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First POST: Brewing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 22 2014

How Democratic tech firms are jockeying for 2016 presidential roles; the FEC inches back into regulating the Internet; why Tumblr is a social justice movement hotbed; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Commercially Reasonable Highway Robbery

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, April 25 2014

Net neutrality advocates cry foul at the FCC; a White House petition for "true net neutrality" takes off; the "promise of hashtag" becomes an Internet meme; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Can You Hear Me Now?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 17 2013

Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon blasts the NSA's phone metadata collection program; Edward Snowden sees vindication in the preliminary ruling; the Internet Archive unveils an amazing visualization of the "geography of US TV news"; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Greased

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 11 2013

Politifact branching out with Punditfact; why you shouldn't "drunk dial" random Members of Congress; why "greasing" IT contracts led to the mess; and much, much more. Read More

FCC May Consider Whether Unsolicited Email To Text On Mobile Phones Is Legal

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, October 24 2012

The Federal Communications Commission opened a proceeding on Tuesday to determine whether e-mails sent to phones as texts should be subject to its rules that protect consumers from unsolicited messages on their mobile ... Read More

Revolution Messaging and NGP VAN Unveil Partnership To Enable Mobile Campaigns

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, September 12 2012

The political mobile messaging firm Revolution Messaging and NGP VAN, a technology provider for Democratic campaigns, unveiled a new partnership Wednesday that will enable campaigns to move their digital activities to ... Read More

Text Message Donations Might Become a Viable Option for More Campaigns

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, September 7 2012

In 2008, campaigns turned to SMS to ask for votes. In 2012, will they ask for money? Photo: Cazimiro / Flickr

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers:Recent action at the Federal Election Commission could make collecting donations via text message a more realistic proposition for campaigns. The two presidential campaigns are already able to collect donations from clients of several cellphone carriers by having them text a shortcode put to use by their election effort. Now, new FEC opinions and requests for opinions seem to be paving the way for more campaigns to get in on the action. Read More

A Step Forward for Political SMS Donations

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, August 17 2012

Efforts to make text-messaging donations to political campaigns a reality took a significant step forward this week when the Federal Election Commission clarified its view on some of the key questions wireless carriers wanted to clarify before doing business in politics.Both campaigns and the carriers have been hesitating to roll out donations by text message even though the commission gave the green light in June because the initial opinion had not delineated responsibility for staying compliant with regulations as clearly as the wireless carriers would have liked.

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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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White House Videographer Joins Revolution Messaging

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 27 2012

President Obama turns the camera on Arun Chaudhary Photo: Courtesy Arun Chaudhary

Arun Chaudhary, the White House's first videographer, has joined mobile-messaging firm Revolution Messaging as its senior vice president of communications. Chaudhary will help the firm's clients with their video ... Read More