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First POST: On the Home Front

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 16 2014

The home page is dead, long live the link!; the net neutrality fight's next chapter; why 2016 presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan may have some domain name problems; and much, much more Read More Enables Elected Leaders To Respond To Petitions

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, October 23 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is one of the early adopters of's new petition response feature moved on Wednesday to change the tenor of public conversation between U.S. politicians and their constituents. The company, which is the global leader in the booming market for online petitioning tools, ... Read More

First POST: Corrosion

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, August 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Two encrypted e-mail providers go down; Mitch McConnell's alliance with the Tea Party gets messy; charity: water gets its 15 minutes of fame; and much, much more. Read More

In Colorado, ProgressNow is Trying To Recreate That Map-Changing Political Magic

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, October 29 2012

ProgressNow Colorado is sharing images like this on Facebook to remind liberals to vote Image: ProgressNow

Liberal group ProgressNow, which has worked to build political power for the left in Colorado over the past decade by mobilizing activists online and offline with new media tools, launched a new Facebook campaign over the weekend with the cheeky URL: "Voteorstfu." Read More

How People in Brooklyn "Dual-Screened" the Vice Presidential Debate

BY Nick Judd | Friday, October 12 2012

Someone threw tomatoes at Joe Biden last night. The ruby fruit wasn't real — it was a digital missile lobbed through Tomatovision, an extracurricular project by a team from Huffington Post Labs. Over two weekends, the crew built a website to host a live video stream of the debate, along with the option to launch up to three virtual tomatoes in response to any line the viewer dislikes. A mobile application and mobile website offer the chance to control the tomatoes remotely while watching a bigger screen. Whenever any user, anywhere, threw a tomato, everyone tuned in to saw it land — creating, in a goofy way, a new community around the debate for the small contingent of mostly younger people who are experiencing these events across two screens. Read More

How an Online Community Jogged Paul Ryan's Memory About His Marathon Time

BY David Parry | Thursday, September 6 2012

Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr

The Paul Ryan marathon story hits the trifecta of interests for me: politics, the Internet, and running. Appealing both to my academic interests and my personal obsession I have followed this story with perhaps at times too much focus, reading all the reactions, analysis, and even comment streams and discussion boards. But beyond the question of "what does it mean" that Ryan lied about (misremembered?) his marathon time is an important story about how politics changes with an Internet enabled public, and equally as important a lesson about both the potential and current limitations of this kind of Internet enabled political engagement. Read More

A Former White House Videographer Critiques Paul Ryan's Way with the Camera

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 22 2012

Buried at the end of Nancy Scola's really quite good take on former White House videographer Arun Chaudhary's book and his work as the first-ever full-time cameraman to the President of the United States is Chaudhary's take on that other famously charismatic guy in this election, congressman and vice-presidential selection Paul Ryan. Read More

For Members of Congress, Ryan's VP Nomination Raises a Tweet Dilemma

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 16 2012

Various tweets by House members reacting to Rep. Paul Ryan's selection as the Republican vice presidential nominee may have violated Congressional rules, the Sunlight Foundation* reports. Read More

In Silicon Valley and Among Online Activists, Strong Response to Paul Ryan as VP Nominee

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, August 14 2012

A few members of Silicon Valley's relatively small coterie of Mitt Romney supporters cheered the GOP presidential candidate on Monday for choosing House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee, saying that they appreciate the appointment of a man focused on the nation's balance sheet. Meanwhile, activists on both sides of the aisle online are gearing up to make Ryan's brand of fiscal conservatism a centerpiece of the rest of the election season. Read More

Wikipedia Was Prophetic, Sort Of, If You Roll Back the Tape on Ryan VP Pick

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 13 2012

We now know that Mitt Romney offered Paul Ryan the VP slot on Sunday August 5th. Which means that as of Monday August 6th, when I noted the recent Wikipedia edits might offer a clue to Romney's intentions, my suggestion that Ryan was the one to bet on was, ahem, prescient. Or just lucky. Read More