How Obama’s tech team helped deliver the 2012 election

Obama for America CTO Harper Reed had helped build Threadless, a site for selling hip t-shirts, but he had never done anything like this. Here’s how he and his team built a tech platform that might forever change how presidential campaigns are built.

How mobile and IT mismanagement failed Mitt Romney

Mobile technology is an invaluable tool for modern businesses and even political campaigns: at least, when it works. As Mitt Romney’s campaign found out the hard way this week, the mobile web is an afterthought to many and beta testing is a good thing.

Why Nate Silver and others predicted the election perfectly

Guess what, accurately predicting the outcomes of elections really isn’t a partisan affair. What Nate Silver and several others accomplished in perfectly predicting the election isn’t about finding data to support their desired outcomes. It’s about processing reams of imperfect data and figuring out what matters.

Why the NYT announced Obama’s win 49 minutes after Obama did

Last night, as the results of the 2012 election rolled in, millions of Americans were glued to their TVs, computers and smartphones. But those who had relied on Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight throughout the campaign had to turn to TV networks and Twitter at the end.

Where to watch the 2012 presidential election live online

Watching the results in real time has never been easier than during this year’s presidential election: Numerous TV networks and news sites are live streaming on the web, on the iPad and on Xboxes and connected devices. Check out our ultimate guide for all the links.

Data doesn’t play politics — and most of it suggests Obama will win

It’s one day before the presidential election, and the results from computer models and other data analyses are in, with most experts giving President Obama a higher probability of winning than challenger Mitt Romney. That’s no lock, however: while data doesn’t lie, models sometimes do.

How NBC is using Instagram to report the 2012 election

Services like Instagram provide a huge trove of photos for traditional news outlets to enrich their coverage of major events like the election or Hurricane Sandy. A novel approach by NBC shows the opportunities and challenges of user photos.