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Nonprofit Long Distance Voter Helped Provide Data for Google Voting Search Feature

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, October 10 2014

For its new voting information search feature, or one-box, Google got some assistance from the nonprofit Long Distance Voter, which is dedicated to helping with absentee ballot requests. Specifically, Google licensed data from the organization to provide a service that offers voting and registration information for all 50 states. Read More

First POST: Media Futures

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, June 24 2014

The Knight Foundation gives $3.4 million to groups expanding the open Internet; Comcast and NBC hackathon winners promote entertainment apps; Rock the Vote relaunches its website; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Circumlocution and Circumvention

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 21 2014

Why everybody is talking about the NSA this morning; how Twitter and its users are responding to a crackdown in Turkey; how the Right is getting better at data-driven campaigns; and much, much more. Read More

Thousands of People Have Used Remote-Controlled Pens Over The Internet To Register To Vote

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, October 26 2012

Photo: Crownjewel82 / Flickr

While it's a drop in the bucket in numbers, this election cycle has seen one science-fiction like innovation in an area that might seem dry as dust, yet holds significance for the future of voter engagement: Voter registration. This year, more than 100,000 people have used remote-controlled pens over the Internet to sign and complete their voter-registration forms. Read More

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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Six Great Sites for Getting Your Vote Counted

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 20 2008

When it comes time to find out how to vote this Election Day, the somewhat sad fact is that trying to get that information from your state election officials is likely to leave you frustrated. A recent Pew study found ... Read More

Daily Digest: More UK Twittering (And Less in the US)

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 1 2008

Giving credit to Obama for the uptick in youth voting, and dissing Rock the Vote; the Internet is making it easier than ever to find information about the candidates; Paul Begala revives the art of the faux-Blackberry ... Read More

Is It Hip? Of Presidential Candidates and Rock'n'Roll

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Friday, March 28 2008

Weighing in at not quite 2 tons of fun, the McCain Girls are tearing up the YouTube charts and shattering a whole lot of eardrums. Are they hip? Do they make John McCain hip? The jury is still out on that. And while the ... Read More

Daily Digest: If Chris Dodd Scores a Victory, Does Anyone Hear It?

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, December 19 2007

Glenn Greenwald takes Chris Dodd's FISA victory seriously, unlike most of big media; Colin Delany is impressed with the grassroots effort behind Dodd; BlogHer asks why the candidates won't speak with them; a partnership ... Read More

MTV's Network for Advocacy

BY Fred Stutzman | Thursday, September 27 2007

With a hearty publicity push, MTV has launched think.mtv.com, a community fostering youth advocacy. In much of the coverage of the site, it has described as a youth social network - and while it's true the site has ... Read More