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QuickPoll: Is data mining by candidates a privacy concern?

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Big data, analytics and mobile apps are enabling smaller political campaigns and advocacy groups to be more effective when it comes to winning over voters and raising money. Is data mining by candidates a privacy concern?...
QuickPoll: Is data mining by candidates a privacy concern?

'Obama Vs. Romney' Could End Up Being A Lot Like 'Mac Vs. PC'

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The juxtaposition between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama couldn’t have been starker. Romney delivered a solid, if perfunctory, victory speech. Later in the night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon. One one hand, this was not remarkable. Even Richard Nixon appeared on “Laugh In.” And Romney was on the ballot in five states — of course he was going...
'Obama Vs. Romney' Could End Up Being A Lot Like 'Mac Vs. PC'
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The Right Geeks To Fill The GOP's Tech Void

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To bridge the tech talent gap, 2016 GOP hopefuls might want to pay attention to these Republican tech heavyweights. Silicon Valley has long had a reputation as a Democrat's haven, and it's got the percentage points to prove it. In Nate Silver's recent FiveThirtyEight breakdown of the numbers, President...
The Right Geeks To Fill The GOP's Tech Void

Can a big data product level the playing field in politics?

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A group of Utah State University graduates recently launched a company called PoliticIt that uses machine learning to gauge the popularity of political candidates by measuring their digital influence. Sure, PoliticIt’s system has proven remarkably accurate in predicting winners, but its real promise is in leveling the playing field between...
Can a big data product level the playing field in politics?

The Obama Campaign Is Now Using Mobile Payments Device Square For Fundraising

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The latest technology to be adopted by the Obama campaign—Square. The mobile payments device is now being used by the Obama for fundraising, says the company. Staff, fundraisers and others are being equipped with the card reading devices, says Square, enabling the campaign to take donations on the go via...
The Obama Campaign Is Now Using Mobile Payments Device Square For Fundraising

Why Your Brand Needs to Be on Facebook Now

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Dallas Lawrence is Chair of the Social and Digital Media Practice at Levick Strategic Communications, the nation’s top crisis communications firm. He blogs on emerging digital media trends and best practices for social media engagement on Bulletproof Blog. Connect with him on Twitter @dallaslawrence.With 450 million users globally (and...
Why Your Brand Needs to Be on Facebook Now

The Democrats Prank Romney With Clever Search Engine Fun

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This is what national, presidential-election-year political campaigns do now: They make little prank websites to undermine their opponents. It's the tech-savvy, 21st Century equivalent of a TV attack ad.    This particular example, carried out by the Democratic National Committe (DNC), punks Romney's tax plan.  Google "Romney Tax Plan"...
The Democrats Prank Romney With Clever Search Engine Fun

"In The Studio," MicroVentures' Tim Sullivan Crowdfunds Retail Angel Investments In Startups

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Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is a contributor to TechCrunch. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. “In The Studio” ends April by welcoming Tim Sullivan, the CEO of MicroVentures, a San Francisco-based crowdfunding venture firm that connects retail angel investors with startups. While the venture industry itself continues...
"In The Studio," MicroVentures' Tim Sullivan Crowdfunds Retail Angel Investments In Startups
Tailored online ads for political candidates could backfire, survey suggests

Google Consumer Surveys help to analyze voter preferences, while Google products serve up voter-information queries

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Google just gave itself a pat on the back by detailing how Google Consumer Surveys efficiently poll anonymous web users and help to analyze voter preferences. “So how’d you all do in your first election with us?” wrote Googler Brett Slatkin on the official Google Politics blog, ”Pretty spectacularly.” FiveThiryEight’s Nate Silver,...
Google Consumer Surveys help to analyze voter preferences, while Google products serve up voter-information queries

Tweet if you want to give money to Obama (or Romney)

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Chirpify lets Twitter users donate to political campaigns via tweets. They're calling it a "tweetlection." [Read more]...
Tweet if you want to give money to Obama (or Romney)

Romney Campaign's Finance Co-Chair Accused Of Being SLAPP-Happy

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We've covered, repeatedly, the problems of people using SLAPP -- Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation -- lawsuits against people trying to speak their opinion. While some states have anti-SLAPP laws (with the quality of those laws being quite mixed), we still believe that we really need a strong federal anti-SLAPP...
Romney Campaign's Finance Co-Chair Accused Of Being SLAPP-Happy
Mitt Romney's Digital Director Zac Moffatt: You Can't Run A Political Campaign Without Digital

Why Jeffrey Sachs would make a better World Bank president | Mark Weisbrot

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Sachs understands how conditions imposed by the World Bank have harmed developing countries' economies. He'd reform thatThe World Bank now has its first contested race for the president of the institution in 68 years. Economist Jeffrey Sachs has thrown his hat into the ring, and as of this week has...
Why Jeffrey Sachs would make a better World Bank president | Mark Weisbrot

