Category Archives: Political Tech

John Stewart: Why Campaigns are Better than Government

Listening to yesterday’s The Daily Show, I watched Aneesh Chopra speak with John Stewart about the challenges government faces with “legacy systems”, “legacy databases” and “20 year efforts” and watched John’s eyes glaze over. Let’s see if we can explain the problem. Continue reading

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Political Technology Answers for a Research Questionaire

I was contacted by a researcher in the past two weeks to get some thoughts on the technologies for political campaigns this year. Thought the answers to these questions might be interesting to my readership. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Funny stories about Bush tech in White House

Sorry, but after posting my video – friends pointed out lots of articles on how “antiquated” the White House tech was when moving in. Washington Post – Staff Finds White House in the Technological Dark Ages Gawker – Technology’s White … Continue reading

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On CNNi: How Effectively Will Obama Use Technology?

On the 13th of January, I was asked to speak with CNN International about how could the Obama Administration effectively use technology to increase transparency. The video is from CNNi: World News Europe with Becky Anderson. Great quote sent to … Continue reading

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What will four years from now bring?

As I am banging away at another project, I overheard some people saying one of those phrases you always here when people are talking about “new” technologies (at the Social Media Monday Meetup): You know, all of us here are … Continue reading

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Government By the People 2.0

Tonight, I spent the evening listening to a number of people discussing the future of the Obama Administration and how technology may enable it. I live-blogged the event and provide my transcript below: NYSIA January Monthly Meeting: Government By the … Continue reading

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Twitter Vote Report launches! Report what’s happening yourself!

One of the projects I have been working with is twittervotereport.com and the following video is a reasonably fun way to learn about what is happening right before your eyes: Cameos by Nancy Scola, Billy Gray, Beka Economopoulos, Matt Cooperrider … Continue reading

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Under the Radar exposing the robocalls and dark matter mailers

Wow. Just got an email from a friend that showed me what the Chicago Office of the Obama Campaign has been working on. Talk about transparency – they launched “Under the Radar” where people can see and submit robocalls and scan of negative mailers to the campaign – and allow for the rest of the country to see and hear them.

This is BIG. This is incredible.

For the first time, we can connect on what is happening in different battleground states and SEE and HEAR what dreck is being distributed. This is something that can change the way campaigns are run.

When I saw it – I was incredibly excited since remembering when I was working for a candidate in Florida and found, during the canvassing, the various lies and hate mailers that people were pulling out of their mailboxes. Continue reading

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Political Lunch: On Mail In Broward Ballots and Twitter Vote Report

During my trip, I visited the Hudson Street Studios and filmed an episode of Political Lunch with Rob Millis to talk about the Broward mail-in ballot, the joys of the “bubbie patrol” and the exciting efforts of the Twitter Vote Report team (#votereport). Continue reading

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Voting Problems already? Join the twittervotereport team!

Already – in Florida, reports of issues are already happening. Granted, this is a complaint on a delay in West Kendall in Dade County – but come on, this is 2008. An ambitious team of developers and technical people are … Continue reading

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