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First POST: Jargon Busters

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 28 2015

Changes in the RNC's tech team; big plans for digital democracy in the UK; how people in Cuba are making their own private Internet; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Bad Karma

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 10 2014

How companies like Facebook and Twitter are failing to deal with online harassment of women; why Amazon is a monopoly that the government should break up; net neutrality stealth campaigns; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Jumping

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, August 12 2014

The US Digital Service arrives; what hashtag activism is really good for; unmasking some anti-net-neutrality sock puppets; new voting technology advances; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Dueling

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 7 2014

The RNC's hopes to reach young urban Uber-users; the DCCC's science of small-donor fundraising; a new mobile app for voter information launches; and much, much more. Read More

Voting Information Project Prepares San Francisco Hackathon

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, March 24 2014

The Voting Information Project (VIP) is preparing for its third hackathon next weekend in San Francisco, with the aim of encouraging developers to draw on VIP election data and the Google Civic Information API to create tools that make elections information easily accessible to voters. Read More

Voting Information Project Automation Effort Draws on State Innovation

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, January 17 2014

The Voting Information Project announced this week it would be providing general election data for all fifty states and Washington D.C and primary election data in selected states this year, as it works on automating the process in the future. Read More

Election-Day App Makers, More Tools Have Arrived

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, October 18 2012

Google's Civic Information API is now live in 15 states for Election Day polling locations, and early voting information for 13 states will be added tonight, according to an e-mail from Patrick Ruffini, president of Engage, to the Voter Information Project. The API allows developers to build applications to display information such as polling places, early voting locations, candidate data and election official information. 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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Want More People to Vote? Try Putting More Information Online, Survey Suggests

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 7 2011

Tomorrow is a big day in Ohio, where voters are expected to defeat a ballot measure called Issue 2 and, in so doing, overturn legislation that severely curtails the collective bargaining rights of public-sector ... Read More

Taking a Deep Breath Over Google Supposedly Sending People to the Wrong Polling Places

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 4 2010

Google's polling-place look-up tool used Voting Information Project data to point people to where they needed to go to cast a ballot. A Google spokesperson says that a few million people used the tool on and before this ... Read More