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
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
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
BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, March 22 2012
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
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, February 3 2012
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
BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, January 27 2012
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.
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.Read More
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
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
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, December 16 2011
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