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More Evidence of Obama as Crowdsourcer: as Disruptive Force?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, February 9 2009

Check out this report from Clint Hendler of, who is tracking President Obama's comments at today's town-hall meeting in Elkhart, Indiana. He quotes Obama describing in the following way: “We’re ... Read More

Obama as Crowdsourcer; Organizing the Country for Change and Accountability

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, February 8 2009

It looks like President Obama's email list still has a lot of punch to it. Yesterday, he sent out a mass email asking people to watch a four-and-a-half minute video addressing the Organizing for America house parties, ... Read More

Information Age Volunteerism - Open Sourced! Crowdsourced!

BY Ben Rigby | Friday, February 6 2009

Despite the attention paid to national service recently, the field of volunteerism remains stolidly in the Industrial Era. But the moment is ripe... Information Age Volunteerism - Open Sourced! Crowdsourced! Read More

The Crowd-Scouring of the Presidency (and the End of Rovian Politics?)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 21 2008

Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, who just endorsed Barack Obama, tells Arianna Huffington, another Obama supporter, that "We are witnessing the end of Rovian politics," thanks to the internet and tools like YouTube. And ... Read More

Crowdsourced Smearbusting

BY Fred Stutzman | Wednesday, October 15 2008

A group of Obama supporters has crowdsourced the Fight the Smears campaign with a new website, Using search engine results, the site compiles a list of smears ("Guilt-by-association with Ayers" is one, ... Read More

Govt 2.0: The Power of Mass Collaboration is Here

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 3 2008

Go read British Cabinet Officer Tom Watson's speech on the "Power of information" and imagine a Member of Congress making a similar speech on how technology can radically reinvent government. Imagine one of our ... Read More

Fact-Checking the Candidates: PolitiFact

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, August 27 2007

A new site is rigorously fact-checking the candidates and rating their statements on a Truth-O-Meter. It's yielding fascinating results and could be an essential resource in 2008, but what about the participatory web and ... Read More