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First POST: Hot Seats

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 8 2015

Campaign money-bombs; a pre-9/11 surveillance program; a million views of the John Oliver Snowden segment since yesterday; the fight for the soul of the #BlackLivesMatter movement; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Busting Loose

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 7 2015

More than 2 million people definitely know who Edward Snowden is now; CanTheySeeMyDick.com; Rand Paul is running for president; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Bad Boys

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, September 26 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Understanding the Internet's role in the ongoing Republican crack-up; Cory Booker's Twitter flirtations; how email has changed your workplace for the better; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: All Shook Up

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, March 22 2012

Photo: Flickr/DonkeyHotey

Today's news: A round-up of reactions to Romney Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's comment about campaigns being like Etch-A-Sketch; Nielsen shares its findings about the demographics of the presidential candidates' online audience; a look at Harry Potter activism; more on Kony 2012; and New York City wants to run its own TLD. Read More

Pre-Facebook IPO, Here's Where Shareholders Put their Political Cash

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, February 3 2012

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Says Its Mission Is To "Make The World More Open And Connected."

Facebook's initial public offering is in the works and the company is already gearing up to exert the kind of influence in Washington that one might expect from a publicly held firm. With a political action committee for the company already in place, here's a look at some of the politicians who might benefit from the rising fortunes of Facebook's early investors, based on those investors' past political contribution habits as reported by OpenSecrets. Read More

First POST: Not Ron Paul's Ad

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, January 27 2012

Ron Paul at a rally Jan. 10. Photo: Gage Skidmore

In today's First POST:

  • Ron Paul's presidential campaign still doesn't know who floated an anti-Jon Huntsman ad on YouTube using an account that bore his name.
  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's finger-pointing at President Barack Obama has gone viral.
  • The FBI could soon be watching your tweets online.
Find out what else is happening today in technology and politics in the rest of today's First POST. Read More

"Free Rand Paul" Rallying Cry for Liberty, Campaign Cash

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 24 2012

Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign is turning online to raise money from his son Sen. Rand Paul's run-in with the Transportation Security Administration Monday.

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Romney Online, By the Numbers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 9 2012

The stats in Mitt Romney's newly released infographic are impressive-looking, but they're actually not that big a deal. A little reverse-engineering of the math embedded in that statement suggests that people are spending about 42 seconds per page view on the Romney site. This is respectable but not particularly high. Jim Pugh, the former director of analytics and development for Organizing for America, told me that "a time of 40 seconds is pretty average for political sites." Read More

The Ron Paul Paradox

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 21 2011

With poll numbers putting Ron Paul in the lead in Iowa very close to the first Republican caucus, the lens of national attention will put the congressman from Texas in sharp focus. We know his campaign, much more disciplined now than it was in 2008, is preparing for what's to come. But how will his famously zealous online supporters handle the scrutiny of their chosen candidate? Read More

Ron Paul Rebellion Breaks Out On Reddit

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, December 16 2011

Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Rep. Ron Paul's vociferous supporters have a long history of organization on the web. Going back to the 2008 election and beyond, the Republican of Texas has always found a loud bloc of support online. On the link-sharing site Reddit, though, Paul supporters' ability to act in concert has ruffled some feathers. Fed up, some redditors are organizing a counter-insurgency against the Ron Paul Revolution. Read More