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In Pivot to General, Romney Campaign Seeking to Build Out Digital Staff

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 10 2012

Mitt Romney. Photo: Austen Hufford

For Personal Democracy Plus subscribers:The Romney campaign is advertising technology-related jobs on Mashable. (via @adamostrow)

Romney digital director Zac Moffatt says a robust internal tech staff is the new normal for presidential campaigns, but those positions weren't a priority during primary season.

"This is what people are doing online in 2012," he told techPresident Thursday morning. "This is the team that we need to build to be successful."

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Nathaniel Parks to Field Works

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 20 2012

Joining yesterday's moves: Nathaniel Parks, a voter-file pro who had previously worked at Catalist and Voter Link, is now a partner at Field Works, a firm that does field management and volunteer/voter identification for Democrats and left-leaning organizations like AFSCME, EMILY'S List and others. Read More

Josh Hendler Goes to Hill+Knowlton

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 18 2012

Josh Hendler, once director of technology for the Democratic National Committee, has joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as Global Chief Technology Officer. Hendler started Jan. 9 and reports to notable Democratic online ad man Andrew Bleeker, the company announced today. Bleeker is global director of the firm's digital practice. Hendler was last at Jumo, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes' social nonprofit that hoped to connect nonprofits with potential donors and volunteers. GOOD Magazine acquired the nascent organization last year. Read More

Want to Do Digital for the Democratic National Convention? You'd Better Know Friendster

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 30 2011

Here's one line from the requirements listed in a job posting the Democratic National Convention Committee appears to be circulating, as seen on grassroots action website Democratic Gain, for a deputy director of ... Read More

Major Dem Software Firm Gets New Digital Services Head

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 22 2011

NGP VAN, the purveyor of fundraising software and get-out-the-vote tech for Democratic campaigns and causes, announced today that former Treasury Department digital staffer Mike Liddell will be joining them as head of ... Read More

Tim Tagaris is Leaving His Post As SEIU's Internet Director

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 15 2011

Tim Tagaris during Ned Lamont's 2006 U.S. Senate run. Photo: Matt Stoller / Flickr Tim Tagaris, the former Internet director for onetime presidential hopeful Chris Dodd and for Ned Lamont's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign, ... Read More

Google Picks Former Bush Staffer As Envoy to Republicans

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 14 2011

A former spokesman for President George W. Bush will run outreach to Republican campaigns on Google's behalf, Politico and The Hill's Hillicon Valley report today. Rob Saliterman, who served as communications director ... Read More

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.

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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.

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The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.

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Transparency and Public Shaming: Pakistan Tackles Tax Evasion

In Pakistan, where only one in 200 citizens files their income tax return, authorities published a directory of taxpayers' details for the first time. Officials explained the decision as an attempt to shame defaulters into paying up.

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Facebook Seeks Approval as Financial Service in Ireland. Is the Developing World Next?

On April 13 the Financial Times reported that Facebook is only weeks away from being approved as a financial service in Ireland. Is this foray into e-money motivated by Facebook's desire to conquer the developing world before other corporate Internet giants do? Maybe.

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The Rise and Fall of Iran's “Blogestan”

The robust community of Iranian bloggers—sometimes nicknamed “Blogestan”—has shrunk since its heyday between 2002 – 2010. “Whither Blogestan,” a recent report from the University of Pennsylvania's Iran Media Program sought to find out how and why. The researchers performed a web crawling analysis of Blogestan, survey 165 Persian blog users, and conducted 20 interviews with influential bloggers in the Persian community. They found multiple causes of the decline in blogging, including increased social media use and interference from authorities.

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