The Washington Post Debuts A Real-Time Political Lie-Detector Prototype Named "Truth Teller"

This is a guest post by Lewis Shepherd, the Director of Microsoft’s Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, based in Washington DC (with offices in Redmond, WA and the UK). You can follow him on Twitter at @lewisshepherd. This post originally appeared on his blog, Shepherd’s Pi. I like writing about cool applications of technology that are so pregnant with the…

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American TimeHop: How the National Archives could make uncovering old information easier and personalized

Want to understand how a government decision that seemed insignificant 15 years ago has a big effect on your life today? There’s an app for that. Well, actually, I lied — There isn’t. But there could be.   USA Today integrates TimeHop USA Today recently announced an intriguing new collaboration with TimeHop, an app whose…

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Mobile Short Video Platform Tout Partners With Wall Street Journal On Political Convention Content

Launched in conjunction with the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, the mobile short video company Tout has announced a global partnership with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which is called WSJ Worldstream and is part of WSJ Live, their existing video initiative. WSJ Worldstream is being touted (pun intended) as “video…

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Time Magazine Partners With Foursquare To Help Republican Convention Attendees Find Each Other

Where are my friends? Where are the VIP’s? What’s the best party to attend tonight? Those are not uncommon questions when you’re at a huge event like the Republican National Convention. Tampa, FL, where it is being held, is a spread-out city, and events sponsored by myriad companies and organizations are being held miles from…

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CNN Helps Republican Convention Delegates Skype Those They Represent

Deep in the heart of Tampa, there is a CNN Grill. And deep inside the CNN Grill — a combination working news studio and restaurant for participants in the Republican National Convention — the 24-hour news network has deployed social media platforms to help different kinds of people connect. These social tools include a Tumblr…

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Homefront Heroes Takes Compelling Wounded Warrior Stories To The GI Film Festival

For those not directly connected with an active-duty military person or a veteran, you often only hear their stories vaguely, or in passing. Now, two very different people have created Homefront Heroes to deliver veterans’ stories to you in a very compelling, human way. Mike Allen, a Microsoft executive in their public sector division, and…

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Six Ways Evangelists Can Promote Like Sports Illustrated Supermodel Kate Upton

  Recently, I wrote an essay about how the open government movement could do a better job of engaging mainstream media, and more specifically how the simultanous Transparency Camp and White House Correspondents Dinner weekend could make better connections. One criticism of this is that the WHCD is too focused on celebrities, and trivialities like…

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Barnes & Noble Partners With Microsoft On Digital Reading Technology

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have announced the formation of a strategic partnership in a new to-be-named Barnes & Noble subsidiary which will build upon the history of strong innovation in digital reading technologies from both companies. The partnership will accelerate the transition to e-reading, revolutionizing how people consume, create, share and enjoy digital content….

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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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