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The Case for Political Software as a Commodity, Not a Weapon

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 13 2012

It's the people, stupid. That's the message that some progressives have for colleagues like Netroots Nation's Raven Brooks, who called for a boycott of the political software startup NationBuilder, and Matt Browner Hamlin, who says he'll stop recommending the software to clients, all because NationBuilder has struck a deal to provide software to Republican candidates for state legislatures. Read More

Digital Mobilization Firm Crowdverb Acquired By Grassroots Advocacy Group Direct Impact

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, April 4 2012

Crowdverb, a seven-person digital mobilization startup founded by a group of veteran Republican operatives, has been acquired by Direct Impact, a grassroots public affairs group headquartered in Washington, D.C. Read More

Claire McCaskill Hires Blue State Digital's Alex Kellner As Digital Director

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, February 6 2012

Missouri's senior Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has hired Blue State Digital's Alex Kellner as its digital director. Read More

Blue State's Lauren Miller Moving to Elizabeth Warren's Campaign

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 6 2012

Blue State Digital's director of online communications, Lauren Miller, announced yesterday that she is leaving the left-leaning software giant to join U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's campaign as new media director. Miller starts working for Warren in about two weeks. Read More

Obama '12 Has Its Digital Director

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Teddy Goff; photo source: Blue State Digital Teddy Goff will lead the digital efforts of the 2012 Obama campaign, says a campaign source, confirming chatter that has been floating around in online politics circles. ... Read More

Interview: Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Blue State Digital Partner, on Being Acquired by Global Giant WPP

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 30 2010

Blue State Digital, the firm that gained notice for its role in in the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, announced today that it had been fully aquired by global communications giant WPP. Read More

Blue State Digital Bought by WPP

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 30 2010

We interrupt this vacation to bring you the news that Blue State Digital, the digital strategy and communications firm perhaps best known for its work on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, has been acquired by WPP ... Read More

Stacks and Stacks of Emails

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 2 2010

One reason your inbox might have felt a bit swamped by election emails in the last twelve hours: Blue State Digital, just one of the digital firms on the Democratic-slash-progressive side of things, reports having sent ... Read More

Demanding More in Brazil

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, August 19 2010

Reuters' Stuart Grudging reports on the uncertain impact of online campaigning in the race to replace Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, better known as just "Lula." 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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