Innovating the Permit Process in Charlotte Before the Democratic National Convention

This is a guest post by Andy Pitman, part of Microsoft’s eGovernment solutions team. This post originally appeared on the Microsoft in Government blog. Last year, Charlotte, North Carolina was presented with an enormous opportunity — and challenge — hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The event would bring more than 35,000 attendees, including media,…

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The Most Enlightening Five Articles, Three Quotes, and One Photo About the Late Digital Activist Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, a digital activist described as a wizardly computer programmer and prodigy by friends and colleagues, committed suicide recently; here is his well-written New York Times obituary. Much has been written about him, his career, his struggles with depression, and his tangles with the law in his quest for “freedom,” in numerous senses of…

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Political Campaign In The Cloud: Three Hot New Social Apps For Election 2012

This is a guest post by Stan Freck, part of the Microsoft Office of Civic Innovation, with headquarters in Washington DC. An earlier version of this article appeared on the FutureFed blog. Everyone knows that the 2008 Obama/Biden campaign for President of the United States made sophisticated use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media,…

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Election 2012: Twitter Live-Streams The Republican Nevada Caucuses

In case you’ve missed most of the current election season so far, you may not have noticed that Twitter — which is more mainstream than it has ever been — is working with business partners, political candidates, and news organizations to innovate how the average voter engages during their caucuses, primaries, and general elections. The…

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Pew And Microsoft Launch The Voting Information Project To Change How Voters Get Election-Day Information

Guest post by Kim Nelson, the Executive Director of eGovernment for Microsoft’s State and Local Government business. A version of this article originally appeared at the Bright Side of Government blog. In the run-up to the 2008 elections, approximately 120 million people went online seeking information about the general election, and four out of five…

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Political Polling 2.0: Can Social Media Save Political Survey Research?

Guest post by Kristen Soltis, director of strategic research at The Winston Group, a DC-based opinion research and consulting firm. She can be reached on Twitter at @KLSoltis. As landlines become less and less prevalent, and as people become less and less interested in talking to pollsters, how will the field of opinion research evolve…

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How John Boehner And Colleagues Used Social Media, Open Source, And Cloud Computing For A Republican House Takeover

Guest post by Stan Freck, Director of Public Sector Solutions in Microsoft’s Office of Civic Innovation. He previously held positions as a Microsoft.com manager, as well as other positions within Microsoft. The pace of technological change and adoption is increasing rapidly, and even relatively traditional fields like politics and government are not immune from such evolution. Here,…

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How Social Media Can Make You The Linchpin Of Your Political Or Advocacy Campaign Staff

I recently read the new business book by Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are you indispensible? which is a must-have for anyone’s bookshelf. Anyone who wants to be employed and successful, that is.  (Sound like you?  Thought so.) The major premise of the book is that there are no more great jobs that pay well where someone…

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