Liberation Technology: two articles on tech in the 2012 US election

The MIT Technology Review (from just before Christmas) has two good articles on the use of technology in the election. The use of Big Data[TM, some settling may have occurred in transit] by the Obama Campaign is covered in a long review by Sasha Issenberg, but I rather liked Joe Trippi’s shorter piece on how […]

Iowa: the One Percent-Off

Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone has a gloomy take on the US elections, and particularly the banking-and-establishment nature of the campaign funding on both sides: The reason 2012 feels so empty now is that voters on both sides of the aisle are not just tired of this state of affairs, they are disgusted by it. […]

Election year, not just in the US

According to Foreign Policy, in 2012: A third of the world’s nations will be holding local, state, or national elections; a number of Arab Spring countries will be putting their democratic aspirations into action; and four out of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, Russia, China and France […]

Pundits and policy

I sighed in rueful recognition at this passage from the New York Review’s review of Ron Suskind’s new book on the Obama White House : That incoherence [in understanding the different policy positions behind a particular row] speaks to the weakness of … much punditry about the presidency. It is very sure-footed in its reporting on […]

Uncharted waters

I tweeted about this Robert Gates speech (as reported in the LA Times) earlier in the week, but it’s still worth a read. Gates (who was defence secretary under Bush then kept on by Obama) worries about the state of the US political system in ways that sound quite familiar to Brits. Indiviudally, paragraphs like that below […]