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First POST: AmBushed

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 18 2015

How Jeb Bush makes the most of his PACs; why blog traffic is down; how open mapping platforms use open government data; and much, much more. Read More

Newt Gingrich Still Owes People Who Helped Him Raise His Money

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 2 2012

According to Federal Election Commission filings, Newt Gingrich ended the month of April with $4.3 million in outstanding debt — some of it, ironically, to the company that likely helped him raise a good chunk of his campaign haul. Gingrich owed over $134,000 to CMDI, filings show, a company that among other things has a hefty chunk of market share in online payment processing and compliance software for high-level Republican campaigns. Those weren't his only tech-related debts. Read More

Who's Using Newt's Email List? Gingrich Supporters Get Email Pitch

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, April 18 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has suffered many indignities and blows in his now long-shot quest for the Republican presidential nomination. He's even been attacked by a penguin.

Now, his name — and email list — is being used by an identity-theft protection service with a checkered past.

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First POST: All Shook Up

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, March 22 2012

Photo: Flickr/DonkeyHotey

Today's news: A round-up of reactions to Romney Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's comment about campaigns being like Etch-A-Sketch; Nielsen shares its findings about the demographics of the presidential candidates' online audience; a look at Harry Potter activism; more on Kony 2012; and New York City wants to run its own TLD. Read More

Republican National Committee Uses #ObamaonEmpty To Fuel Attacks On Obama's Energy Policy

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 15 2012

Republicans accelerated their rhetorical assaults against President Obama on Thursday, hitting him hard in speeches and online over gas prices as those prices rise, and Obama’s poll numbers go down. The Republican ... Read More

Newt's New Online Ad

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, March 7 2012

Newt Gingrich is celebrating his win in Georgia today with an online ad through Google that announces "Newt Wins Georgia - Keep the Momentum Going - Donate Today."

But as Gingrich continues with his campaign, he seems to still be struggling with keeping parts of his website online on election days.

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NewtCam Allows Viewers To See Newt Gingrich In His Natural Habitat

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, February 23 2012

Follow the Newt

There's no doubt that the former Speaker of the House is a formidable speaker, and that he's most comfortable while at the lectern sharing his policy positions and charming an audience. So in a smart move, Newt Gingrich's online campaign staff in recent months have started live streaming campaign trail appearances by the Republican presidential candidate through his Facebook page. Read More

Did Newt Gingrich Lose Florida for Want of a Better API?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 2 2012

Slate's Sasha Issenberg has a great story outlining one narrative about Newt Gingrich's loss in Florida: He inspired a group of tech-savvy volunteers, but gave them no way to plug in to the campaign. Read More

Gingrich Savvy On Facebook, Says Company's Political Team

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, December 12 2011

Current Republican presidential race frontrunner Newt Gingrich's Facebook's page is "a great example of providing many ways for supporters to get involved," according to Facebook's political team. Read More

Newt Gingrich's Google Ad Buy Jumps the Cain Train

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, December 1 2011

Politico's Morning Score notes that Newt Gingrich is running ads on web searches for news about Herman Cain in Iowa and New Hampshire with the message "Support the Candidate that can win." In terms of web searches, that ... Read More

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Mark Pesce on "Hypercivility" at @CivicHall

A week ago, digital ethnologist Mark Pesce gave a talk here at Civic Hall on the topic of "Hypercivility." As you will see from watching the video, it's an extension of years of research and thinking he has done on the effects of hyperconnectivity on our world. Be forewarned, this is not an "easy" talk to watch or digest. While Pesce definitely has our social-media-powered "Age of Outrage" on his mind, he grounds his talk in a much more serious place: post-genocide Rwanda, which he recently visited. GO

First POST: Impossibles

The FCC vote; a proxy Democratic primary battle in Chicago; Gov Andrew Cuomo begins deleting all state employee emails more than 90 days old; men talking about women in tech; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Off the Books

Chicago's "black site"; The New York Times reports "little guys" like Tumblr and Reddit have won the fight for net neutrality but fails to mention Free Press or Demand Progress; Hillary Clinton fan products on Etsy to inspire campaign slogans?; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Challenges

How Silicon Valley donors are thinking about Hillary Clinton 2016; Yahoo's security chief locks horns with the head of the NSA; Instagram location data catches a Congressman with his hand in the till; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Bows

CitizenFour wins best doc; Ken Silverstein resigned from First Look Media and took to Facebook to vent; why we need more Congressional staffers; who profits from the net neutrality debate; banning PowerPoint presentations; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Sim Pickings

Using stolen encryption keys, the NSA and GCHQ can intercept and decrypt communications between billions of phones without notifying the service provider, foreign governments or users; get to know Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks editor who helped Snowden gain asylum in Russia; a profile of the Fight for the Future leaders; how the new wave of black community organizing is not hashtag activism; and much, much more. GO

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