Politics

  • Change.org Hits 10 Million Members, Now The “Fastest-Growing Social Action Platform On The Web”

    Change.org Hits 10 Million Members, Now The “Fastest-Growing Social Action Platform On The Web”

    Change.org launched in 2007 as a social networking site for non-profits. Today, the site looks quite a bit different and has morphed into a petition platform that wants to empower activists around the world through what it calls “people-powered campaigns.” While the site only grew rather slowly in its early years, it’s on a tear now. According to Change.org’s own data… Read More

  • Richard Clarke, US Security Wonk, Suggests Customs Should Check All International Net Traffic

    Richard Clarke, US Security Wonk, Suggests Customs Should Check All International Net Traffic

    Richard Clarke was a major feature in US security for a decade, serving as a member of the National Security Council and special adviser for cybersecurity to President George W. Bush. He has written a column for the New York Times that details just how serious the threat of cyber attacks is for this country, something increasingly evident in light of things like the creaking infrastructure… Read More

  • Senator Jerry Moran on the Startup Bill

    Democrats And Republicans Agree: We Need More Startups [TCTV]

    Even in an election year where Republicans and Democrats are at each others’ throats even more than usual, there is still one political issue in the United States that both sides have to get behind in order to stay in voters’ good graces: Job creation. And since so many jobs these days are created by startups and small businesses, a number of politicians have started… Read More

  • 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

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