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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

Obama Website Design Inspires Young Artists Support and Votes

BY Editors | Wednesday, April 2 2008

Visual artists mobilizing for Barack Obama are producing images of the candidate and dispersing them through Web sites and blogs, attaining mass reach into a key voting demographic: their peers. Read More

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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