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First POST: Net Effects

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 27 2015

Ballooning digital campaign teams; early registration deadlines kept millions of people from voting in 2012; love letters to Obamacare; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Challenges

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 24 2015

How Silicon Valley donors are thinking about Hillary Clinton 2016; Yahoo's security chief locks horns with the head of the NSA; Instagram location data catches a Congressman with his hand in the till; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Oversharing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 11 2015

The internal combustion of the New Organizing Institute; why sexist and homophobic tweets are still not a good idea; lessons from John Ellis (Jeb) Bush on how not to do transparency; and much, much more. Read More

Republican National Committee's Biggest Challenge Isn't Tech, It's Culture

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, February 10 2014

The Republican's existential brand crisis: What does Republican stand for? Photo: RNC.

The Republican National Committee's launch of its tech incubator Para Bellum Labs last week sparked off several rounds of derision online -- complete with a microsite mocking the committee's effort to adopt Silicon Valley startup culture. But veterans of President Obama's presidential campaigns say that the data and tech deficit isn't the biggest problem facing the Republicans. It's an organizational one. Read More

For Obama's Former Data Director, a New Task: Train More Data-Driven Campaigners

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, January 10 2013

Can "Obama-style" campaigning work for the rest of the Democratic Party? NOI hopes to find out. Photo: Scout Tufankjian / OfA

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The incoming leader of a training facility for Democratic operatives says that when it comes to 21st-century campaign skills, being better than Republicans isn't enough.

"When I think about what lessons the progressive movement can learn from the Obama campaign to be more successful, it's not: 'you should use casual subject lines in your e-mail like 'Hey,'" says Ethan Roeder, incoming executive director of the New Organizing Institute in Washington, D.C. "It's: 'You should be testing everything.'"

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New Organizing Institute Changes Leadership

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, January 8 2013

Judith Freeman, one of the co-founders of the left-leaning New Organizing Institute In Washington, D.C. is leaving her post as its executive director at the end of March. She will be succeeded by the self-described ... Read More