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  • Estimate Your Taxes Under Next President With Online Model

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 5:54 pm

    There's a lot of issues that impact voters' decisions, including taxes. A business-school professor and a business modeling software developer have teamed up to help voters evaluate, side-by-side, the tax proposals of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.
  • Open source: How e-voting should be done

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 1:54 pm

    In the past eight years, elections in the United States have taken on the guise of a TV game show, with the elections themselves not quite as compelling as watching voting mechanisms fail across the country, especially in key battleground states such as Florida and Ohio. Pols and pundits from both sides of the aisle are quick to place most of the blame on faulty electronic voting systems. But until we set a technical policy that favors open voting systems, as Australia did in 2001 with its open source eVACS (Electronic Voting and Counting System), we have only ourselves to blame.
  • Google offers its maps to help voters find polling places

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 9:15 pm

    As Election Day nears, Google Inc. has created a Web site to help voters find the location of their polling places by typing in an address and clicking a search button.
  • Voters allege e-voting machines switching votes

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 4:39 pm

    A handful of early voters in West Virginia have complained that electronic voting machines there switched their votes, but voting officials and the e-voting vendor discounted the problem.
  • Cash, cups, clicks: Techies back Obama

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 3:14 pm

    In every state that has a large tech employment base, Barack Obama is winning by large margins in 7-Eleven coffee cup selections (7-Eleven customers can pick either an Obama or John McCain coffee cup). New Jersey is the exception, with Obama having only a slim cup-edge over John McCain.
  • Election deception: The Web's 12 dirtiest tricks

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 8:43 pm

    Political campaigns in the United States are notorious for inspiring dirty tricks and nasty tactics. Now, in the most tech-attuned presidential race to date, the dark art of misleading voters is growing even more malignant than it was in the past.
  • Where the candidates stand on tech issues

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 3:52 pm

    Here's a look at the candidates' stances on five issues of interest to the nation's IT leaders: telecommunications, national security, privacy, IT jobs and innovation.
  • Overall, YouTube a kinder, gentler place for Obama

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    When I talk to people about this year's presidential election, sooner or later a video on YouTube will be referenced. Over the past month, if you have any interest in the race at all, you've been sent to (or linked to) YouTube to watch videos like the tirades of Obama's ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright, McCain supporters calling Obama a terrorist, claiming he's Moslem or screaming "kill him," any of the dozens of "McCain Gets Angry" videos, Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin (aka Caribou Barbie), or any of the often-brilliant SNL send-ups of this year's candidates. But overall it seems like YouTube is a friendlier place for Obama than it is for McCain.
  • 8 ways technology has shaped the '08 election

    Posted October 15, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    Technology has played a particularly prominent role in the 2008 elections -- and it isn't just the typical silliness over whether a candidate really claimed to have invented a key piece of technology. Throughout the year we've seen technological advances used both for good, such as using Short Message Service to announce a vice presidential pick, and for bad, such as hacking into another vice presidential pick's private e-mail account. In this story, we'll take a look at the eight techiest moments of the 2008 presidential race.
  • Microsoft Live Labs releases politically minded Web app

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 9:33 pm

    Just as the U.S. is in its last weeks of a heated presidential campaign, Microsoft's Live Labs group has launched a Web-based application that surfaces what it considers the recent political articles and documents that are getting the most attention and discussion among Web users.
  • 5 sites that will boost your political awareness

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 3:16 pm

    It's election time again, and there's no shortage of spin and distortion about candidates and issues. Fortunately, we have some very good political Web sites to help us make well-reasoned choices at the ballot box. And that's just the start: Some of our other favorite sites use the latest Web tools to bring a new transparency to governments, special interests, and campaigns--year round.
  • New Web sites focus on empowering voters

    Posted August 10, 2008 - 8:26 pm

    If you have something to say about this year's U.S. presidential campaign, new Web site You2Gov.com is inviting you to speak up, and giving away US$1,000 prizes in the process.
  • Survey determines 'ideal' vice presidential candidates

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 11:32 am

    A U.S. company uses technology to determine the best vice presidential candidates in the upcoming U.S. elections.
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