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Monday, November 05

The Online Election

By Brad

With the 2012 election just a day away, Pew has taken a look at the effectiveness of online political videos and found 55% of registered voters have followed the election online. Among the types of political videos viewed online, news reports took the top spot with 48%, followed by archived speeches and debates at 40%.

Interestingly, only 36% responded they’d watched an outright political ad online — trailing those who had watched a political parody video. The full report is available at Pew.

Friday, October 26


By Brad

Over at The Hill, Jennifer Martinez reports on new numbers from Pew that find when it comes to donating to campaigns, sending a quick-and-easy text still has a ways to go:

Although the Federal Election Commission this summer allowed campaigns to accept donations sent via text message, Pew found that 67 percent of Americans still opted to give money to the presidential campaigns by sending checks in the mail or donating in person or through other offline methods. That being said, of the 13 percent of Americans who have donated to Obama or Romney this election cycle, half of them gave money online or via email.

Interestingly, Pew also reports donations by text for charities has been successful for years.

Monday, October 22

Social Democracy

By Brad

Is there a link between activity on social networks and activity in politics? According to Pew, yes:

The use of social media is becoming a feature of political and civic engagement for many Americans. Some 60% of American adults use either social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter and a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that 66% of those social media users—or 39% of all American adults—have done at least one of eight civic or political activities with social media.

Tuesday, October 09

Mobile Election

By Brad

New numbers from Pew break down the effect mobile technology has on politics. Some highlights:

• 88% of registered voters own a mobile device.

• 27% of registered voters keep up with political news on their phone.

• 35% have used their phone to look up whether a politician is being truthful.

The full report, “The State of the 2012 Election — Mobile Politics,” is available at Pew.

Friday, October 05

Social Media and Election Season

By Brad

Via Kristen A. Lee of the New York Daily News comes a look at how popular Twitter was during Wednesday night’s presidential debate:

Twitter users sent a record 10.3 million tweets — a new milestone in the revolution of how Americans take part in the political process.

With their iPads and cell phones, millions of people virtually joined the candidates on the debate stage, analyzing their every word in real time.

The last Twitter record was set during Obama’s convention speech last month, which triggered 52,757 tweets per minute at one point.

Monday, August 13

VP Pick on Tech

By Brad

This weekend, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan was named Mitt Romney’s VP pick. Over at TechCrunch, Gregory Ferenstein examines Ryan’s history when it comes to tech:

Ryan’s voting record has supported better access to high skilled immigrants, an open Internet, crowdfunding for startups, and intellectual property reform. However, his ambiguous stance on net neutrality and proposal to cut science funding leaves a noticeable scuff on his otherwise sterling record.

Monday, July 09

Taking the Election to Facebook

By Brad

Via George Winslow of Broadcasting & Cable, CNN is looking to make its election coverage more social:

CNN has announced a partnership with Facebook for its 2012 election coverage that will include a second screen “I’m Voting” app, user analytics, surveys and other interactive applications that will be available to CNN’s on-air, mobile and online audiences and Facebook 160 million U.S. users.

Wednesday, June 22

Socially Engaged

By Brad

According to a new study from Pew, users of Facebook are more engaged in politics. Reports Eliza Krigman of Politico:

Someone who visits Facebook multiple times per day is 2 times more likely to attend a political rally or meeting, 57 percent more likely to influence someone else’s vote and 43 percent more likely to have said he or she would vote, the survey found.

Interestingly, the career-focused social site LinkedIn is tops when it comes to users taking their political activity to the voting booth.

Wednesday, May 05

Broadband Campaign Pledge

By Brad

Via the CBC, nationwide broadband has become a campaign issue in Canada:

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is promising ubiquitous high-speed broadband internet access across Canada within three years if his party is elected to government.

Ignatieff made the commitment to 100-per-cent connectivity, with speeds of at least 1.5 megabits, for all Canadian communities by 2013 in a video conference from Thunder Bay, Ont., on Tuesday. He also promised expanded cellphone coverage and said a more ambitious internet speed goal would follow by 2017.

Interesting sidenote: In 2000, Canada ranked second in people connected to broadband. Today, they’re tenth.

Tuesday, January 05

Broadband Fact of the Week


As the Pew Internet and American Life Project recently found, “some 74% of internet users - representing 55% of the adult population - went online in 2008 to get involved in the political process or to get news and information about the election.”, “Report of the US Broadband Coalition on a National Broadband Strategy,” US Broadband Coalition. September 24, 2009

Thursday, January 08

Seat Switcheroo

By Brad

Rep. Edward Markey [D-Mass] has left his post as head of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet in order to take over the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. His replacement will be Rep. Rick Boucher [D-VA].

Given President-elect Obama’s plans for building out the broadband infrastructure, Rep. Boucher is liable to be very, very busy in the coming months.

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