Politics

Why Nate Silver and others predicted the election perfectly

Guess what, accurately predicting the outcomes of elections really isn’t a partisan affair. What Nate Silver and several others accomplished in perfectly predicting the election isn’t about finding data to support their desired outcomes. It’s about processing reams of imperfect data and figuring out what matters.

Where to watch the 2012 second presidential debate live online

Live streams of the presidential debate? Check. Second screen apps that let you voice your opinion about either candidate’s performance? Got it. Live-teweeting fact-checkers? Of course. A debate drinking game? Cheers! Our ultimate guide to watching the second presidential debate got all your needs covered.

Why the trick to analyzing Twitter data is more data

Although Twitter is pushing itself as a platform to gauge public opinion around popular events — including the upcoming presidential election — not everyone is buying the hype. Stats about sentiment and tweet velocity are certainly interesting, but man cannot live on tweet data alone.

Why can’t we just admit that journalists are human?

Yahoo fired its former Washington bureau chief on Wednesday for a joking comment he made during a video broadcast from the Republican convention. Isn’t it about time we admitted that journalists have emotions and opinions, rather than expecting them to be impartial robots?

Is Twitter good or bad for political journalism?

The rise of social media tools such as blogs and Twitter have changed the political landscape, in part by speeding up the news cycle and broadening the range of sources that are available. But are these developments good or bad for the practice of political journalism?

Where the Tea Party is right, and wrong, about tech policy

Tea Party favorite Senator Rand Paul took to the podium at a Heritage Foundation event last week to talk about tech policy. However, individual rights and less government regulation certainly are important to the future of the internet, there are necessary limits to that freedom.

Why data should be our guiding light on public policy

There’s so much data available and such powerful tools for analyzing it that the world might be a lot better off if politicians listened to the data first, rather than their parties or constituents. Already, data is showing ways to limit everything from traffic to AIDS.

Social media doesn’t speed up the news cycle — it kills it

With each passing elections season, we’re seeing more how social media is changing the political news coverage business. It’s not just sped up the news cycle, but it’s helped kill it, said Josh Marshall, editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com, at paidContent2012.

Apple’s low-key lobbying efforts no surprise

Politico has a great post Wednesday that details how folks in Washington are astonished Apple isn’t blanketing Capitol Hill with lobbyists and money. It goes against standard procedure in our nation’s capital, but as is well known in tech, Apple doesn’t tend to follow standard procedures

Republicans love Diet Dr. Pepper. Now tell me why.

The Atlantic recently published an article on what politicans know about voters, complete with market research data that breaks down consumer preferences by poltical party and likely turnout on voting day. There are some strong associations that lack political explanations. I want to know why.

How Twitter lets politicians route around the media

One of the most disruptive aspects of social media is that it allows newsmakers such as politicians to reach an audience directly, instead of going through traditional channels. This is changing the relationship between sources and the media not just in the U.S. but everywhere.

The government doesn’t want to mess up on big data

The federal government talked a lot about grand scientific visions when it unveiled its big data agenda last week, but the government has consumers on its mind, too. Specifically, it doesn’t want to unduly hinder innovation, and it might even be willing to provide data.

Why Klout really matters: Money, money, money

Social media are a great source of information on consumer sentiment, but the next wave of analytics in social media will be influence. It’s easy to ridicule your friends and co-workers who are actually concerned with their Klout scores, but this stuff matters.

Big tech, Obama and the politics of privacy

The White House announced major privacy initiatives this week amidst a growing hubbub over how technology companies use consumers’ personal data. The news sheds light on both the privacy debate and on how the players involved are attempting to maintain political control of the issue…

Tim O’Reilly: Why I’m fighting SOPA

The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has drawn the ire of many tech industry leaders for its potential to squash innovation. GigaOM talked to O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly about why SOPA is wrong and what the tech industry can do to stop it.

iPhone apps for presidential primary and caucus season

With a competitive primary and caucus season upon us for the 2012 Republican Presidential race (the Democratic race is uncontested with President Obama running for re-election), your iPhone could be a handy guide in helping you decide whom to vote for.

