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Tripping the Switch from Organizing for America to OFA '12

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 2 2011

Politico's Ben Smith details the reconversion of Organizing for America into the online army of the Obama '12 presidential campaign: President Obama ’s aides have quietly turned the key in the engine of the massive ... Read More

Rep. DeLauro Signs Change.org's Call for Clinton to Condemn China DDoS Attacks

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 26 2011

Change.org, the increasingly high-profile political petitioning site, has really banging pots around the story that its systems are being targeted by "Chinese hackers" angered by the more than hundred thousand ... Read More

Avaaz vs. Murdoch

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

The Guardian's Ed Pilkington profiles "Internet campaigner" Avaaz's on-going "Stop Rupert Murdoch" campaign in the UK. The campaign is centered around a letter to British leaders: "At this time ... Read More

Republicans Find Digital Motivation in Obama '08

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

Having gotten a drubbing in 2008, Republicans have ramped up their digital game, reports the New York Times Jen Preston: What Republicans recognized after Senator John McCain’s bruising defeat in 2008 is that Mr. ... Read More

Palin Upgrades SarahPAC Site

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

Politico's Andy Barr reports: Sarah Palin rolled out a new website for her PAC on Monday with significantly more content and features, along with a vehicle for Palin to start gathering email addresses and information ... Read More

MoveOn Tests Open Petition Platform

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

Now in beta is MoveOn do-it-yourself online petition tool. Meet SignOn. It's being used in Maine to demand the creation of a recall process, for one thing, but according to the site's FAQ, the use of SignOn isn't limited ... Read More

The One Where Greenpeace Claims a World Record By Getting People to Comment on Facebook Ditching Coal

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 15 2011

Photo credit: Kim White/Greenpeace Greenpeace is claiming a Guinness World Record in the 'most Facebook comments in a 24-hour period' with its "Unfriend Coal" campaign directed at the company, an effort that ... Read More

Axelrod Previews a Seriously Upgraded Obama '12 Digital Operation

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 15 2011

Team Obama has plans in the works to raise the bar it set online in '08, reports Politico's Mike Allen: President Barack Obama’s fledgling reelection campaign is building a volunteer network with the audacious ... Read More

MoveOn and Moby Want You to Stop Eating Because of the Budget

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 13 2011

MoveOn is conducting a "rolling fast to protest the immoral budget cuts Republicans are pushing in Washington." They say 30,000 people are participating. Moby made a video. Discuss. Read More

A Look at Your Nuclear Neighborhood

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 30 2011

Greenpeace's Nuclear Power Plant Locator Map showing reactors near Boston, MA. Greenpeace has rolled out an improved version of its Nuclear Plant Locator Map; punch in your address, and out pops a listing of the ... Read More

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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"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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