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How Social Media Accelerated Tunisia's Revolution: An Inside View

BY Colin Delany | Thursday, February 10 2011

Originally published on Epolitics.com Did Twitter and Facebook "cause" the Tunisian Revolution and the protests in Egypt? Not according to Malcolm Gladwell, as he and others have questioned the role of social media in ... Read More

In an Internet Age, All Politics is Local -- But All Fundraising is National

BY Colin Delany | Monday, September 27 2010

Originally published on Epolitics.com In Saturday's AMP Summit panel discussion on effective online campaigning, fellow online politics old-timer Chris Casey made a great observation: politics may still be local, but ... Read More

Behind the Tea Party Victories in Delaware & Alaska: A Big Fat Email List

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, September 15 2010

Cross-posted from Epolitics.com Hell of a political year so far, eh? The Tea Party Express just ran over its second establishment Republican in the past few weeks, and since Delaware's victorious Christine O'Donnell ... Read More

Using Google Mobile Advertising to Catch Voters Waiting at the Polls

BY Colin Delany | Monday, August 30 2010

Cross-published from Epolitics.com Update: See also Kate Kaye's earlier coverage at ClickZ. Politico's Morning Tech column has highlighted a clever use of mobile advertising in last week's Florida primaries: As the ... Read More

The Online Political Advertising Trinity: Google, Facebook...and AOL?

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, August 18 2010

Cross-published from Epolitics.com Maybe not yet, but AOL would certainly like political professionals to start thinking that way -- with Google monopolizing search advertising and Facebook dominating the social space, ... Read More

The World is Neither Flat Nor Round (It's Lumpy -- and Fractal)

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, June 16 2010

Cross-published from Epolitics.com Fun thought question from Michael Clements, moderator of yesterday's Digital Capital Week/Future of Media panel: if the world was once flat, then round, then flat again (at least, ... Read More

Is it Unethical for BP to Buy Google Ads on Oil Spill-Related Keywords?

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, June 9 2010

Originally published on Epolitics.com Minor scuffle in the online communications world: BP has purchased Google Ads on search terms related to the Gulf oil spill (for example: "oil spill"), with its ads showing up at the ... Read More

The Fundamental Dishonesty of the Republican YouCut Budget Project

BY Colin Delany | Saturday, May 22 2010

Cross-published from Epolitics.com The fruits of Eric Cantor's new "YouCut" project made it to the House floor last week, with results entirely predictable: nothing passed, and it did so amid great partisan kerfluffle. ... Read More

What’s The Next Big Thing?

BY Colin Delany | Sunday, April 18 2010

Cross-posted from Epolitics.com On the eve of the Politics Online Conference, and after some time thinking about the broader political and media landscape over the last few days, let's ask a big question -- what's next? ... Read More

“Call Me Barbara” — Carly Fiorina’s Microsite Adventures Continue, Painfully

BY Colin Delany | Friday, February 19 2010

Cross-published from Epolitics.com Not content to have started the "Demon Sheep" meme that gave such joy to so many earlier in the month, California's Carly Fiorina decided to relaunch her "Call Me Barbara" microsite ... 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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