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Internet Politics 101: The List vs The Network

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 8 2008

Which would you rather have: A million-member email list or a network of 25,000 bloggers and 20,000 fundraisers? A look at Clinton vs Obama's metrics leads me to one answer: a network is more powerful than a list. Read More

A Change.org is Gonna Come (to Your Non-Profit Org)

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, December 5 2007

Change.org — the social network that seeks to connect people around social issues — recently announced a major new addition to its platform. Calling itself the “Ning for nonprofits,” the site now ... Read More

Does Facebook Support Generate Votes? [UPDATE]

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, August 30 2007

When we talk about social networking apps and elections, the question often arises of how online support translates into votes. Now a new study has, for the first time, linked online support on Facebook to actual votes. ... Read More

Candidates and Social Networks: Generation Gaps and "Unearned" Status

BY Colin Delany | Tuesday, July 31 2007

Some interesting conclusions in a preview of a study of presidential candidates and social networking sites to be released by two Bentley College (Mass.) professors in August. For instance, the authors note that the ... Read More

Finding Value in Candidate Social Networks

BY Fred Stutzman | Tuesday, July 10 2007

Recently, Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential campaign announced the creation of a "social network aggregation" site - one that ostensibly would allow a visitor to browse Dodd's presence on all social networks at once. Using ... Read More

Obama on Eons

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Friday, June 29 2007

The Obama campaign has just launched its Eons campaign, including a big ad on the Eons homepage rotation. For those of you unfamiliar with Eons, it is a social network for people ages 50 and up (I had to lie about my age ... Read More

Will Fred Thompson be an Internet Campaign Innovator?

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Thursday, May 31 2007

The news is buzzing today as Fred Thompson has quit "Law & Order" in order to launch a presidential bid. He has also indicated he plans to use the internet extensively in his campaign. In a blog post to ... Read More

Give This Man a Job: Bill Richardson's New Resume

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Tuesday, May 22 2007

Bill Richardson has relaunched his website, coinciding with his announcement that he is officially running for the Democratic nomination for President. On the heels of his highly successful Job Interview web commercial, ... Read More

MySpace Hopscotches NH

BY Jack McEnany | Saturday, April 7 2007

Will the MySpace prresidential primary straw poll tell us anything, everything, or nothing at all? Read More

Looking at Voter-Generated Presence on Candidate Websites

BY Fred Stutzman | Tuesday, April 3 2007

As candidates cede authority over their web presence to supporters, allowing the posting of voter-generated content to campaign sites, there are bound to be some interesting and unexpected consequences. I decided to ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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