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Democracy.com Hopes to Level Campaign Playing Field With Social Network For Politics

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, October 15 2013

Most candidates for political office in America, especially local offices, don't have a website. Democracy.com is a new start-up that is hoping to build a robust political social network by focusing on meeting the basic technology needs of those candidates, Miranda Neubauer reports. Read More

With Shades of Obama's 2012 Campaign, Internet Politics Appears in German Elections

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, April 2 2013

"Elli" goes to Pre-K at Age 2.

The whole world watched the 2012 presidential elections in the United States and saw a wired campaign where the web was both tool and topic, a means to political ends and a subject of politics in itself. As Germany prepares to elect a new government, candidates and political parties are taking stances and strategies with shades of the American 2012 campaign, from Obama for America's use of the web to the slow rise of Internet policy as an important campaign issue. Read More

The Instagram Filter As Design Aesthetic

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 4 2012

The photos used in this Obama campaign get-out-the-vote site have a very Instagram vibe. If 2008 was the year of the Gotham font, maybe 2012 will be the year of the photo filter? Read More

Santorum's Website After Iowa and his "Google Problem"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 5 2012

Over at Search Engine Land, there's more baseball-insidery on Rick Santorum's online presence during and immediately after his big night in Iowa. The way the site was handled immediately after the Iowa caucus, Danny Sullivan writes, hurt Santorum's chances of keeping links to his pages higher in Google Search than pages that contribute to his "Google problem." Read More

A New 'Women' Problem for Herman Cain

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, December 2 2011

Photo: @bendimiero, imgur Herman Cain may have another women problem on his hands. Ben Dimiero from Media Matters of America has spotted that an image on his new Women for Cain page is a stock photo that has also been ... Read More

Obama's New, Stretchy, Mobile-Friendly Site Redesign

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 18 2011

The Obama campaign has relaunched its website: Things are looking a bit different around here. We’ve done some tweaking and polishing to better showcase all the progress we're making on the ground and make sure you ... Read More

Herman Cain's Web Team Uses '404 Not Found' Page As Opportunity To Brand Obama's Policies as Road To Nowhere

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, November 15 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain can often appear indecisive when trying to articulate his thoughts about the role that Muslims should play in our society, or on President Obama's policy toward Libya, but ... Read More

New Obama for America Page is a Jungle Gym for Donation Data

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 20 2011

Source: Barackobama.com Obama for America has released a website for users to explore data about the campaign's donor base, in order to celebrate, per the campaign, their one-millionth donor. The application allows users ... Read More

The Slow End of a Campaign Online

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 17 2011

Tim Pawlenty's online campaign is taking a long time to die. After placing third in the Ames Straw Poll last weekend, the former Minnesota governor released a new online ad and announced on Twitter that he was looking ... Read More

Jon Huntsman Spins Up Online Operation

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 20 2011

With cryptic teaser videos and a web presence that says next to nothing about his presidential bid as of earlier this morning, Jon Huntsman's campaign kickoff is so far looking more like a marketing campaign for a ... 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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