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Vote For Teachout-Wu

BY Micah L. Sifry and Andrew Rasiej | Tuesday, September 2 2014

Tim Wu and Zephyr Teachout, selfie-style

Today we are throwing our wholehearted support behind Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, who are challenging sitting governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Rep. Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary next Tuesday September 9th. Here's why... Read More

First POST: Saving Face

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, June 2 2014

The NSA's facial recognition data collection program; why to keep an eye on the Email Privacy Act; Zephyr Teachout and her battle with NY Governor Andrew Cuomo; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Rumblings

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 30 2014

Edward Snowden and the NSA duke it out; Google pushed for improvements in the USA Freedom Act; tech moguls come out as backers of Lawrence Lessig's SuperPAC; and much, much more Read More

What Howard Dean Sees in the Future of People-Powered Politics

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, June 20 2013

Former Vermont Governor and Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean. Photo: Steve Bott / Flickr

Never mind fear of growing government surveillance or anger at a dysfunctional Congress, progressive Democrats. Howard Dean, the former Democratic presidential hopeful and architect of the "50-state strategy", told a roomful of progressives Wednesday night that the left has plenty of reason for optimism. At Netroots Nation, what you might call the premier gathering of the amateur or semi-pro left, there will surely be more celebration. But as Dean celebrates the 10-year anniversary of his people-powered campaign, the netroots have cause for worry, too. Read More

Former Dean Webmaster Mele: Not Too Late For National Dem to Primary Obama

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, July 1 2011

This past Wednesday afternoon, during a panel discussion on social media and the 2012 elections at The Century Foundation in New York City, Nicco Mele, a lecturer at Harvard University who was Howard Dean's webmaster and ... Read More

Crowdsourcing the Apocalypse

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 16 2010

You know what Howard Dean and Sarah Palin have in common? Both, finds the New York Times Magazine's Matt Bai, are crowd-sourced candidates who, finding themselves "buffeted in a digital storm of emotion," ... Read More

"The Establishment is Dead; Long Live the Establishment!"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 21 2010

David Paul Kuhn has a somewhat hyperbolic post up on Real Clear Politics today that is well worth reading. Titled "R.I.P. Political Establishment," the post argues that the rise of the Tea Party movement--epitomized by ... Read More

Daily Digest: McCain's Grassroots Moment

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, January 8 2009

"My Friend...": Presidential silver medalist John McCain jumped back into the political fray yesterday with the launch of a "grassroots organization" called Country First. The Arizona senator is ... Read More

Paradigm Shiftlessness in 2008

BY Luigi Montanez | Wednesday, July 30 2008

Looking back at the past 18 months, what’s remarkable about the 2008 campaign is how unremarkable it’s actually been when it comes to the use of the Internet. While Patrick Ruffini earlier argued that Barack ... Read More