Welcome to the first digital presidential election. You might have thought we lived through that four years ago, when the online-focused campaign of Barack Obama revolutionized modern politics in ways that are still coming into focus.
When it comes to WikiLeaks, much of media has planted its flag on the wrong side of the secrecy battle. The government's legitimate need for secrecy is very different from the government's desire to get away with hiding the truth.
We've all watched as another election cycle has ramped up featuring the same recycled soundbites, tired catchphrases, and wily underhanded smears. Sometimes it is most prudent to accept things the way things are. Now is not one of those times.
VisibleVote briefly summarizes bills in Congress, lets you know their status and vote on them. This is a great way for the couch potato demographic to let representatives know how we stand on the issues.
The air was abuzz with excitement as software developers and entrepreneurs converged to demonstrate dozens of new tools they had developed over the last 12 weeks from freely available data on health performance compiled by the DHHS.
None of us can win the battle against a heavily out-gunned corporate world alone. Online activists must change the terms of political debates. Until we do, we're simply putting new tools in the service of the old order. And we will continue to lose.
Forget CPAC. Never mind the DLC. Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) serves as the quintessential hub of examining where politics is headed in our tech-centric, increasingly mobile, socially connected 21st century.
Rather than being about peddling conspiracy theories or swapping stolen songs or posting videos of your skateboarding cat on YouTube, citizenship is about recognizing the moral consequences of one's own actions.
The movement toward online grassroots democracy will create a more civil, effective political system. This is not in the interest of some, but countermeasures are on their way to foil the efforts of people who don't want politics fixed.
I believe there is no such thing as autonomy, particularly in digital media. It's about all of us interconnecting, seeking out and partnering to create a more dynamic future of exchange and achievement.
I interviewed Jacob Soboff, creator of the Why Tuesday advocacy campaign. The organization set out to change the national voting day from Tuesday to the weekend in an effort to build greater voter participation.