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First POST: Hotmail

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 5 2015

The Clinton email brouhaha continues: Network Solutions, Clinton's domain registrar, was hacked in 2010; faulty encryption left the Clinton system open to hacking; @clintonemail.com a status symbol; "Jeb Bush did it too"; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Polarization

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, August 5 2014

How social media is making Israeli-Palestinian polarization worse; Brigade's plans to be an online "civic network," Turbovote's expansion across Florida campuses; and much, much more. Read More

For Presidential Election Commission, Long Lines at Polls Are a Technology and Data Problem

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, January 29 2014

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In his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama praised the work of his bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, emphasizing that it "has offered reforms so that no one has to wait more than a half hour to vote." On Election Night 2012, noting that many had "waited in line for a very long time," he emphasized "we have to fix that." With its report published last week, the commission outlines how the widespread ground-level adoption of new innovative election technology is directly tied to shorter lines at the polls. Read More

Government Shutdown Sets Off Data and API Scramble

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, October 3 2013

Among the many casualties of the government shutdown are the websites and data sources that researchers, civic hackers and others use on a regular basis for a variety of online applications, visualization projects and studies. The disappearance of resources like data.gov and census.gov has forced those relying on the data to act quickly to find creative solutions or work together to gather backed-up information. Read More

Elections Officials Could Improve Voting With Better Tools, TurboVote and Reboot Find

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, June 7 2013

Kate Krontiris explains research results at PDF 2013. Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Forum

Many American election officials are already trying take make their own attempts to innovate election procedures, but lack the funding and access to technological know-how to effectively implement wider-spread change, according to new research by Reboot and Turbovote. Kate Krontiris, principal at Reboot, and Kathryn Peters, co-founder of TurboVote, presented the findings Friday at the Personal Democracy Forum. Read More

Can TurboVote "Disrupt" Voter Registration? Knight Gives $1 Million to Find Out

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 2 2013

Photo: Chris Phan / Flickr

A New York-based non-profit will announce Thursday a new $1 million investment, part of a "sustainability round" its founders hope will raise the cash it needs to build a solution to America's voter registration problems. Thursday, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will announce that it is investing $1 million in TurboVote over three years. The money will go to help TurboVote develop a new line of business working with elections officials in counties across the country — and a platform to help officials manage the millions of data points they must track to make sure citizens can cast their vote. Read More

Technologists Have Standards: What the Internet Can Teach Us About Making Elections Better

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, December 13 2012

The people involved in running American elections say it's sometimes surprising that the U.S. system is as well-regarded as it is. Elections officials in attendance at a Pew event earlier this week called for reforms to American elections because, as Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan observed, voting in one can be a wildly different experience for people in different counties or even different states.
Technologists might find this situation vaguely familiar. There's another system that asks large numbers of independent actors to all pass interchangeable atomic units of data back and forth in the service of rapid and accurate communication: The Internet. Read More

Can New Apps and APIs Make Voting More Trendy?

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 21 2012

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and people browsing the Internet can expect to find a slew of ad campaigns and marketing geared towards making the vote seem more enjoyable. Trendier, even. Like the iPhone 5, but without Apple Maps.

Behind the scenes of this registration effort, there's a growing group of technologists who are building sets of tools to bring registration, and more of the nuts and bolts of civic participation, to the web — actually putting together what developers would need to wrap the vote in an Apple-like customer experience.

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No, That Research Does Not Suggest Online Voter Registration Could Reduce Turnout

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 29 2012

Research described yesterday as indicating that online voter registration could reduce turnout actually says nothing of the sort. Read More

TurboVote, a Netflix for Voter Registration, Partners With Google

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, August 27 2012

TurboVote, a New York City non-profit that's trying to make voter registration as easy as ordering DVDs from Netflix, announced Monday that Google is making its service part of its politics and elections portal. Read More