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Republican National Committee's Biggest Challenge Isn't Tech, It's Culture

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, February 10 2014

The Republican's existential brand crisis: What does Republican stand for? Photo: RNC.

The Republican National Committee's launch of its tech incubator Para Bellum Labs last week sparked off several rounds of derision online -- complete with a microsite mocking the committee's effort to adopt Silicon Valley startup culture. But veterans of President Obama's presidential campaigns say that the data and tech deficit isn't the biggest problem facing the Republicans. It's an organizational one. Read More

Republican National Committee Hires Bush eCampaign Manager As Chief Digital Officer

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 29 2013

The Republican National Committee has hired digital operative and sometime techPresident Contributor Chuck DeFeo as its Chief Digital Officer. "The RNC is pleased to welcome Chuck DeFeo on board," said the RNC's ... Read More

Republican National Committee Outlines New Voter Data Sharing Strategy

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, May 1 2013

The Republican National Committee on Wednesday said that Liberty Works, the new Silicon Valley group formed by private equity investor Dick Boyce and supported by Karl Rove, is going to build the new data-sharing ... Read More

Democrats Won't Necessarily Have A Tech Lead in 2016, Says Former Obama Campaign CTO

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 26 2013

Presidential candidates on both sides of the partisan aisle will face similarly difficult challenges when building their technology infrastructure in the 2016 election cycle, despite the advantages that President Obama's campaign enjoyed in 2012, predicted Harper Reed, the Obama 2012 campaign's chief technology officer during a talk Monday in Sun Valley, Idaho. Read More

The Tech Arms Race Is On: Democratic National Committee Is Also Hiring

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, March 15 2013

The Republicans aren't the only ones looking for tech talent. The Democrats are too. The Democratic National Committee is hiring a new tech team, to be directed by the DNC's Technology Director Bryan Whitaker. An e-mail ... Read More

With New CTO Search, Can GOP Find Tech Talent to Compete With Democrats?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, March 12 2013

The Republican National Committee ended some speculation about its technological future Tuesday by announcing that it is searching for a chief technology officer who would be responsible for building a plan, and a budget, for a new Republican strategy centered around data, technology, and digital activism. Read More

Republican Digerati to the Party Establishment: "There You Go Again"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, November 14 2012

Some Republicans feel their brand is battered after 2012. Photo: Flickr/Johnath

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: For several digital strategists in the Republican party, 2012 is a haunting replay of 2008: As they ponder the magnitude of their party’s losses up and down the ballot, they’re casting around looking for leaders outside of the traditional party structure, which has failed them, in their eyes, two presidential election cycles in a row. The problems, they say, are both technological and organizational, the result of a failure to adjust the party platform for a changing America and to adapt an approach to the web for changing times. Veterans among the party's digerati hear the young Republicans who want to seize the levers of power and overhaul their political machine singing a tune that sounds depressingly familiar. Read More

How "Big Data" And Behavioral Science Powered Progressive Groups in 2012

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Saturday, November 10 2012

An October canvas in Richmond, ViA. Photo: Flickr/AFL-CIO

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The Obama campaign wasn't the only center of data-driven, technology-enabled field work on the left. Groups like MoveOn and the AFL-CIO's super PAC, Worker's Voice, also used the Internet to leverage their understanding of behavioral psychology and user-generated content into a massively scaled persuasion and get-out-the-vote effort. Read More

'Internet Freedom' Is a Republican Platform Plank; Democrats To Have a Policy, Too

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, August 28 2012

The concept of "Internet freedom" is expected to become part of the Republican party platform for the first time on Tuesday when the party's platform committee votes to ratify language that it had drafted earlier last week. The move addresses the recent demands of dozens of Internet activists and groups for both parties to adopt language addressing the issue, and illustrates the enduring impact of the movement created by the broad protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act in January. Read More

RNC And Romney Slam Obama Online Over Tepid Jobs Report

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 6 2012

The Republican National Committee released a new online video and statement on Friday slamming President Obama over the weak jobs report released by the Labor Department. The video features a a clip of CNBC's Chief ... Read More