Meet, the Google of modern politics

This article from Klint Finley at Wired Enterprise raises some good questions about the ideal integration of big data into nonprofits. I rather prefer the efforts of DataKind and the SumAll Foundation, which try to help nonprofits solve problems rather than harvest email addresses. The flipside, of course, is that individual donors are what keep the lights on in many cases, so access to more of them is good. 20M users but not a single server

The online social networking platform for promoting social change handles more than 20 million users, but has a tiny in-house IT footprint thanks to its use of cloud services from Amazon and Rackspace. The key thing, says infrastructure manager Kyle VanderBeek, is flexibility.