets Indiana. Where Else?

BY Patrick Ruffini | Thursday, April 3 2008

Today, when hooked up to an in-store wifi network, I happened upon something pretty interesting: the HillaryClinton.com homepage was geared almost exclusively to the state of Indiana, with no less than four prominent ... Read More

The Return of Hillary's "Conversation"

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 3 2008

Today North Carolinian airwaves were hit with a new ad from Hillary Clinton. This one doesn't try to scare the bejeezus out of you with creepy stories of late-night mortgage crises. No, this ad heralds the return of ... Read More

Govt 2.0: The Power of Mass Collaboration is Here

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 3 2008

Go read British Cabinet Officer Tom Watson's speech on the "Power of information" and imagine a Member of Congress making a similar speech on how technology can radically reinvent government. Imagine one of our ... Read More

Govt 2.0: The Power of Mass Collaboration is Here

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 3 2008

Go read British Cabinet Officer Tom Watson's speech on the "Power of information" and imagine a Member of Congress making a similar speech on how technology can radically reinvent government. Imagine one of our ... Read More

Daily Digest: Obama Girl Is Out?

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 3 2008

Clay Shirky talks to Salon about online organizing, Obama Girl, and more; polls show Obama Girl is getting tiresome; the Hillary Clinton Deathwatch is keeping a close eye on Hillary's chances; Jeff Jarvis asks who should ... Read More

Daily Digest: Obama Girl Is Out?

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 3 2008

Clay Shirky talks to Salon about online organizing, Obama Girl, and more; polls show Obama Girl is getting tiresome; the Hillary Clinton Deathwatch is keeping a close eye on Hillary's chances; Jeff Jarvis asks who should ... 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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