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Gov't is broken. Citizen scrutiny is the bugfix.

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, March 16 2008

Last week at ETech, one of my favorite tech conferences, three Brits convened a delightful panel on "moving theft-based activism to the global stage." The title actually made the discussion sound a bit illicit, when ... Read More

Freestyling Voter Registration

BY Zephyr Teachout | Saturday, March 15 2008

I went voter registering this morning, and ended up free-styling. I am by nature indolent on Saturdays, so I had no intention of writing or preparing for class, and I did what I often do on open mornings—I went to the ... Read More

Pro-Clinton Writers Go "On Strike" at DailyKos

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, March 15 2008

It looks like the heightening divisions with the Democratic party over the Obama-Clinton contest are causing an open split in the online progressive city known as DailyKos. Read More

McCain's Persuasion Strategy

BY Patrick Ruffini | Saturday, March 15 2008

My posts on the Republican online campaign are sometimes prodding, but in at least one area, John McCain laps the competition: using his site to tell his story to first-time visitors and undecided voters. I was ... Read More

Obama Blogs About His Relationship with Rev. Wright

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 14 2008

Obama goes on Huffington Post to address the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy. Read More

Daily Digest: Obama Gets Naked (With His Earmarks)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 14 2008

Semi-pro campaign journalism gets a mid-term review; Republican consultant launches NoJohn.com; Chuck DeFeo shares his secrets for getting attention online; Obama gets naked with his earmarks, will Clinton follow?; and ... Read More

Daily Digest: Obama Gets Naked (With His Earmarks)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 14 2008

Semi-pro campaign journalism gets a mid-term review; Republican consultant launches NoJohn.com; Chuck DeFeo shares his secrets for getting attention online; Obama gets naked with his earmarks, will Clinton follow?; and ... Read More

Favorites Videos of the Week: The Race is About Race?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 14 2008

It seems like this was the week of dueling racial memes, with controversy swirling around videos of former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, a Clinton backer, and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Obama's church, and lots of ... Read More

John McCain, Vlogger

BY Patrick Ruffini | Thursday, March 13 2008

How does John McCain go up against the $3 million-per-email Obama machine and the $2 million-per-email Clinton machine? It's a big question with serious implications for the future of the Republican Party. And the answer ... Read More

MoveOn Announces "Obama in 30 Seconds" Contest

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 13 2008

I guess it's MoveOn day here at techPres. The giant e-group has just reached into its 2004 playbook and announced an "Obama in 30 Seconds" contest for video makers. The reason? "The race isn't over, and we've got to pull ... 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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