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Did The White House Turn OFA Into Microsoft?

BY Ari Melber | Friday, January 15 2010

My new report on the first year of Organizing for America is yielding some interesting responses, including notes from politicos who want to remain anonymous. Here is an email from a seasoned Democrat that suggests a ... Read More

Obama's Cocaine, Clinton's Pot and The Facebook Generation

BY Ari Melber | Monday, May 25 2009

The New York Times convened several tech experts this weekend to debate online privacy and the "overuse of social networking tools." Professor Clay Shirky stole the show, recounting a college tequila run that ended with ... Read More

Bill Clinton Gets Webbier

BY Ari Melber | Monday, May 25 2009

Hillary Clinton has been talking up online diplomacy, as Micah Sifry and Nancy Scola reported in this space, and her husband is getting in on the act, too. Read More

Obama's Online Health Care Drive: Epic Fail?

BY Ari Melber | Tuesday, May 12 2009

OFA launched a new email and petition drive on Tuesday afternoon, ratcheting up pressure on Congress to pass the President's health care plan. Huffington Post's Nico Pitney reports on the move's political significance: A ... Read More

Elites Blasted at Elite Summit

BY Ari Melber | Tuesday, May 5 2009

"I don't want to be an apologist, especially not for this zip code," said Joshua L. Steiner, co-president of the Quadrangle investment firm, as he scanned the well-heeled crowd gathered in lower Manhattan for The New ... Read More

Condi Rice's Tortured Macaca Moment

BY Ari Melber | Tuesday, May 5 2009

Political blog readers know that Condi Rice recently lost it. Asked about her role advancing torture during the Bush administration in a meeting with college students, Rice claimed that no torture occurred in Guantanamo ... Read More

Future Historians: Blogs Drive U.S. Foreign Policy

BY Ari Melber | Sunday, April 12 2009

For Internet politics, the controversial becomes conventional very quickly. Until recently, there were heated disputes over whether political blogs had any impact on American government. While academics still debate the ... Read More

Study Finds Bias in 2008 Campaign -- Among Men Only

BY Ari Melber | Friday, April 3 2009

Maybe there weren't that many "P.U.M.A.s" after all. A new Harvard study -- from some PDF friends at Berkman -- reports that male voters displayed "in-group" bias for people who shared their candidate preference in the ... Read More

White House Reignites Never-Ending Virtual Town Hall

BY Ari Melber | Friday, April 3 2009

The White House released a new video on Friday, tackling another question from last week's virtual town hall with President Obama. White House aides had indicated they would continue to engage citizen questions, as I ... Read More

From the White House to the Next Open for Questions

BY Ari Melber | Monday, March 30 2009

Just about everyone has weighed in on the President's first virtual town hall, and my report from a day at the White House is here. Looking forward, here are three thoughts on the next Open for Questions, and picking up ... Read More

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With Vision of Internet Magna Carta, Web We Want Campaign Aims To Go Beyond Protest Mode

On Saturday, Tim Berners-Lee reiterated his call for an Internet Magna Carta to ensure the independence and openness of the World Wide Web and protection of user privacy. His remarks were part of the opening of the Web We Want Festival at the Southbank Centre in London, which the Web We Want campaign envisioned as only the start of a year long international process underlying his call to formulate concrete visions for the open web of the future, going beyond protests and the usual advocacy groups. GO

First POST: Lifestyles

Google's CEO on "work-life balance"; how CloudFlare just doubled the size of the encrypted web; Dems like Twitter; Reps like Pinterest; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Showdown

How demonstrators in Hong Kong are using mobile tech to route around government control; will the news penetrate mainland China?; dueling spin from Dems and Reps on which party's tech efforts will matter more in November; and much, much more. GO

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Pirate MEP Crowdsources Internet Policy Questions For Designated EU Commissioners

While the Pirate Party within Germany was facing internal disputes over the last week, the German Pirate Party member in the European Parliament, Julia Reda, is seeking to make the European Commission appointment process more transparent by crowdsourcing questions for the designated Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society and the designated Vice President for the Digital Single Market. GO

First POST: Dogfood

What ethical social networking might look like; can the iPhone promise more privacy?; how Obama did on transparency; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Sucks

How the FCC can't communicate; tech is getting more political; Facebook might see a lawsuit for its mood manipulation experiment; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Wartime

A bizarre online marketing effort targets actress Emma Watson; why the news media needs to defend the privacy of its online readers; Chicago's playbook for civic user testing; and much, much more. GO

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