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E.politics Presentation in London, October 20th

Hello, e.politics readers in the UK! If you’re in London, you’re in luck — I’ll be in town for a few days around October 20th, and at noon that day I’ll be giving a presentation at the London School of Economics.

Digital Politics 2010: The Reckoning

Sure, the Internet may have helped elect Barack Obama President of the United States two years ago, but what has it done for us lately? In fact, American campaigns up and down the scale have been putting the lessons of 2008 to work in this year’s mid-term elections, and in the process they’ve invented new tactics and experimented with innovative new tools.

This discussion will look at how candidates and interest groups in in the U.S. are using Facebook advertising, Twitter, Google Ads, mobile phones, location-based services and older technologies like email and blogs to raise money, mobilize support and get voters to the polls in an important election year, with an emphasis on practical results and the implications for future political campaigns around the world.

Date: Wednesday, October 20th, doors at noon, presentation at 12:30 pm.
Venue: The U8 Lecture Theatre, Tower One, Clements Inn Passage, LSE (map and directions)

For help, further details or to reserve a seat, please email Polis@lse.ac.uk

And if you’re not in London, spread the word to your friends and colleagues who are! I’m really looking forward to this one — I bet we get some great questions during the Q&A. If you ARE a digital politics enthusiast in London, drop me a line — let’s go get a beer.

cpd

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Facebook Dirty Tricks on the Campaign Trail

A message just flitted across an online politics listserv that illustrates a new form of political dirty tricks: using Facebook’s reporting system to mark your opponents’ information as spam. Someone wrote in to report that staff from their opponent’s campaign have been marking their messages and Wall posts as “inappropriate” or reporting them as spam, causing Facebook to lock the targeted candidate’s account twice in one day, despite many calls to the company to get the problem resolved.

Dirty tricks are nothing new to online politics (DDOS attack, anyone?), but with Facebook still relatively inexperienced in the political space, the company itself doesn’t seem to be prepared to respond as quickly as campaigns need. Perhaps it’s time to take a lesson from Google and build out a sizable team dedicated to working with campaigns full-time — their needs are unique, and even just a few hours can make a big difference. Particularly during a GOTV frenzy or a fundraising push.

cpd

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