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BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, April 24 2012

Cabinet War Room used by Winston Churchill during World War II. Photo: Roger Wollstadt


  • ABC News/Yahoo News and the BBC got a look inside the Republican National Committee's and the Obama campaign's war room, respectively. ABC News' take:

    Attack plans are hatched daily in a morning meeting, where a team headed by RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer constantly maps and monitors every move of the president and his surrogates. In the 'war room,' a group of young workers are practically glued to their computer screens, waiting to catch the next Hilary Rosen moment. 'We - 24/7 - monitor print news, online news, TV, radio, Twitter, Facebook,' said Spicer. 'We try to capture everything that's going on in real time so that we know what's happening ... and we're able to respond within seconds.' 'Definitely, I can say at one time or another, everyone in this room has caught something,' said Mike Danylak, Director of the War Room (and yes, that is his official title).

  • The Newt Gingrich campaign has created a microsite with an Obama 2012-esque website theme titled "Obama's Failures."

  • The Daily looked at Mitt Romney and Ann Romney's favorite iPad applications.

  • The New York Times small business blog followed up with the owner of the bakery at the center of "Cookiegate."

  • ICYMI, Politico took a look at Mitt Romney's stance on Internet policies that would be of interest to Silicon Valley backers.

  • Online advertising firm Moat has raised $12 million to continue its efforts in online ad analytics. Adweek notes:

    As it exists now, Moat is also a handy tool for journalists who might be interested in tracking the increasingly shrewd ad political placements and the company has even garnered some attention inside the beltway. Using Moat, just about anyone from corporations to wily reporters can see specific ad campaigns and the times and websites where they are appearing. But going forward, Moat's tool suite could prove enormously useful for both the Obama and Romney camps as the general election season heats up and both sides begin to obsess over painstakingly tailored and targeted impressions to woo voters to their side.

  • A judge has ruled that Twitter can hand over data on the activity of an Occupy Wall Street protester to Manhattan prosecutors.

What will decide the election

CISPA, the DATA Act, and digital surveillance tech

Around the web

  • Photoshelter spoke with New York Times Social Media Editor Alexis Mainland about the news organization's approach to posting on and incorporating content from social media sites.

  • Filmmakers who participated in a White House video contest on the Asian-American experience say the selection process for the winners was unclear, and think they were shut out because they focused on the more controversial topic of Cambodian deportees, the L.A. Times reported.

  • Wireless providers are opposed to a proposed California law that would require police to obtain a warrant to track customers' locations, CNET reported.

  • The ACLU has launched a blog "dedicated to protecting civil liberties in the digital age."

  • The Tablet explores the existence of Josef Stalin, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler-themed iPhone applications that have so far not been flagged by Apple.

  • Negotiations over what will happen with Megaupload's data will begin on April 26.

Around the world

  • In a blog post that also cites Megaupload, content industry- and union-backed group Creative America cites a report in the El Paso Times that links the pirating of CDs and DVDs with Mexican drug cartels.

  • Evgeny Morozov writes that even though they both profess to believe in Internet freedom, both Anonymous and its supporters and the State Department also pose threats to that ideal.

  • With the military already relying on private contractors to handle its increased demand for bandwidth from satellite surveillance, the military is also looking to have commercial satellites host its communications equipment.

  • Volunteers in San Francisco developed an iPad application that tracks all the city's buses in real-time, but the Municipal Transportation Agency doesn't have the funds to buy the iPads to run the program, and the city isn't willing to spend $100,000 to run a pilot program.

  • Southern California's local NBC station aims to live-tweet in real time the events of the Los Angeles Riots as part of its 20th anniversary coverage of the events.

  • Harvard Library’s Faculty Advisory Council recommends that faculty and students increasingly adopt and promote "open access" publishing, citing the rising costs of traditional journal subscriptions.

  • Facebook Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein is expected to participate in a White House Council on Women and Girls panel focused on women in science fields, an event that will be streamed live on Facebook.

  • The British Royal Family has put an archive from the reign of Queen Victoria online.

  • Iran disconnected key oil facilities after what appeared to be malware attack, the BBC and other news outlets reported.

  • The Palestinian Authority has begun instructing Internet service providers to block news websites that are critical of President Mahmoud Abbas, according to the Ma'an News News Agency.

  • The leader of a newly formed conservative party in Greece credits social media for the party's success:

    The Independent Greeks, which polls indicate could hope for third place in the election, are riding a wave of discontent over severe wage cuts and record unemployment - as are several other new parties. But Kammenos says an adept use of social media has given him an edge over the competitors. He tweets and blogs with citizens four hours a day and regularly checked the tablet on his desk during the interview."The Independent Greeks began on Facebook," he said. "Without social media it would have taken me years. Maybe it would have never happened." He has Greek pop-star status with 67,000 "likes" on his Facebook site, compared with barely 12,000 for New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras and a mere 5,000 for Evangelos Venizelos, leader of the Socialist PASOK party who negotiated the bailout.


  • An opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez criticized the leader's recent reliance on Twitter:

    Capriles, a youthful state governor who is the opposition's "unity candidate" to face Chavez, sharply criticized the all-dominant leader for not doing his job properly."Governing by Twitter, approving laws by Twitter without consulting anybody, is an insult to our people. The country's problems cannot be resolved by Twitter," Capriles said.

  • British media regulators have begun investigating Sky News, partly owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, for email hacking. Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch are expected to testify in front of the British Leveson media inquiry this week.

  • Der Spiegel spoke with the head of GEMA, Germany's performance rights organization, about the recent court case involving YouTube as GigaOm also analyzed the ramifications of the case..

  • A leader of the Pirate Party in Berlin has apologized for comments in which he stated that the party was growing as fast as the NSDAP, the party of Adolf Hitler, and will not run for any national party position.

  • Half of German companies have been the victim of corporate espionage, according to a study.