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First POST: Data-Driven

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 26 2015

Get to know Clinton's digital team even better; Ted Cruz election announcement-related fundraising offers peak into the coming data-driven campaign arms race; New York City launches online community engagement pilot program called IdeaScale; and much, much more. Read More

In Brooklyn, Testing a Texting Platform That Connects Locals, Representatives & Community Leaders

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, July 14 2014

The neighborhoods in Brooklyn where Heartgov is being tested.

Civic engagement shouldn't be a one way street. In New York City, for example, you can text 311 to report something like a pot hole, but what if you wanted to start a dialogue about charter schools in your neighborhood? The information hotline wasn't built to handle conversations like that, but a new text message-based platform called HeartGov is.

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First POST: Messaging

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 30 2014

How Americans are(n't) responding to the dangers of the Heartbleed bug; mobile politicking's unconquered territory; how some of Silicon Valley is embracing the "nerd prom"; and much, much more. Read More

Hey, Baby:'s Text-Powered Teen Pregnancy Campaign

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, September 26 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Last January, Alysha Bologno, a digital engagement associate at the teen social change nonprofit got a new assignment: Create a new campaign around the issue of teen pregnancy.

The solution turned out to be an interactive text-messaging campaign. Participants received texts timed to the rhythms of life as a teen parent.

"What about putting a baby in someone’s phone, and waking them up at 6.30 and [contacting them] at other annoying moments throughout the day?" she said, recounting the concept (conception?) phase of the project. "It’s like a Tamagotchi."

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California Regulators Pondering Political Contributions Via SMS

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 1 2011

Photo: Dru Bloomfield / Flickr California's Fair Political Practices Commission is now considering regulations that would pave the way for state-level political committees to collect donations through text message, the ... Read More

Teen Texts May Be Preserving Endangered Languages

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

McClatchy Newspapers' Tim Johnson writes that teenagers using regional languages in text messages may keep them from "forsaking their native tongues for dominant languages:" Linguist Samuel Herrera said he was elated to ... Read More

The Thinking Behind Announcing Biden by Text

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 17 2009

More tidbits of new media goodness from Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's book, Going Rogue. Oh wait, that's not right. This one is called Audacity to Win, and in it Plouffe's offers tasty bites from the ... Read More

Texted by a Campaign? Let Us Know

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 4 2008

Have you gotten a text from either the Obama campaign or McCain campaign today? While McCain campaign hasn't done much on the texting front yet, the thinking has been that Obama will used the millions of mobile numbers ... Read More

Daily Digest: Opening Up the White House, Airing Out the Cabinet

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, October 28 2008

The Web on the Candidates Crowdsourcing the First Hundred Days: "At this point," writes Colin Delany on techPresident, "the Internet is pretty much done." Our work here is finished! Actually, Colin's ... Read More