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Behind the $150 Million: Obama's One Million Repeat Donor-Activists

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 20 2008

Al Giordano, blogging at The Field, puts his finger on the two most interesting elements of the Obama campaign's September fundraising success. First, buried in campaign manager David Plouffe's video announcement of a ... Read More

Reprise of $1 Million "Obama Minute," but now with Interactive Times Square Billboard

BY Michael Whitney | Sunday, October 5 2008

Last April we told you about an effort by an independent filmmaker that aimed to organize Obama supporters to donate $1 million to the candidate in under 1 minute. (They ended up raising a respectable $245,000 in a ... Read More

In the Weeds: Where McCain's Public Funding Meets Fundraising

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 10 2008

Just over a week ago came the remarkable news that the McCain campaign had raised some $7 million almost immediately after the announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, and some $4.5 million of it reportedly ... Read More

In the Weeds: Where McCain's Public Funding Meets Fundraising

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 10 2008

Just over a week ago came the remarkable news that the McCain campaign had raised some $7 million almost immediately after the announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, and some $4.5 million of it reportedly ... Read More

Daily Digest: Sarah Palin Has a Posse

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, September 4 2008

Some voters may still be working out their reaction to Sarah Palin's hard charging speech last night, but her address and its sustained needling of Barack Obama certainly won insta-plaudits on the online right; Former ... Read More

Barack's Boring Website

BY Patrick Ruffini | Sunday, July 27 2008

The common wisdom is that BarackObama.com is not only better at wrangling donations from the faithful, but is categorically better than JohnMcCain.com because it embraces an interactive as opposed to a broadcast model. ... Read More

Daily Digest: Novak Discovers They Let *Anyone* Read the Internets

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 23 2008

The Prince of Darkness explains away his propagation of the story that John McCain was picking a running mate this week by saying that all he did was post the story on the Internet; barackobama@gmail.com is not the ... Read More

Daily Digest: The Bloggers at Night Are Big and Bright...

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 18 2008

Both the online left and the online right gather in Austin, though the size and profile of Netroots Nation demonstrates the distance that conservatives still have to travel on the Internet; a congressman takes up a new ... Read More

Daily Digest: Next for FISA on MyBO? "Don't Ask Me"

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 2 2008

A group protesting Barack Obama's stand on warrantless surveillance has attracted more than 10,000 members in just a week, making it the largest user-created group on MyBarackObama.com; we spotlight a tech policy dust-up ... Read More

Clinton Camp Gets $$$ Joke

BY Mindy Finn | Thursday, April 24 2008

One year and two months later (exactly to the day since she “started the conversation”), the Hillary Clinton campaign is getting the joke Read More

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Orkut and Why Facebook Beats Out Local Social Networks

Orkut, Google’s social network platform once beloved in Brazil, will soon shutter with Facebook taking its place. Mark Zuckerberg's social network currently not only operates but also dominates in every time zone, making it at this point in time, an empire upon which the sun literally never sets. GO

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#FlashHacks: Crowdscraping Corporate Data to Understand "The Man"

You probably work for “The Man.” If not you, then someone close to you does, and even if you have no friends or family, your government is almost certainly doing business with him. Wouldn't it be nice to know a bit more about the so-called “Man”? Thanks to the massive open data project OpenCorporates, you now can, and they are intensifying their data opening efforts with #FlashHacks, a crowdscraping campaign launched today. The campaign goal is to release 10 million data points on the companies you work for, work with, buy from, sell to, and deal with in tangible and intangible ways every day, and all in just 10 days.

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New York City Payphone WiFi Project Presents Opportunities and Challenges

While some technologists who have experience in the space share the concerns of some New York City Council members and current payphone franchisees that the city's decision to award the project to only one franchisee or one joint venture could hurt the project, the city and one of the companies preparing a response to the Request for Proposals see the approach as the best way to ensure a standard experience, competition and innovation. From both perspectives, the project illustrates how the vision for more accessible WiFi in New York is tied to the potential for innovation within the established procurement system. GO

That's So Meta: To Test Digital Democracy, Crowdsourcing Comments on Digital Democracy

For more than a month now, Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, the global Wikimedia community site, has hosted a little experiment in digital democracy. Carl Miller, co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos-UK, and Wikimedia UK's Stevie Benton wanted to see whether the mechanisms that govern Wikipedia could be applied to political policy. The opportunity to do so arose when the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced the Commission on Digital Democracy, an investigation into how digital technology can be used to improve democratic processes, and solicited comments from the public.

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Weekly Readings: The "Snooper's Charter"

The UK wants to increase surveillance; Russia demands Google, Facebook and Twitter open local offices and hand over user data; Tunisians debate on social media whether to boycott the next election; and much more. GO

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