Digital Advocacy and Influence

By Jonathan Trenn | How the digital arena is affecting politics, policy, and advocacy.

Exposed GOP database demonstrates the risks of data-hungry political campaigns

Since November, the Trump campaign’s possibly brilliant, maybe-just-lucky data strategy launched a thousand thinkpieces. Now, we’ve got a more intimate look at that data than we were ever meant to have.<p>As discovered by Chris Vickery, a cyber risk analyst at UpGuard, and reported by Gizmodo, an …

Security

The White House will meet with tech execs for advice on giving the government a digital upgrade

Government modernization, big data and high-skilled immigration are on the agenda, obtained by Recode.<p>The White House plans to huddle with top executives from Apple, Facebook, Google and other tech giants next month to brainstorm ways that the U.S. government can put more of its “citizen services” …

The White House

The real promise of regulatory technology

The future of banking is algorithmic. Bringing together big data and predictive analytics is already enabling financial service providers to make better real-time decisions on loans and other products, with a more flexible, customer-centric user experience.<p>But if banking can be algorithmic, what …

FinTech

Silicon Valley is 'officially a retirement community for D.C. political vets' starting fresh outside the nation's capital

A graying man — once the baby-faced press wrangler for Sen. Barack Obama’s nascent presidential campaign — nursed an absinthe cocktail as he mingled near a former spokesman for President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection bid.<p>Nearby, one of Sen. John McCain’s most aggressive public advocates in his …

Silicon Valley

The Reality Caucus formulation shows that Washington is getting real

US Legislators Form VR-centric “Reality Caucus” to Guide Immersive Technology Policy

Yesterday five US congressional representatives announced the formation of a ‘Congressional Caucus on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality’.The …

U.S. Congress

Social media is polarizing users faster than ever

The algorithms social media sites deploy to deliver personalized content clearly have a large role in making sure users encounter only information that agrees with their existing beliefs. But what part does a user’s own behavior play in the formation of online echo chambers? After all, an algorithm …

National Science Foundation

If it talks like a government and acts like a government, it must be a tech giant

When the ACLU reported last year that law enforcement teamed up with Geofeedia, a software company that uses social media data to track and monitor protesters, many were outraged. Shortly after, Facebook and Twitter cut off Geofeedia’s access to their data. But recently, Facebook went even further …

Privacy

Facebook adds a 'fake news' reporting option (updated)

Facebook has been getting dragged hard since November 8th -- and rightfully so -- given the unprecedented amount of shitposts and fake news that dominated the social site in the months leading up to the election. After his initial defense of "nuh-uh, wasn't us" fell on deaf ears, Facebook CEO Mark …

Facebook

The CIA concluded that Russia worked to elect Trump. Republicans now face an impossible choice.

<i>This post has been updated with a defiant statement from the Trump transition team.</i><p>The Washington Post is now reporting that the CIA has concluded something widely suspected but never flatly stated by the intelligence community: that Russia moved deliberately to help elect Donald Trump as president …

Donald Trump

How Trump Spent $8.4 Million to Play Digital Catch-up

Donald Trump has mastered social media like no other presidential candidate before him, using it as a tool to make news and communicate with …

Elections

RNC Reserves an Unprecedented $150 Million in Digital Video Ads

The Republican National Committee is finalizing its largest digital ad deal ever, to reserve $150 million worth of video ad inventory for the general …

Elections

Smoke-filled room, meet Silicon Valley: Techies see opportunity at GOP convention

Few things scream throwback like a contested political convention, an event that calls to mind conniving party bosses, clouds of stale cigar smoke and throngs of activists in Uncle Sam hats passionately waving homemade signs.<p>But while some of those retro touches will surely present themselves if …

Elections

Bernie Sanders Campaign Buys 'Sponsored Story' Ad on Politico

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, which has been spending heavily on traditional broadcast media, just put money behind one of the buzziest …

Bernie Sanders

The Strange Brew of Curious Political Data

It happens every election season: A flood of eye-catching data points turn up in political stories about voters. More Democrats like salsa music and …

Advertising Industry

Medium: Learn to Embrace a Platform You Don't Own

In the past year, the blogging platform Medium has become increasingly important as a way to distribute ideas without filtration. That growth, …

State of the Union 2016, Barack Obama Digital Strategy Office

White House staffers in the Office of Digital Strategy (ODS) haven’t been sleeping much recently. Tuesday night is the final State of the Union …

A VC who helped build Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn explains what's next in social and messaging

<i>Greylock Partners' Josh Elman Greylock</i><p>Josh Elman is a partner at prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners. He has worked on Twitter, Facebook Connect, Zazzle, LinkedIn, and RealPlayer<i>.</i><p>Looking back every year, I’ve felt like there was always one big new theme to how people …

Social Media

GOP's Biggest 2016 Advertisers Have Little to Show in Polls So Far

The top six Republican presidential campaign advertisers, all of which are independent political action committees that can raise and spend unlimited …

Elections

Why Twitter’s Dying (And What You Can Learn From It)

It’s early summer, and I’m in Dupont Circle. Something’s off. People, I notice, seem to be suddenly tweeting much less lately. But I’ve got a book to …

The GOP Is Throwing Away Millions of Dollars

While Republicans spend cash on big ad buys, Democrats are pulling ahead where it matters.<p>Snuffing out Donald Trump’s candidacy may lower the rest of the Republican field’s chances of beating Hillary Clinton. To bring Trump down a peg, the field is likely to double down on strategies—like heavy …

Elections

Facebook Unveils New Arsenal Of Second Screen Tools For Broadcasters

Facebook wants to see the relationship between its site and live TV content grow even more interconnected.<p>The idea of the “second screen,” where people engage with live TV events via companion social networking tools, seemed to be the talk of the town several years ago when marketing professionals …

Second Screen

How Meerkat is Going to Change the 2016 Election for Every Campaign, Reporter and Voter

Every few minutes over the last few days, my phone vibrates with another notification that another person I follow on Twitter has joined Meerkat. …

What Edward Snowden On Twitter Could Mean For The Presidential Race

Twitter's newest high-profile user just might push the issue of domestic surveillance back into the presidential campaign's conversation.<p>Edward Snowden sent his first-ever tweet at noon on Tuesday, asking, "Can you hear me now?"<p>One Republican candidate clearly did. Within the hour, former New York …

National Security Agency (NSA)

How social media is revolutionizing debates

<b>(CNN) —</b> Presidential debates have been governed by the same norms since the first televised debate in 1960: look good, don't make a mistake, stay solid for the entire debate, and then have your campaign spin like hell as soon as it ends.<p>Most of the political world has thought about the debates the …

Elections

Kenneth Cole's latest 'mission-driven' ad about guns has some people enraged

Kenneth Cole, an American fashion designer known for shoes and accessories, recently posted a billboard on gun control and mental illness that rubbed the American Psychiatric Association the wrong way.<p>The billboard reads "Over 40M Americans suffer from mental illness. Some can access care … All can …

Mental Disorders
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