Political candidate websites: What works and getting the basics right

It’s the simple things in a website’s construction that support a political candidate’s strong web presence. However getting those little things right surprisingly poses a serious challenge for politicians even in the wake of the 2008 Obama campaign. I spoke with several web savvy folks for my latest PoliticalShift post at PBS MediaShift to find out what works (see the Harry Reid website pictured above) and what doesn’t.

Smart Phone Apps, Open Government and a Technology Revolution For Elections, Transparency

My latest piece for PBS MediaShift explores a new movement in technology and how smart phone apps have the potential to change how campaigns are run, how governments can make data accessible and how democratic initiatives can be pursued. Click on the picture to read the article or click here. Let me know what you think in the comments section. I look forward to hearing from you.