Category Archives: The Web

Politicians’ Web town halls boost their approval ratings – Nextgov

Lawmakers’ Internet-based town hall meetings increase constituents’ approval ratings for the politician, enhance citizen engagement in politics and ultimately impact the probability of participants voting for that member of Congress, according to a new Congressional Management Foundation report. CMF Executive … Continue reading

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WhiteHouse.gov Goes Drupal

From Personal Democracy Forum: http://personaldemocracy.com/node/15131 WhiteHouse.gov has gone Drupal. After months of planning, says an Obama Administration source, the White House has ditched the proprietary content management system that had been in place since the days of the Bush Administration … Continue reading

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Google Wave Preview

via wave.google.com Tim O’Reilly: “Jens, Lars, and team re-imagined email and instant-messaging in a connected world, a world in which messages no longer need to be sent from one place to another, but could become a conversation in the cloud. … Continue reading

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A List Apart: Articles: In Defense of Eye Candy

via alistapart.com A great post on why attractive design is more useful, by UI consultant Stephen P. Anderson. Emotions are not just the waste heat of cognition, they’re essential to cognition. So attractive products are not just “more fun” to … Continue reading

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The Desert Mothers release “Nowhere Motel”

My new band The Desert Mothers has a new release, “Nowhere Motel”, which I’m really excited about – give it a listen.Dieselbe Farbe 10 und Bube gegen verschiedene Farben Bube und König – Wenn es keine Flush Straf-Karte gibt, dann … Continue reading

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Wonkosphere: Political Reputation – or at Least Buzz – Management

It’s early days, but just like the record industry, American democracy is being taken apart and rebuilt by digital technology and the web. Several trends are converging to make this possible and, I think, inevitable. All are characterized by the … Continue reading

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More Political Reputation-Management: The Truth-o-Meter

Following my recent post about a color-coded reputation management system* for politicians (indicating their truthfulness by the color used to display their names on web pages), I came across Politifact and its Truth-o-Meter. Politifact is a project of the St. … Continue reading

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Proposal: A Politicians’ Reputation Management System

News of computer scientist Luca de Alfaro’s Wikipedia trust-coloring system revived – and improved – an idea I’ve been playing with: automated reputation-management for politicians. The idea is to make the concept of honor meaningful again, by creating new social … Continue reading

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Follow the Risk: Amateur Journalism & Democracy

Adapted from a reply on John Jarvis’ Buzz Machine blog: The Internet and cheap digital tools allow crowd-sourcing of news by amateurs, not just because the technology makes production and distribution fast, easy and cheap, but also because it diffuses … Continue reading

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The News Business Is Broken in the Digital Age – If You’re an “ee”, Not If You’re an “er”

Via Tim O’Reilly’s blog I come across San Francisco Chronicle publisher Phil Bronstein, predicting layoffs and saying the news business “is broken, and no one knows how to fix it… And if any other paper says they do, they’re lying.” … Continue reading

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