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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's Former Digital Campaign Director Joins Obama Campaign

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 20 2012

Ryan Alexander, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's former digital campaign director, has joined President Obama's digital campaign team in its Chicago headquarters.

Details on his new position are sketchy, but his experience in Barrett's campaign to challenge Republican Governor Scott Walker during the recall election earlier this year in Wisconsin might help the campaign to better organize itself in the swing state.

Alexander participated in a panel discussion about the outcome of the recall election at this year's Personal Democracy Forum, where he said that Barrett's message suffered from being defined by Walker's campaign on television months before Walker was able to fight back.

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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"

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