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First POST: Message Machines

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, August 20 2012

The "Lame" campaign

  • According to one new analysis of campaign coverage, three surrogates for the two presidential campaigns are quoted far more than any others. More disturbingly for media observers, the fourth "most quoted" source this year is the anonymous campaign statement or unnamed official. Who are those three? And what does the lack of accountability mean for the election cycle? techPresident has more.

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Watching the needle move

  • In an interview released Sunday, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful and current congressman Todd Akin said in the case of "legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down —" driving a flurry of conversation online. Nate Silver tweeted, "Is it possible to win a Senate race with 0% of the women's vote? Asking for a friend." Democrats also began promoting a petition asking him to be removed from the House Science committee. Akin posted a response on Facebook and Twitter.

Romney campaign touts a VP bump

  • The Romney campaign released a memo Friday detailing how the week following Paul Ryan's selection had played out online. Among the details: Over 124,800 online donations had raised $10,157,947, with an average donation of $81, and 68 percent were new donors. The Romney campaign had received site traffic of 2,000,000 visitors in that week with 1,560,000 hits from desktops and 440,000 from mobile devices. The Romney Facebook page received an additional 500,000 likes for a total of 4,360,000, and the Romney Twitter account received 54,000 followers for a total of 861,000. The Paul Ryan VP Facebook and Twitter accounts gained 860,000 and 118,500 likes and followers respectively. The campaign also said that over 45,000 volunteers signed up online.

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Germany Releases Open Data Action Plan Amidst Grassroots Enthusiasm and Pirate Party Turmoil

The German government on Wednesday unveiled its open data action plan to implement the open data charter established by the G8, now G7, countries. But while German open government advocates welcomed its release, for them it does not go far enough. Even as the open data movement is taking new hold in Germany on the local level with encouragement from the new Code for Germany effort, in the national Pirate Party, the supposed German net party, internal leadership disputes are overshadowing its digital agenda. GO

friday >

First POST: Scotched

Why conservatives should back net neutrality; how big data may damage civil rights; the ways Silicon Valley start-ups are exploiting freelance workers; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Resets

Apple's new iOS8 promises greater user privacy; Occupy Wall Street three years later; how tech may tilt the Scotland independence vote; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Connecting the Dots

Take Back the Tech grades Facebook, Twitter, et al, on transparency; MayDay PAC founder Lawrence Lessig talks about getting matched funds; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Splits

USA Freedom Act divides Internet activists; Julian Assange's Reddit "Ask Me Anything"; New York's pro-net-neutrality protest; and much, much more GO

monday >

After Election Loss, Teachout and Wu Keep Up Net Neutrality and Anti-Comcast Merger Campaign

The Teachout/Wu campaign may have lost, but their pro net-neutrality campaign continued Monday as both former candidates participated in a rallly in New York City marking the final day to comment on the Federal Communications Commission's Internet proposals and kept up their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo. GO

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