by ERIC JOHNSON (Reuters)
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has taken its digital infrastructure to the streets, arming its ground troops with mobile software that maps Democratic voters and canvassing strategies - and raising the blood pressure of privacy activists who worry about possible misuse.
The mobile application, which was publicly released last week, is a free download for use with an Apple iPhone. It re-purposes already public information about registered voters, such as their first name and last initial, age, gender and street address.
A version for Google's mobile platform, Android, was to be released on Thursday, the Obama campaign said.
Besides immediately being able to locate, register and tap nearby Democrats for cash - and send intel back to a database - the "Obama for America" app is essentially a portal to all things Obama. It will allow users to easily view and blast out to their social networks campaign announcements and find nearby political gatherings.