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Why Big Data Falls Short of Its Political Promise

Why Big Data Falls Short of Its Political Promise | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

"It in its simplest form, Big Data describes the confluence of two forces — one technological, one social. The new technological reality is the amount of processing power and analytics now available, either free or at no cost. Google has helped pioneer that; as Wired puts it, one of its tools, called Dremel, makes “big data small.”

This level of mega-crunchability is what’s required to process the amount of data now available online, especially via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Every time we Like something, it’s recorded on some cosmic abacus in the sky.

Then there’s our browsing history, captured and made available to advertisers through behavioral targeting. Add to that available public records on millions of voters — political consultants and media strategists have the ability drill down as god-like dentists"


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Politics Transformed: The High Tech Battle for Your Vote

Politics Transformed: The High Tech Battle for Your Vote | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

"Technology and digital media have changed how we do virtually everything, including how we choose our leaders. In 2008, then Senator Barack Obama's innovative use of the Internet for organizing gave us a glimpse at how social media could revolutionize modern campaigning. A lot has changed in the past four years, and social media is now front and center -- an irresistible force in our everyday lives.
Politics Transformed: The High Tech Battle for Your Vote is an in-depth look at how digital media is affecting elections. From online ad targeting to Internet voting, from political crowdfunding to massive data mining, Mashable pulls back the curtain to reveal the trends changing politics in 2012 and beyond."


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