Election 2012: A #SocialElection Driven By The Data

Social media was a bigger part of the election season of 2012 than ever before, from the enormous volume of Facebook updates and tweets to memes during the Presidential debates to public awareness of what the campaigns were doing there in popular culture. Facebook may even have booted President Obama’s vote tally.

To use social media in a time of need, start building networks before disasters

As is the case in every major event in the U.S., social media was part of the fabric of communications during Hurricane Sandy. Twitter was a window into what was happening in real-time. Facebook gave families and friends a way to stay in touch about safety or power. And government officials and employees, from first […]

A Twitter chat with @VotingInfo on voting, elections and tech

Today, I hosted a Twitter chat with the Voting Information Project. They partner with states to provide official election data that developers can use to create free, open source tools for voters. I’ve embedded a storify of our conversation below, along with a video explaining more about what they do. Of special note: VIP is […]

Do newspapers need to adopt data science to cover campaigns?

Last October, New York Times elections developer Derek Willis was worried about what we don’t know about elections: While campaigns have a public presence that is mostly recorded and observed, the stuff that goes on behind the scenes is so much more sophisticated than it has been. In 2008 we were fascinated by the Obama […]

Can government innovation rise above partisan politics?

Earlier today, the White House announced the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows. Following is the story you might have missed on the Twitter backchannel, followed by a NodeX graph of the tweets around #InnovateGov. [View the story “When #innovategov gets hot, will policy debates follow?” on Storify] In the network graph below, you’ll see […]

GS Agility wins Startup Weekend DC with an idea to improve government procurement

[View the story “Startup Weekend DC: Pitch Night and Winners” on Storify]

Health 2.0 Code-a-thon Creates Mobile and Web Health Apps With Open Data

[View the story “Health 2.0 Code-a-thon Creates Prototype Health Apps With Open Data” on Storify]

FTC releases final consumer privacy report, hosts Twitter chat to discuss recommendations

[View the story “The Federal Trade Commission (@FTC) Twitter Chat on the 2012 Privacy Report” on Storify]

Coding for community: the story of an ideahack in Chicago

If you’re following the intersection of citizens, technology and cities in the United States in 2012, the story of Chicago is already on your radar, as are the efforts of Code for America. This month, Code for America rolled out its brigades to start coding across America, including the Windy City. These “brigades” are an […]

STUDY: On Twitter, Congressional Republicans lead on engagement, links and laws cited

Data from a new study on the use of Twitter by U.S. Senator and Representatives by public relations giant Edelman strongly suggests that the Grand Old Party has opened up a grand old lead in its use of the popular microblogging platform in just about every metric. On Twitter’s 6th birthday, there’s more political speech […]

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