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First POST: Dorian Mode

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 7 2014

Did Newsweek identify the wrong man as the inventor of Bitcoin?; defending Julian Assange from his critics; drone hobbyists get reason to rejoice; and much, much more. Read More

In Tampa, a Citizen-Made Map Lets You Watch the Watchers

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, August 27 2012

Tampa Web developer Jon Gales has mapped the city's new network of downtown surveillence cameras

With the recent launch of RNCCTV, an HTML 5 map of a new network of surveillance cameras installed by Tampa's police in preparation for the Republican National Convention, city residents now have a slightly clearer picture of how (or at least where) they're being watched by law enforcement authorities.

RNCCTV uses scripts from Leaflet, data from Open Street Map and citizen reporting by Gales himself to reveal to the public where exactly the Tampa police have placed its $2 million network of security cameras. The site provides a bird's eye view of the location of the cameras in downtown Tampa, but with permission, it can use the location of smartphone owners in downtown Tampa to show them where the nearest camera is located.

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More Ways to Watch the Conventions and Elections Online

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 23 2012

CNN/Time Floorpass App

More news organizations and technology companies announced election related online services today, as CNN and Time launched their Convention Floor Pass app, and Microsoft announced its Election 2012 Hub on Xbox Live.

Social media becomes more entwined with daily life all the time, so it's easy to call this year's conventions the "most social ever." The efforts outlined so far are long on things to watch while short on ways to meaningfully participate — although given the nature of the conventions, which many big-name politicians are not attending, that might have less to do with the applications and more to do with the events they've been built to augment.

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Is Internet Freedom Going to Be a Campaign Issue?

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, August 15 2012

Democrats and Republicans may be considering incorporating positions related to Internet freedom in their platforms in response to the advocacy of groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Demand Progress, US News reports. Read More

Republican National Convention Organizers Sever Ties With Becki Donatelli's Campaign Solutions

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, May 22 2012

After eight years producing online content for the Republican National Convention, GOP web consultant Becki Donatelli's Campaign Solutions is off of the project. "Campaign Solutions was retained to help develop our convention website and digital strategy, but they are no longer involved in convention planning," James Davis, the convention's communications director, told techPresident Tuesday. It's unclear what precipitated the of the relationship between the convention organizers and Campaign Solutions, which has been producing the online component of the event since 2004. But Donatelli's name surfaced in a controversial anti-Obama ad pitch sent to a Super PAC backed by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, which appeared in its entirety in the Times last week. Ricketts has since disavowed the proposal and Donatelli has denied any involvement. Read More

Republican National Convention Web Site Goes Live

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, March 28 2012

The Republican National Convention's web site went live Wednesday. This year, the convention is making Facebook, Google+ and Twitter a bigger part of its online presence, in the hopes that people not attending can ... Read More

Time Magazine Plans to "Check In" With Foursquare at Democratic and Republican National Conventions

BY Raphael Majma | Monday, March 5 2012

Time magazine and Foursquare are partnering to provide attendees of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions with unlockable badges and curated information. During the conventions, Time plans to use Foursquare to spread updates from reporters and other guests, and promises "a visualization of convention activity" using Foursquare data. Through the partnership, visitors to each convention can also get a Time-branded Foursquare badge.

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RNC Protest Twitterer "Dispatches" from 1,800 Miles Away

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 5 2008

I just got off the phone with "notq," a Twitterer who served as an information hub during this week’s St. Paul protests around the Republican National Convention, as I detailed yesterday. As a point person ... Read More

Daily Digest: GOP Convo Burns Up the Tubes

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 3 2008

We point to some great sites to best equip you for viewing the Republican National Convention happening in St. Paul this week; videos of an earlier Sarah Palin debate performance are flying around the Interweb as both ... Read More

Daily Digest: An "Edit This" Kinda Week?

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 1 2008

Fresh off a great online fundraising haul linked to John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate, the GOP is figuring out how to cope with Hurricane Gustav; the protests around the convention in St. Paul may ... Read More