I don’t endorse Gingrich’s often-extreme views. But on this issue, I believe he is right. Gingrich is doing something rare in politics: He’s thinking outside of the box, and this type of thinking is what is needed to get the U.S. back on track….
Code is becoming the new lingua franca of Web activists around the nation, powering Anonymous-style movements against politicians and the status quo. In the process, programmers and coders are helping to create a new power base within the electorate. If you can code, you can launch new movements, upend traditional campaign dynamics and pressure candidates in a low-cost, high-tech and highly effective way.
Does this mean computer programmers and coding experts are the new political elite?
Prediction markets, which burst into mainstream popularity after the release of James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds, have become an increasingly sophisticated way to model the outcome of events when the range of possible outcomes is known…
This is not a question of left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative. It’s a question of analog vs. digital. And when it comes to the Web, Newt Gingrich has already been caught not playing fair. So, can the Internet trust him?
Barack Obama harnessed the power of his supporters’ social graphs in 2008 to create an unprecedented momentum when it came to online political fundraising. The 2012 Obama campaign, likely to produce the first billion-dollar-candidate, has a custom-built, online fundraising platform. But that doesn’t mean lesser-known candidates with smaller campaign budgets should feel left out of the high-stakes, social media fundraising race.
Selecting our legislators by voting is a hallowed tradition, but must all traditions remain forever? In light of candidates’ ever more sophisticated manipulation machines, might the greater good be served by selecting rather than electing our legislators? I believe it’s wise to continue electing our presidents, governors, and mayors. However, I propose that our city councils and state and federal legislators not be elected, but selected, using passive criteria.