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TechPresident's BackChannel series is an ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics. Contributors are academics, political operatives, entrepreneurs, activists, and other people with ideas to bring back from their work wherever theory meets practice.

[BackChannel] Prediction for 2013: Keep an Eye on Identity

BY Gadi Ben-Yehuda | Friday, December 14 2012

In this post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Gadi Ben-Yehuda predicts that advances in online identity management will be a top trend to watch in 2013. Read More

[BackChannel] Of Online Ads, Arun Chaudhary Asks: What Would P.T. Barnum Do?

BY Arun Chaudhary | Wednesday, November 7 2012

Arun Chaudhary, the first White House videographer, posits in this BackChannel piece looking back on the 2012 campaign that the 30-second ad is "DOA." In that case, he asks, what's next for campaigns hoping to capture the attention of voters in the circus of politics?

BackChannel an ongoing series of guest posts from practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics that, taken in aggregate, form a running conversation about the future of campaigns and government.

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[BackChannel] Three Incredible Things About Civic Hackathons

BY Jake Levitas | Tuesday, June 19 2012

In our latest installment of Backchannel, an ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Jake Levitas from the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts steps up in defense of the civic hackathon. Read More

[BackChannel] RGA's Matt Gagnon: Standing With Scott Walker - A Digital Case Study

BY Matt Gagnon | Friday, June 15 2012

In the latest submission to Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Republican Governors Association digital director Matt Gagnon gives the RGA's perspective on how digital helped Scott Walker win his recall election fight. Read More

[BackChannel] Ed Mullen: Five Reasons to Be a Presidential Innovation Fellow

BY Ed Mullen | Friday, June 8 2012

In the latest installment of BackChannel, a space for practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics to share ideas and opinions, designer Ed Mullen revisits his experience helping to relaunch Healthcare.gov to explain the importance of the new Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Read More

[BackChannel] Three Problems With Civic Hackathons

BY Mike Mathieu | Wednesday, June 6 2012

In the latest post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Mike Mathieu critiques civic hackathons as we gear up to host one this weekend. Read More

[BackChannel] Beyond Media Spectacles: Debates as Conversations

BY Mike Mathieu | Wednesday, May 16 2012

In this post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Mike Mathieu of The Seattle Center Next 50 Debate 2.0 Committee describes an effort in Washington State to reinvent political debate for the 21st century. Read More

[BackChannel] The Frictionless Grassroots, Part 2

BY Chuck DeFeo | Friday, November 18 2011

techPresident's Backchannel series is an ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics. Chuck DeFeo has worked on three presidential campaigns including ... Read More

[BackChannel] The Frictionless Grassroots, Part 1

BY Chuck DeFeo | Thursday, November 3 2011

techPresident's Backchannel series is an ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics. Chuck DeFeo has worked on three presidential campaigns including ... Read More

[BackChannel] Don't Confuse Number of Facebook Fans with Success: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Rick Perry

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Tuesday, October 11 2011

Editor's note: With Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and the rest of the Republican field set to meet tonight for the Bloomberg/Washington Post debate, now is the perfect time to inaugurate Backchannel, what we hope ... Read More