In the summer of 2010, the New York Times and FiveThirtyEight.com, a statistics-based political blog operated by statistician Nate Silver, entered into a three-year partnership agreement. As part of the agreement, the New York Times would host FiveThirtyEight under its banner in the “Politics” section on its website for three years, and, in return, FiveThirtyEight would [...]
For nearly five months last year, the Indian-administered region of Kashmir protested the treatment of its citizens by the Indian government. What began as a response to an incident along the India/Pakistan line of control escalated once Indian paramilitary forces entered the fray. Innocent teenagers, many of them promising students, were killed as the government attempted [...]
In Egypt, protests gathered momentum on Facebook and Twitter, among other social media tools. Simultaneously and subsequently, activists organized, devised, and promoted mobilization against government through these same mediums in nations across the Middle East and, to a more limited extent, in regions of Asia where repressive regimes continue to wield control as well.
One thing is [...]
Ever since campaigns appeared to master the art of directly engaging volunteers and voters through new media channels and platforms, a question has loomed over the future of political use of these media: What happens after the candidates are elected? Barack Obama implicitly promised to bring youth and tech savvy to governance, and “Government 2.0” has [...]
In his piece, “Against Transparency”, Lawrence Lessig dives deep into an argument for why government disclosure, even on certain salient issues like campaign finance, isn’t necessarily an absolute good when it comes to political discourse in the United States. I was specifically intrigued by his use of the Hillary Clinton example and what would eventually become [...]