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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There's An App For That: How Delegates Nominated President Obama Using 56 PCs

When the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) needed an app that convention delegates could use to vote for their next Presidential nominee, Microsoft helped provide a solution. Partnering with San Diego-based InterKnowlogy, they designed, developed, and deployed an app that was used on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Center in Charlotte, NC to…

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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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Skype Studios At The Republican National Convention

Just at the edge of Radio Row in the media section of the Republican National Convention sits one of the pop-up outposts of Skype Studios, which allows journalists and VIPs to leverage HD video to conduct interviews with media outlets based elsewhere. Microsoft’s Skype crew has been working tirelessly to ensure that people can connect…

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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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High-Tech Republican Consulting Firm CrowdVerb Mobilizes Conservative Voters

Three alums from Microsoft – Cyrus Krohn, Todd Herman and Sally Poliak (the first two veterans of running tech for the Republican National Committee) – recently launched Bellevue, WA-based CrowdVerb, a right-leaning political consulting firm specializing in data analysis and identifying and mobilizing crowds. From their new website, Using Crowdverb’s tools, communities can be mobilized…

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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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