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Google is Seeking Political Trendspotters

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 10 2011

Google is asking users to get in on using Google Trends to get an idea of what people are searching for around political campaigns: From an early look at the state of the GOP Presidential race in Iowa to looking at what ... Read More

We Still Don't Know How to Vote

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 2 2010

Google Trends, a compilation of what we're all mining the Internet for from the privacy of our own homes or offices or mobile phones, reveals this election day an important truth: Americans very often don't know who ... Read More

"Threats" Climbs Google's Hot Topics

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 25 2010

Google Trends ever-changing list of "hot topics" that people are searching for online has been a particularly fascinating, if not altogether scientific, peek into what's on Americans minds. Read More

Americans are Taking an Interest in Health Care (Updated)

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 23 2010

Google Searches for Health Care from March 15th through March 20th Read More

Navigating the World Live Web: An Exploratory Talk on The Way We Look to Us All

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, December 6 2009

Who are we? What are we thinking about or responding to or passionate about or interested in? On October 21, 2009, I gave a talk to NPR Weekend Edition and Digital staff, during their staff retreat. The topic was ... Read More

R.I.P. Ted Kennedy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, August 26 2009

The political world is buzzing today with condolences and reminiscences of Senator Edward Kennedy, and we here at PdF add our respects. Read More

Birthers of a Nation: How the Obama "Birth Certificate" Issue is Playing Online

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, August 2 2009

The news that American southerners are the most likely to question whether President Obama is actually a native-born citizen got a lot of attention last Friday, when a Research2000 survey on that question was released by ... Read More

Daily Digest: Fired Up, Ready to Govern

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, November 5 2008

As that great American president Josiah Bartlet so often said, "What's next?" Last night was a beginning, not an end: there are appointments to be made, policy to be crafted, organizing to done, opposition to ... Read More

News Briefs

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First POST: Stalking

How the DEA tracks millions of America motorists; will the Senate enter the 21st century?; Obama veteran Jeremy Bird's role in the upcoming Israeli election; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Video Stars

How the White House hit a home run on YouTube post-State of the Union; why the Barrett Brown sentencing casts a chill on online security research; how media producers use Crowdtangle to optimize their Facebook audiences; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Moneyballed

The Gates Foundation's new "global citizens" email database, and why it's a terrible idea; why young people like the NSA more than older people; using open data about NYC taxi drivers to ID Muslims; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Monkeying

Net neutrality proponents call foul on the GOP's plans; StandUnited.com seeks to be the right's Change.org; tons of civic tech news from mySociety, Chicago and Civic Hall in NYC; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Punch List

Obama's State of the Union and the Internet; how HealthCare.gov shares personal data with third-parties; Facebook says it will give users tools to tag false or hoax content in their News Feeds; and much, much more. GO

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