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For Millennials, Institutions Are Out, Selfies, Social Networks and Diversity Are In

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, March 7 2014

These politicians and Chicago students know what a selfie is. (Twitter/dailyedwardian)

A Pew survey released Friday highlights that young Americans are noticeably detached from traditional institutions such as political parties, organized religion and marriage even as they are increasingly connected with their peers through online social networks. Read More

Obama Campaign's Former Digital Analytics Director Wants To Moneyball Your Campaign

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, January 16 2013

President Obama's former campaign director of digital analytics Amelia Showalter launched a new consulting company in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. She hopes to deploy the skills she developed on the virtual trail to others ... Read More

Democrats Hope To Outorganize Republicans In GOTV Smartphone War

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 5 2012

As expected, President Obama's campaign will also rely on a smartphone system to enable volunteers to monitor who's showing up at the polls in battleground states. Read More

New YouTube Horror Video Parodies Obama Campaign's Data Mining Prowess

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 5 2012

As our publisher Andrew Rasiej told ace political reporter Josh Richman of the San Jose Mercury News recently: "If the tech story of the 2008 election was social media, the tech story of 2012 is Big Data." So the time ... Read More

Romney Campaign Will Use Smartphones To Track Voter Turnout

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, October 31 2012

Tracking voters: The Romney campaign is asking smartphone-wielding volunteers to track the vote on election day.

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is aiming to train 20,000 volunteers to monitor polls using a smartphone application. The app appears to allow those monitors to note it on their phones in real-time as monitors see voters arrive at the polls. An instruction manual shows that the app will also enable those monitors to update party headquarters on turnout levels and report any potential problems or legal issues. Read More

Obama Campaign Maps Policy Impact On Local Economies

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, October 5 2012

President Obama's re-election tech team has applied the aphorism 'all politics is local' to the Web. Earlier this week, the campaign rolled out a new online map that enables Web surfers to enter their zip codes to ... Read More

Website Yes, Legal Status, No: "No Papers, No Fear" Hopes to Build a Movement for Undocumented Immigrants

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, August 31 2012

One of the riders of the Undocubus facing down a policeman. Photo courtesy of No Papers, No Fear

Under President Obama, 1.4 million people have been deported as of July, according to figures from Homeland Security's Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Obama has said that his administration is focused on deporting criminals and "dangerous" illegal immigrants. Obama also announced a new policy in June that defers deportation proceedings against undocumented immigrants who are under 31, came here before the age of 16, who have lived in the United States for at least five years, are in school (or have a certificate proving that they had a high school education) and don't have a criminal record. But even for those immigrants who arrived here while they were still children, the policy is a reprieve, not a pardon. Seizing on a wave of public support that seemed to begin to crest last year, when former Washington Post and Huffington Post journalist Jose Antonio Vargas announced that he was not in this country legally, immigrants without legal status here are using the Internet to assert an American identity anyway, and that the problem lies not with them but with United States policy on immigration and citizenship. Read More

Obama In Election-Year Push To Accelerate Broadband Development

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, June 14 2012

President Obama Is Pushing Broadband Development Image: Flickr/MikeCogh

In an election year push, President Obama on Thursday launched two initiatives meant to hasten the deployment of high-speed Internet access in the United States -- a key piece of national infrastructure that Obama has been mentioning frequently on recent campaign stops across the country. Read More

The New and Not-So-New In Obama's "Dashboard"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, May 23 2012

President Obama's 2012 campaign unveiled its organizing dashboard Wednesday

President Obama's re-election campaign unveiled its campaign "dashboard" Wednesday with a renewed focus on metrics and team-building that the campaign clearly hopes will enable it to better manage its massive base of volunteers and field organizers in what is expected to be a closely-contested presidential election.

The Obama team's 2012 social network retains many of the features of the my.barackobama.com network from 2008, but also includes new ones resulting from the experiences of that initial breakthrough campaign. The most noticeable changes: A sharper focus on individuals, their team units and their performance, the addition of the "Numbers," section, an activity stream that looks a bit like Facebook's activity stream, and a lack of a fundraising component.

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White House: Tell Congress To Do Its Job! Pass It On.

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, May 9 2012

The White House on Wednesday tried to amplify the President's call to Congress to take legislative action to create jobs with the release of a shareable badge featuring the president's five-point-plan. Read More