Political Campaigns Now Able to Receive Donations via Text Message

June 15, 2012 | By

Earlier this week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) made it legal for voters to donate to political campaigns via text message. According to ClickZ’s Kate Kaye, “Allowing text donations to political campaigns could increase small donations, which some argue propels political engagement and voter participation.” While political text contributions could be convenient for campaigns, hefty […]

How to Get Results from Your Virtual Town Hall

March 5, 2012 | By

Cross-posted from the Congressional Management Foundation blog One of the fastest growing and potentially empowering technologies for engaging citizens, interacting with elected officials, and building better communications is virtual town hall meetings. These meetings can take two forms: a telephone town hall or an online town hall that employs other technology beyond the “conference call” […]

Why Congressional Websites Matter

November 1, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from the Congressional Management Foundation blog In 1998, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) embarked on a ground-breaking research project: to study best practices in congressional websites with the goal of providing Congress with guidance on how to use this emerging technology to improve constituents’ communication with, and understanding of, the institution. Three years later […]

Mobile Advocacy Strategy

August 18, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from Adfero We’re living in a mobile age. You can’t walk down the street without bumping into someone on their smart phone. And now with the stunningly fast growth in sales for iPads, people are spending less and less time at their actual computers. Wired magazine famously declared last year that “The Web is […]

Daily Specials

January 31, 2011 | By

In Washington, Revival of the Technology Scene (The New York Times) Leading Washington’s second technology incarnation since AOL and Network Solutions chose the area in the 1990s are companies such as LivingSocial, Clearspring and Opower. How Social Media Accelerated the Uprising in Egypt (Fast Company) Social media didn’t send people out into the streets, but […]

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November 24, 2010 | By

Is the Open Data Movement Giving Story Telling Short Shrift? (Tech President) Discussing the movements to free data from the public section that are popping up all over the world. Read the 5 Most Downloaded Articles for Free! (Journal of Information Technology & Politics) The Journal of Information Technology & Politics is offering its five […]

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November 16, 2010 | By

The Tech-Politics Divide (The Boston Globe) A discussion of what can be done to bridge the civic divide between government and tech. Orientation Week (Tech President) The 112th Congress could be the most tweeted, Facebooked and Flickred one in American history, as these tools become more prominent in politics. Don’t forget to sign up for […]

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June 29, 2010 | By

A New Tool for Advocacy Communications – BrightText (Beekeeper Group) BrightText makes a standard advocacy letter easy for activists to customize, transforming a single form letter into numerous unique communications. White House Orders Review of Federal Technology Spending (Hillicon Valley) The White House plans cut government waste by making public-sector technology more efficient. Don’t forget […]

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June 9, 2010 | By

Military Taps Social Networking Skills (New York Times) Young Air Force analysts are showing how the Facebook generation’s skills can be used to save lives in America’s wars. Government 2.0 Movement Seemingly Passes By Twitter, Inc. (Cheeky Fresh) Does Twitter, Inc. need to get up to speed with the countless new media consultants working inside […]

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June 8, 2010 | By

New D.C. CTO scraps ‘Apps for Democracy’ (Hillicon Valley) Bryan Sivak, the District’s top technology official, is scrapping “Apps for Democracy,” his predecessor’s contest that challenges software developers to find meaningful uses for government data. Campaign Launched to Woo Obama Voters (Roll Call – subscription required) Organizing for America is kicking off a campaign attempting […]