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BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, June 9 2014

Hillary Clinton's emerging presidential campaign; the Reset the Net campaign gains traction; why buying fake Twitter followers may work; and much, much more. Read More

How "Big Data" And Behavioral Science Powered Progressive Groups in 2012

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Saturday, November 10 2012

An October canvas in Richmond, ViA. Photo: Flickr/AFL-CIO

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The Obama campaign wasn't the only center of data-driven, technology-enabled field work on the left. Groups like MoveOn and the AFL-CIO's super PAC, Worker's Voice, also used the Internet to leverage their understanding of behavioral psychology and user-generated content into a massively scaled persuasion and get-out-the-vote effort. Read More

Wikipocrisy

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 24 2011

When is an experiment in bottom-up politics not quite an experiment in bottom-up politics? Over on Daily Kos, Jed Lewison points out that the Karl Rove-led Crossroads GPS's new Wikicountability, rather un-wiki-like, ... Read More

Crossroads GPS Aims to Wiki Obama's FOIA

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

Looks like Crossroads GPS, the offshoot of American Crossroads associated with Karl Rove, isn't satisfied with the Justice Department's brand-new FOIA.gov clearinghouse. Meet Wikicountability: Wikicountability is a ... Read More

John Kerry's Even Worse Sequel

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 29 2010

Perhaps it's unfair to pick on John Kerry, but the emails his sends to his list are always such mind-expanding demonstrations of the creative use of the English language. This morning's delight: "Karl Rove is back ... Read More

The Things You Can (and Can't) Do with a White House Email List

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 22 2010

On ABC's This Week this weekend, former Bush White House official Karl Rove criticized the Obama White House for the alleged deed of having "sent out unsolicited e-mails to federal employees asking them to contact ... Read More

Swiftboating the Stimulus: Did the Internet Really Kill "Rovian" Politics?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 19 2010

A year and a half ago, a few weeks before the presidential election, Google CEO Eric Schmidt made a bold claim about the impact of the internet on our public life: "We are witnessing the end of Rovian politics," he Read More

The Crowd-Scouring of the Presidency (and the End of Rovian Politics?)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 21 2008

Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, who just endorsed Barack Obama, tells Arianna Huffington, another Obama supporter, that "We are witnessing the end of Rovian politics," thanks to the internet and tools like YouTube. And ... Read More

Networks of Voters

BY Editors | Saturday, July 12 2008

Karl Rove and I do not agree on much. Yet, his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal does provide an opportunity for overlap, and an affirmation that all politics is local... and social. Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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