Social Networks Tech & society

Obama Campaign Ditches Twitter, Facebook

I’ve said this so often I feel like a broken record, but here goes: there is a big difference between electioneering and governing. Those differences extend to constituent communication, in no small part because of the prohibition against using government (public) resources to get elected (or re-elected). How else to explain the fact that the […]

Legal Tech & society

Change.Gov Adds CC Licensing

The Creative Commons license announcement on seems odd. Federal government materials are generally public domain upon creation, thus the CC license makes reuse of the content more restrictive. [See DOL statement, for example.] It makes sense for to spell out copyright for user-generated content, but it should not be a retroactive action. And […]

Convergence Tech & society Web/Tech

Crowdsourcing The 2008 Election

Using powerful digital tools not even in alpha four years ago, Americans are documenting election day 2008, with special emphasis on the experience at the polls. We’ve entered the age of Big Brother surveillance, and he is us.