Why I won’t be using Menshn, and you shouldn’t either

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When Menshn — a new “topical chat” service intended to rival Twitter, started by U.K. politician Louise Mensch — launched on Tuesday, I went to take a look. And almost immediately the site, which effectively allows to engage in Twitter-like conversations about pre-determined political topics, had me grinding my teeth....
Why I won’t be using Menshn, and you shouldn’t either
Keen.io gathers $750K seed money to staff up mobile analytics

Facebook Disclosures Finances Of Political Committee

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For the first time, Facebook filed financial reports with the Federal Election Commission today for its political action committee, known as fbPAC. While a PAC enables a corporation to contribute to federal campaigns, what’s notable about the fbPAC filing is the amount of collecting versus contributing the report reveals. In...
Facebook Disclosures Finances Of Political Committee

Rally.org Powers A Donation Drive With Prizes To Spend Time With Silicon Valley's Top Angels, VCs

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Rally.org, a social fundraising startup that even partially raised its Series A round through its own platform, is putting together a charity campaign on behalf of San Francisco’s Glide Church that awards time with Silicon Valley super-angels like Ron Conway, Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss. Glide, a San Francisco institution...
Rally.org Powers A Donation Drive With Prizes To Spend Time With Silicon Valley's Top Angels, VCs

Political IT: How campaigns mine the Web - part 2

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Advocacy groups and political campaigns have unparalleled access to vast amounts of new and very detailed data on voters interests, hobbies, lifestyles and political leanings. Organizations are grappling with how to best exploit these vast troves of unstructured data without upsetting their constituencies....
Political IT: How campaigns mine the Web - part 2

Reddit Co-Founder Takes To The Open Road To Support The Open Web

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Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and GM Erik Martin are running a $40,000 Indiegogo campaign to fund a bus trip across part of the country (from Kentucky to Denver) in order to talk about the Open Web this political season. The trip aims to “host meetups, highlight candidates who support free...
Reddit Co-Founder Takes To The Open Road To Support The Open Web

Campaign 2012: Mining for voters

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Big data, analytics and mobile apps are enabling smaller political campaigns and advocacy groups to be more effective when it comes to winning over voters and raising money....
Campaign 2012: Mining for voters

Meet the Tech Nerds Trying to Get Mitt Romney (and Others) Elected

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Canvassing means no AC. (Photo: flickr.com/labor2008 Now, what does this sound like to you? One recent morning, 14 job candidates filed into his fourth-floor office in Alexandria, Virginia, where a wiffle ball net is stowed in the lobby and a pirate flag hangs in the conference room. How many might...
Meet the Tech Nerds Trying to Get Mitt Romney (and Others) Elected

Why The Twitter-Bluefin Deal Matters

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Twitter is buying Bluefin Labs, a cool startup in Cambridge, Mass., and this is signifcant for a couple of reasons. First, it's important simply because Bluefin is a really cool company, one that I first discovered last summer and wrote about on my personal blog, in a post titled, "Bluefin...
Why The Twitter-Bluefin Deal Matters

USTR: By Making People Testify About TPP Text They Cannot See... We're Being Transparent

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Jamie Love has provided the testimony he gave at a USTR hearing concerning Mexico and Canada's entrance into the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) agreement. As you hopefully recall, the agreement is being negotiated in secret... unless you happen to be a high level lobbyist. Then you get widespread access, which...
USTR: By Making People Testify About TPP Text They Cannot See... We're Being Transparent

Opinion: We Can’t Seem To Stop Sharing Our Opinions

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Right now, inside the Supreme Court, justices have been hearing arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. And outside, supporters and opponents are yelling, arguing for or against the legislation. In general, if you’re going to peaceably assemble, that’s about as good a place as there is to...
Opinion: We Can’t Seem To Stop Sharing Our Opinions
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Microtargeting has growing influence in political campaigns, says Interactive Advertising Bureau

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Data played a big role in last year's presidential campaign, whether it was used to evaluate how likely a person was to vote for a particular candidate based on his or her Facebook profile, or to project which states would go for which candidate. Read full article >>...
Microtargeting has growing influence in political campaigns, says Interactive Advertising Bureau

Obama Campaign Using Square to Collect Donations

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The Obama presidential campaign is again pushing the bounds of technology in politics by using Square mobile payments in its fundraising efforts. Square’s mobile payment device is a secure magnetic stripe credit card reader that can be attached to the headphone jack of iPhones, iPads, and Android devices to accept...
Obama Campaign Using Square to Collect Donations

Finally, A Way To Only Date People Who Agree With You On Politics

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Alex Fondrier doesn't think politics should be the proverbial "third rail" in a relationship. In fact, Fondrier points to a study from the Journal of American Politics which found that, next to religion, political compatibility is the second most important criteria in a lasting relationship. That's why last year, Fondrier...
Finally, A Way To Only Date People Who Agree With You On Politics
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