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Pew Survey Highlights Online Voter Registration Benefits and Lessons

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 9 2014

A new brief by the Pew Charitable Trusts based on a survey of thirteen states that have implemented online voter registration finds that the practice has reduced costs, improved the accuracy of voter rolls and the registration experience. Read More

First POST: Privatization

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 2 2013

The latest ups and downs of HealthCare.gov; PandoDaily.com absurdly accuses Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras of "privatizing" the Snowden Files; and will robot watchmen and drone deliveries be coming to your neighborhood soon? Read More

First POST: Profanity

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 31 2013

The Washington Post exposes the NSA's hacking of Google and Yahoo; the US promises, yet again, to overhaul its FOIA administration; the states start to pass their own new privacy laws; and much, much more. Read More

New Organizing Institute to Move from Collecting Election Data to Organizing Election Officials

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, June 18 2013

The New Organizing Institute, a progressive nonprofit that trains campaigners and is no led by former Obama for America data director Ethan Roeder, is launching a new initiative next week aiming to "fix that" for local elections. NOI will announce a national network where local election administration officials can congregate to share solutions to common issues. It's a transition for a team at NOI that had previously been managing the Voting Information Project, which collects data on polling places, election districts and voter registration deadlines and prepares it for third parties in machine-readable format. In the 2012 election cycle, backed by the Pew Charitable Trusts and partnered with Google, VIP made information available in all 50 states. Read More

How Different Are Twitter Users From Average Americans?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 5 2013

NodeXL graph of a Twitter conversation. Flickr/Marc Smith

A Pew Research Center study confirms what everyone suspected: People who use Twitter to share their opinions don't reflect the general public's opinion as a whole. Read More

Second Amendment Grassroots Advocates Are More Politically Active Than Their Gun Control Peers

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, January 18 2013

Photo: Courtesy Firearms Policy Coalition

Gun control advocates may be grabbing the headlines, but gun-owning grassroots types are more politically engaged, according to survey data. What's more, a look at the online contact-Congress platform PopVox suggests ... Read More

Newtown Shooting Sparked a Gun Control Debate Online When Other Shootings Did Not

BY Sam Roudman | Friday, December 21 2012

The Pew Research Center’s Project on Excellence in Journalism says in a report released Thursday that gun control legislation is being discussed on social media in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings with far greater frequency than it was in the wake of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, or the shooting in Tucson that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Voting Rights Coalition Arms Voters With Election Protection App

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, August 9 2012

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has created a "Map of Shame," illustrating states with new voter ID laws.

Galvanized by the slew of Voter ID laws that state legislatures have enacted around the country, a coalition of non-profits launched a new election protection app for smartphones Thursday with the goal of arming voters with current information about their polling places, their rights, and access to help if they're experiencing problems getting to the ballot box.

Barbara Arnwine, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's executive director, called the app "a critical tool in this fight against voter suppression."

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Young Adults Were Fixated On Fight Over Anti-Piracy Legislation, Pew Says

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 24 2012

The Pew Research Center on People & the Press notes today that young adults followed the battle over the Stop Online Piracy Act more closely than any other news story, according to new survey results. A survey conducted Jan. 19-22 among 1,002 adults by the Pew center found that while 26 percent of all respondents were interested in news about a cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy and only 7 percent were interested in online piracy legislation, the figures were drastically different for adults age 18-29. Read More

Politics is Mobile, According to New Pew Report

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, December 23 2010

As much as 26 percent of the adult American population may have engaged with the midterm elections using their mobile phone, according to a study released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Online ... Read More