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Why Digital Politics Pros are Still Skeptical About Mobile Donations

BY Christian Bourge | Thursday, July 12 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Despite a June ruling from the Federal Election Commission approving a new scheme for accepting political donations via text message, political fundraising consultants and campaign technology experts are unsure that SMS donations — heralded as a boon for nonprofits — will be ready for use this election cycle.

And read on for: Four projects Republicans and Democrats should watch for other ways to raise money via mobile phone.

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'Civility and Social Media'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 9 2011

"In 140 characters, you can glance at a tweet and know if they're adding something substantive to the conversation or not" — Adam Sharp speaks about civility and social media on a panel at Personal Democracy Forum ... Read More

Testing the Waters Now Includes Cleaning Up Your Online Rep

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 4 2011

Part of the preparation for candidates running for office these days involves hiring a team to protect their online reputation, reports Politico's Jen Martinez: Online reputation management firms that already do big ... Read More

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Germany Releases Open Data Action Plan Amidst Grassroots Enthusiasm and Pirate Party Turmoil

The German government on Wednesday unveiled its open data action plan to implement the open data charter established by the G8, now G7, countries. But while German open government advocates welcomed its release, for them it does not go far enough. Even as the open data movement is taking new hold in Germany on the local level with encouragement from the new Code for Germany effort, in the national Pirate Party, the supposed German net party, internal leadership disputes are overshadowing its digital agenda. GO

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First POST: Scotched

Why conservatives should back net neutrality; how big data may damage civil rights; the ways Silicon Valley start-ups are exploiting freelance workers; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Resets

Apple's new iOS8 promises greater user privacy; Occupy Wall Street three years later; how tech may tilt the Scotland independence vote; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Connecting the Dots

Take Back the Tech grades Facebook, Twitter, et al, on transparency; MayDay PAC founder Lawrence Lessig talks about getting matched funds; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Splits

USA Freedom Act divides Internet activists; Julian Assange's Reddit "Ask Me Anything"; New York's pro-net-neutrality protest; and much, much more GO

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After Election Loss, Teachout and Wu Keep Up Net Neutrality and Anti-Comcast Merger Campaign

The Teachout/Wu campaign may have lost, but their pro net-neutrality campaign continued Monday as both former candidates participated in a rallly in New York City marking the final day to comment on the Federal Communications Commission's Internet proposals and kept up their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo. GO

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