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BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 16 2014

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. 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

Robocall Campaigns Dialing Up As Election Season Draws Near

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, December 19 2011

Photo: Saturday Night Live

'Tis the season for mudslinging politicians and unbridled political advocacy ... so it follows that it's the season for those annoying automated phone calls from politicos and their supporters too. The latest round of nationwide presidential campaign-related robocalls is one apparently initiated by the contingent of people who are still not over Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's failed 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination. On Monday, reports of robocalls from are filtering through on Twitter. The Huffington Post has a recording of the call here. Read More

A Platform to Robo-Call Politicians For Once, Not the Other Way Around

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 15 2011

Anyone who's ever fielded a call on their phone only to find the pre-recorded voice of a Bill Clinton or Rick Scott on the other end of the line will appreciate this one: Anti-robocall activists Shaun Dakin and Aaron ... Read More

Robocalling Against Robocalls for Fun and Profit

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 23 2011

This news cycle was supposed to evolve a different way for Rick Scott. After reaching dismally low approval ratings in some opinion polls, the Florida governor was supposed to find help earlier this month in the form of ... Read More

Biography of a 21st-Century Pollster

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 22 2011

The Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling is one of a few entities to rise to prominence in data-driven politics. PPP floated to the top tier of polling firms thanks to a tech-savvy approach of automated ... Read More

'Pink Slip Rick' Pursues Governor Using Phone, Baked Goods

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 8 2011

The progressive activist group Florida Watch has been pursing Gov. Rick Scott with an online/offline campaign called "Pink Slip Rick" — and now they're going to hit his phones. (Via Miami Herald)) In response to ... Read More

Daily Digest: Partying Like It's 11/04/08

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 3 2008

The Web on the Candidates The Latest in Robocall Busting: Starring in one of David Spark's "Sixteen Great Twitter Moments" now up on Mashable is the National Political Do Not Contact Registry's Shaun Dakin and ... Read More

Daily Digest: Opening Up the White House, Airing Out the Cabinet

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, October 28 2008

The Web on the Candidates Crowdsourcing the First Hundred Days: "At this point," writes Colin Delany on techPresident, "the Internet is pretty much done." Our work here is finished! Actually, Colin's ... Read More

Daily Digest: Fighting Robos with Radar

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 24 2008

The Web on the Candidates Will Going Public Be the End of Robocalls?:'s Matt Lewis taps into an idea that's been making the rounds: old-school campaign tactics that thrive in secrecy, like very negative ... Read More