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Obama's Networks and the Stimulus

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 28 2009

If you stop by our part of the Internet often, you'll know that here on techPres we've been interestedly tracking what would become of the energy, momentum, and -- perhaps most importantly -- the networks of people that ... Read More

Daily Digest: Working to Catch the Presidential Ear

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 6 2008

"Congratulations! Now, Hear Me Out on...": Let's hope President-elect Barack Obama had a restful Tuesday night, because it's about the only time in the next two and a half months that he won't have someone ... Read More

Obama Across America: Seeing the Big Picture

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 15 2008

With the election 20 days away, both major presidential campaigns are focusing more of their energies on the "ground game" of galvanizing their volunteer base and getting out the vote. Both campaigns' websites make it ... Read More

FAIL: Wave Rises on the Web Against Wall St. Bailout

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 23 2008

Building on yesterday's post about the scattered but telling signs of public opposition to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's $700 billion Wall Street bailout proposal, here's an update on what's been bubbling today. ... Read More

Ralphie Want a Cracker?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 16 2008

This video of Ralph Nader in a soliloquy with a parrot is just too good to pass up. Read More

Ralphie Want a Cracker?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 16 2008

This video of Ralph Nader in a soliloquy with a parrot is just too good to pass up. It was filmed in Salt Lake City, UT, while Nader was visiting Rocky Anderson, the city's former Mayor. Nader discusses the lack of ... Read More

Daily Digest: Bring Your Spam to the "Astroturf" Picnic

BY Joshua Sherman | Friday, August 8 2008

New vs. Traditional media is apples and oranges, Cybersecurity advice for the next President, DNC responds to "Democrats Praising McCain" ad, McCain offers prizes to spammers and realizes his recent YouTube dominance, ... Read More

Is this the first viral video of the 2008 Presidential elections?

BY Liza Sabater | Wednesday, June 11 2008

I believe "I Am Voting Republican" marks the official beginning of the 2008 Presidential Elections. Read More

Hillary Tries Grassroots Budgeting

BY Patrick Ruffini | Friday, April 4 2008

Hillary Clinton's MyPA won't change the way the campaign spends money in Pennyslvania, but it's a neat idea nonetheless. Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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