Politics

  • Google Adjusts Political Posture With Sponsorship Of Conservative Conference

    Google Adjusts Political Posture With Sponsorship Of Conservative Conference

    In interesting but ultimately not very shocking news, Google has signed on as a major sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is more or less what it sounds like. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just a little odd seeing Google, which is becoming increasingly political, listed next to such organizations as the Koch Institute, the Heritage… Read More

  • For It Before They Were Against It: Google Spent $400K On SOPA Lobbying

    For It Before They Were Against It: Google Spent $400K On SOPA Lobbying

    According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, Google spent approximately $390,000 (out of $3,760,000.00 total) on SOPA and PIPA lobbying including efforts to educate lawmakers on SOPA and the DMCA. The question, then, is whether the massive search and advertising giant was for or against the bill – and why so much money was spent to argue the case. The document, available… Read More

  • On Facebook, Obama Has The Most Fans, Ron Paul The Highest “Viral Reach”

    On Facebook, Obama Has The Most Fans, Ron Paul The Highest “Viral Reach”

    Social media analytics firm Socialbakers has tracked more than 10 million Facebook Pages and Places plus billions of individual user interactions in order to determine who the most popular, engaging and influential presidential candidates are on Facebook. Not surprisingly, incumbent Obama has the most Facebook fans, which is one way to measure “popularity.” That’s not… Read More

  • A Toast To Technology

    A Toast To Technology

    I hold the unpopular opinion that technology – more specifically the proliferation of social media – is not intrinsically “good” in any sense. Social media is, however, important, and I propose we raise our glasses of good cheer to what social media and its related technologies have wrought around the world this past year and the good it will, in real terms, do in… Read More

  • DreamIt-Backed ElectNext Launches An “eHarmony For Voters”

    DreamIt-Backed ElectNext Launches An “eHarmony For Voters”

    ElectNext, a graduate from DreamIt Ventures’ Fall 2011 class, is launching out of beta today to match voters with the political candidates that best reflect their values. The site, which likes to describe itself as an “eHarmony for voters,” offers a familiar concept, thanks to the dozens of politically themed quizzes that attempt to suss out what political party best fits… Read More

  • Facebook To Form Its Own Political Action Committee

    Facebook To Form Its Own Political Action Committee

    Facebook has filed to establish FB PAC, a political action committee intended to “give [Facebook’s] employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process,” presumably over and above voting and contributing independently to campaigns and other PACs. The company has spent about a million dollars lobbying over the last three years, according to Senate records… Read More

  • Live Streaming Video Platform IntercastNetwork Brings Real-Time Feedback To Online Broadcasters

    Live Streaming Video Platform IntercastNetwork Brings Real-Time Feedback To Online Broadcasters

    IntercastNetwork is a rich-media interactive platform that allows brands to connect to audiences using a combination of live-streaming video, real-time polling, live chat, Q&A, payment processing and more. The resulting platform works well for live broadcasters, who can track audience engagement levels and feedback during in real-time, and adjust their message accordingly. Unlike… Read More

  • Votizen Launches “Virtual Precinct Walk” For San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Election

    Votizen Launches “Virtual Precinct Walk” For San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Election

    Votizen, a new platform for connecting registered voters with elected officials, is launching the first-ever “virtual” precinct walk today, starting with San Franciscans for Jobs and Good Government, a committee supporting Ed Lee for Mayor of San Francisco. This virtual precinct walk is a modern update on traditional door-to-door campaigning, where previously… Read More

  • Americans Elect Shoots The Moon (And Misses)

    Americans Elect Shoots The Moon (And Misses)

    I want to talk about American politics. No, wait, don’t go! Don’t worry; it’s OK; I’m Canadian. Your nation’s psychotic death spiral of irrational blood vendettas, vampire-squid kleptocrats, and cargo-cult magical thinking means nothing to me. (Other than its undeniable entertainment value.) Yes, I mean both of your political parties. It’s so bizarre that… Read More

  • The Next Mass Consumer Social Wave: Political Expression

    People always say things change fast in Silicon Valley. Here, and in other entrepreneurial communities around our country, ideas collide, companies form, money is injected, talent is allocated, and the pace of innovation churns. Entrepreneurship is so accessible, the best talent flock here to found companies like Google. Today, it’s tougher for those foreign entrepreneurs to get here in… Read More

  • Keen On… How Obama Can Win Back Silicon Valley (TCTV)

    How important were technology issues in last week’s Congressional election? Not very – at least according to Bruce Mehlman, the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy in the George W. Bush administration and a prominent Washington DC based Republican expert on technology policy. As Mehlman, who is currently Executive Director of the Technology CEO Council … Read More