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Good Faith Efforts To Improve Democracy in Indonesia?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, January 24 2014

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Democracy in Indonesia has two things going for it this year—a new organization called Ayo Vote, which hopes to mobilize young people and get them to the polls, and a government sponsored website where voters can peruse the CVs of their potential representation.

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How Obama for America Made Its Facebook Friends Into Effective Advocates

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 19 2012

During the summer, OfA chief data scientist Rayid Ghani and analyst Matt Rattigan brought the technology team a prototype piece of software. More a simple script, really, the prototype took a given supporter's Facebook ID, scanned the supporter's Facebook friends, checked what the campaign knew about those friends and returned content the campaign might want to put in front of them. By midsummer, they had a tool to spread content for the campaign that staff say was more than twice as effective as a traditional banner ad. Read More

Using Voter Data, Evangelical Group's Casting a Net for Christian Voters

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, February 28 2012

NPR's All Things Considered's got an interesting story up today about United in Purpose, a data-mining operation looking to identify evangelical Christians who aren't registered to vote and turn them out at the polls. The group, United in Purpose, also promotes an online platform where anyone can sign up to knock on doors and make phone calls to likely Christians, encouraging them to vote. Read More

DNC Drops Millions on Online Mobilization Ads

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 1 2010

The Democratic National Committee says that it's put a healthy $2.5 million on online ads in the homestretch, reports Ben Smith: A DNC spokeswoman, Lynda Tran, says the committee has launched a giant, last-minute online ... Read More

Daily Digest: Personal Democracy, Obama-Style

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 9 2008

In the midst of all the noise of RNC week, the Obama campaign quietly slipped out a Neighbor-to-Neighbor tool that might become a killer app come election day; Palin's dig at community organizing is fueling faith-based ... Read More

Daily Digest: Personal Democracy, Obama-Style

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 9 2008

The Web on the Candidates Oh, Internets: techPresident's Micah Sifry announces that, in light of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's dissolution of Parliament and the calling of new elections, the site has added new ... Read More

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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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