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First POST: Video Stars

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 26 2015

How the White House hit a home run on YouTube post-State of the Union; why the Barrett Brown sentencing casts a chill on online security research; how media producers use Crowdtangle to optimize their Facebook audiences; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Punch List

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 21 2015

Obama's State of the Union and the Internet; how HealthCare.gov shares personal data with third-parties; Facebook says it will give users tools to tag false or hoax content in their News Feeds; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Urgency

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 19 2015

How Republicans are starting to embrace net neutrality; more predictions of the blockchain's impact on society; new "innovative communities" legislation in Massachusetts seeks to boost civic tech there; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Turbulence

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 13 2015

Why David Cameron's call to ban encrypted communications in the UK is stupid and unworkable; what "democracy in the digital age" might look like; the open data movement's turbulent teenage years in the US; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Recaps

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 12 2015

Previewing the State of the Union's tech topics; data-driven campaigns go after the under-18 vote; open data activist Carl Malamud's renewed campaign to liberate the law; and much, much more. Read More

Podcast: Data as Currency; During SOTU, Did We Reach Peak Stupid on Social Media?

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 15 2013

This week, Micah Sifry wonders if the State of the Union response on social media signals that we've reached peak stupid; ProPublica reporter Lois Beckett talks with us about political data and what might happen to it now that elections are over; and communications consultant Shayna Englin discusses how data-driven campaign practices might — or might not — translate from the presidential campaigns into civic life.
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Check Out This Cool Thing the White House Is Testing For #SOTU

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, February 12 2013

The director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy, Macon Phillips, is asking folks on Twitter to kick the tires on this tool that looks like it will allow people to offer feedback on any sentence from President Barack Obama's speech tonight with a click of the mouse. Read More

The GOP's Twitter and YouTube-infused Response To SOTU

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 25 2012

Last night, House Republicans used the hashtag #SOTUGOP to collect questions about President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, and YouTube to post video responses. The result is a collection of short YouTube video responses. Click through to watch one and note how all of the thumbnails after the video link to other responses. Read More

Watching the PreziPrezi: Powerpoint to the People?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 25 2012

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Photo: Chuck Kennedy / White House

The White House video stream of the State of the Union speech was watched by 3.2 million people last night, many of whom probably looking at the "enhanced version" with photos and charts illustrating President Obama's points. What did they see? What did they remember? And what was missing? Read More

First POST: Enhancing SOTU

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, January 25 2012

President Barack Obama and his director of speechwriting, Jon Favreau, on Jan. 23. Photo: Pete Souza / White House

Today in technology and politics:

  • Barack Obama's spilled-milk crack during the State of the Union left Twitter crying.
  • A federal ruling by a judge in Colorado may give law enforcement more leeway to force you to decrypt your electronic devices on request.
  • Julian Assange is planning a TV show.
Click through for our comprehensive look at today's most interesting tech/politics news from around the web. Read More