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PlantsForHillary.com -- Crashed or Pulled Down?

BY Colin Delany | Friday, November 16 2007

A John Edwards-created anti-Hillary site seems to be down, even though it only launched yesterday. Technical problems or a change of heart? Now updated. Read More

Dueling Emails: GOP Has Hillary's Library Card; DNC Thinks It Has the GOP's Number

BY Colin Delany | Tuesday, November 13 2007

Time for another in our occasional series of articles chronicling dueling emails from the Republican and Democratic National Committees (very exciting, yes). Today, the Rs struck first with a quite clever message from ... Read More

Is No One Reading Giuliani's Blog?

BY Colin Delany | Thursday, November 8 2007

Continuing with the recent exciting news from the Republican side of our little presidential campaign, Bruce Reed notes in Slate that Rudy Giuliani's official blog seems to be acting in sympathy with Hollywood writers ... Read More

Connecting Some Dots: What Wesley Clark, Rush Limbaugh and MoveOn.org Have in Common

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, October 17 2007

A chat I had with a couple of folks from Radio Singapore International this weekend called up something that's been playing around in my head for a while now: the idea that we're seeing the birth of a host of alternative ... Read More

DNC Using Email to Encourage Real-World Action

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, October 10 2007

The Democratic National Committee continued their consistently excellent use of an email list today with a message keyed to local political organizing. Read More

Giuliani and Obama's House Party Fundraiser Webcasts

BY Colin Delany | Thursday, September 20 2007

A little bird dropped something off via email the other day that I thought you guys might be interested in — it's a new twist on the classic political house party fundraiser. Read More

Joe Biden's Latest Online Video Innovation: A Searchles Channel

BY Colin Delany | Tuesday, September 11 2007

Here's an interesting little feature that the Biden campaign has just started using — a tool that can combine several video clips into a single embed, even if they originate on different video hosting sites. Instead ... Read More

Fred08.com Still Buggy, But a Good Campaign Site

BY Colin Delany | Thursday, September 6 2007

In honor of his announcement last night, I just checked out Fred Thompson's official site, and I gotta say, very slick Flash interface, guys. A few bugs here and there, though — when I clicked on some of the stories ... Read More

Online Challenges for 2008, Part 1: Will TiVo Kill the Political Ad?

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, September 5 2007

TiVos will matter to political campaigns because television matters: candidates and their media consultants spend the vast majority of their money on television ads, and digital video recorders are going to let the ... Read More

Republican Resurgence and the Myth of the Progressive Web?

BY Colin Delany | Thursday, August 23 2007

I hate to agree with Jonah Goldberg on anything, but... Okay, it'd be an exaggeration to say that I side with his recent LA Times op-ed about online politics, but I agree that the rise of the political Internet ought to ... Read More

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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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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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