Where to watch the Rose Parade & Occupy protests online

Dozens of floats, all made entirely from flowers and other organic materials, marching bands, cheerleaders and… Occupy protesters? This year’s Tournament of the Roses parade promises to be a little different. But no worries: Both the parade and the surrounding protests will be streamed online.

Occupy my TV: The birth of the citizen video reporter

The YouTube videos of a police officer using pepper spray on peaceful UC Davis protesters have gone around the world. The incident was captured by dozens of cameras, as the Occupy protests have become the birth place of a new citizen video journalism.

Obama seeks data scientists for election edge

Building on his social media success in 2008, it looks like big data will be a driving force behind President Obama’s reelection campaign. To that end, his team is taking to the streets to find data scientists and engineers, including at an event Tuesday at Stanford.

Mr. Schmidt goes to Washington: Google lobbying hits new high

When most people think about Google and Facebook, they think about California’s Silicon Valley. But according to newly filed disclosure documents, the tech industry’s titans are spending increasing amounts of time and money making their voices heard in Washington, D.C. Are they crossing the line?

How YouTube Wants to Rock the Vote

YouTube will stream one of the final pre-primary debates between the GOP’s contenders to challenge President Obama online, and the site will once again let users participate by asking the candidates questions. It’s part of a bigger plan to ramp up election coverage on the site.

The GOP Gets Serious About the Web for 2012 Election

The Grand Old Party is keen to look a little less, well, old: Republican politician Newt Gingrich plans to officially announce his candidacy for President on Wednesday through messages posted on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, signaling a sea-change in how Republicans run for President.

Violence in Syria Gets Documented on YouTube

As violence against pro-democracy demonstrators and other civilians is intensifying in Syria, YouTube is increasingly becoming the primary media outlet to learn about the situation in the country. Censorship against YouTube was lifted only two months ago, but now reports about phone network outages emerge.

How Twitter Could Bring About World Peace

It has been slammed in the past for being the Internet’s most powerful echo chamber, but now a team of researchers from the U.K. and Korea have found that active Twitter users are exposed to a wider diversity of political viewpoints.

Is Britain’s Government Too Close to Google?

British Prime Minister David Cameron is being criticized for his close links to Google ahead of the UK’s review of intellectual property laws. His ties are real — but may be just another case of British politicians being entranced by technology’s most powerful companies.

How Obama Created A Branded Web Series By Accident

One joke from President Obama, made two weeks ago during a press conference, has kicked off a national branded campaign led by a daily episodic web series, thanks to 7-Eleven and Happy Little Guillotine Films. Obama, however, holds the key to the show being a success.

The Election’s Effect on the Future of IT

Tomorrow is a big day. The individuals we vote into office will have a tremendous effect on the connected issues of pulling out of this years-old economic funk and advancing IT policy. Certain proof points suggest a stark contrast in how parties approach this nexus.

How to (And How Not to) Imitate the Old Spice Campaign

Where there’s an incredibly successful advertising campaign, there are the unavoidable imitators. Last month’s Old Spice social media domination meant that rip-offs of the Isaiah Mustafa ads were inevitable. And it’s a rare thing when the copy is as good as the original.

HuffPo Buys Politics Poll Site Pollster.com

The Huffington Post is making its second acquisition in less than a month, buying up poll aggregator Pollster.com from polling firm YouGov P…

The State Goes Up Against The Slate

There’s one other big event going on today — a presentation of the state (as opposed to the slate, as Microsoft’s Lewis Shepherd helpfully…

Mobile Will Play A Bigger Role In Politics

Even though it is 18 days before the election, Barack Obama’s use of text messaging is already being held up as a successful way to reach ou…

McCain Campaign Wants Special Exception From DMCA Takedowns on YouTube

The McCain campaign yesterday asked YouTube to reconsider its takedown policies out of frustration that its official videos have repeatedly been taken down by the site due to copyright claims by media companies. It asked for the side to “commit to a full legal review” upon receipt of takedown notices pertaining to videos posted by political candidates and campaigns.

Election Survey Pops Up On Mobile Phones

There’s growing concern that public opinion polls, which do not include cellphones aren’t accurate because of the rising number of younger p…