Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

The Tech Arms Race Is On: Democratic National Committee Is Also Hiring

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, March 15 2013

The Republicans aren't the only ones looking for tech talent. The Democrats are too.

The Democratic National Committee is hiring a new tech team, to be directed by the DNC's Technology Director Bryan Whitaker. An e-mail sent out to Democrats says that the DNC is looking for a software engineer, an analytics engineer, and a front-end developer. The DNC's Web site says that the committee is also looking for a digital content manager.

"We run one of the most innovative political operations the world has ever seen, and we're going to build on that work over the coming months and years," Whitaker writes in his e-mail note. "In order to do that, we're going to need to add a few talented people -- and not just people with experience working in politics."

The Web listings for the digital content manager and analytics engineer ask for the expected applicable skills, but whoever applies for the software engineer position shouldn't be an egomaniac.

"You have no ego about your work -- you take pride in outcomes, but aren't defensive about your code," says the help wanted ad. Also: "You disdain meetings for meetings' sake -- catching up on IRC is much preferred."

The DNC recently renewed its contract with the party's voter file management vendor NGP VAN: They're obviously not sitting around on their hands waiting for the Republicans to catch up.

News Briefs

RSS Feed wednesday >

New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

GO

More