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Interview: Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Blue State Digital Partner, on Being Acquired by Global Giant WPP

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 30 2010

Blue State Digital, the firm that gained notice for its role in in the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, announced today that it had been fully aquired by global communications giant WPP. Read More

New Online Director for Lessig and Trippi's Election Reform Group

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 3 2010

A bit of industry staffing news: Larry Lessig announced this morning that Fix Congress First has settled on a "social media maven" to head up the project's online campaigns. Read More

Political Software Giants Battle Over Data Use, Branding

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 29 2010

The messy back-and-forth between two well-known DC-based political software firms, NGP and Aristotle, has reached at least one point of resolution. According to a press release being mailed around by the latter firm, the ... Read More

Three Dem Web Firms Become One

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 11 2010

Three well-established online strategy firms that work with Democrats and progressive groups -- Articulated Man, Blackrock, and Mayfield Strategy -- have announced that they're joining forces to become Trilogy ... Read More

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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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