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How Obama's Tech Tools are Changing the Debate

March 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just 10 days after a petition supporting cell phone unlocking posted to the White House's We the People site surpassed the 100,000-signature mark that triggers an official response, the Obama Administration today replied, saying, "The White House agrees with the 114,000 of you who believe that consumers should be able ...

What it's like to be filmmaker to the president

August 21, 2012 With good reason, 2008 came to be known as the YouTube election. But it was a video that ran while we were all waiting to see if the world's most famous first-term senator would make a go at the White House that was the most consequential, according to Arun Chaudhary's ...

All the president's mystery men and women

August 14, 2012 Paul Ryan comes into his vice presidential nomination with more policy baggage than most. We'll vet him obsessively for the next few weeks, and with good reason. But let's face it, he's still running for the second slot. Think about this: The attention we pay to who might be the ...

Congressman Darrell Issa's call to the Internet's right side

July 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On the national stage, California Republican Darrell Issa has been known for a curiously colorful variety of things. As chairman of the U.S. House of Representative's lead oversight committee, Issa, has been the thorn in the Obama Administration's side over the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation that found Attorney General ...

Defining the 'We' in the declaration of Internet freedom

July 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, a collection of Internet bold-faced names rolled out a Declaration of Internet Freedom. Groups like the advocacy organization Free Press and the New America Foundation's Open Technologies Institute took the lead on its creation, and the first batch of signatories included the likes of Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, ...

The community organizing geeks who could revolutionize campaign tech

May 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The websites for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney look practically the same: sleek, snazzy, red-white-and-blue. But peel back a layer, and there's a difference -- the fundamental difference, in fact, between how Democrats and Republicans use technology. Obama's site was custom-built starting in 2008 by the consulting firm Blue State ...