Obama seeks data scientists for election edge

Building on his social media success in 2008, it looks like big data will be a driving force behind President Obama’s reelection campaign. To that end, his team is taking to the streets to find data scientists and engineers, including at an event Tuesday at Stanford.

Today in Cleantech

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair once said, “we have a four week election, and you [the U.S.] have an election that’s, well, four years.” So with elections over a year away, the lobbying for political support for cleantech began on the national stage last weekend where Republican presidential candidates in Iowa strolled up to a wind turbine blade and signed it (wind power accounts for almost 20 percent of power in Iowa). But there are reasons for concern. The Breakthrough Institute’s Jesse Jenkins has gone as far as previewing a “coming clean tech crash.” Clean tech is an industry largely reliant on subsidies to make its products price competitive and it will see 70 percent of those subsidies expire in the next three years. Energy policy and incentives matter to green IT because, in the end, you can get a data center as energy efficient as possible, but getting electricity from a renewable source will always be the other side of that equation.

Today in Cleantech

How will Tuesday’s election results affect the country’s green technology hopes? With Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives, observers say chances are likely gone for any kind of broad-ranging climate and carbon legislation in President Obama’s first term. Pared-down energy goals, such as a utility-only carbon cap-and-trade regime or establishing a national renewable energy standard, are also going to face opposition in a Republican-controlled House. Even GOP energy favorites such as subsidies for nuclear power may have trouble amidst a Tea Party-driven, cost-slashing approach in the newly elected Congress, certain observers noted. Still, there were some green-pleasing statewide election results, such as California voters’ rejection of a ballot measure to overturn the state’s greenhouse gas law and wins by Democratic governors in California and Massachusetts.

Political Ads Find Their Way Onto YouTube

Election Day is just a day away, and if you live in an area with a contentious race going on, you’re likely being bombarded by TV attack ads. But you might also see them online, as more political ads have begun showing up against online videos.

The Ultimate Guide to Live Election Coverage

The interminable U.S. presidential campaign season will come finally come to an end tomorrow night. If you’re looking for a map with updating red and blue states (a tradition that dates back to NBC in the 1976 election, it turns out), we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for more than that, we’ve got you covered, too.

Last week we wrote up some of the best places to watch election results online. Since we compiled that story, additional news outlets have finalized their plans of attack, and more people have pointed us to other great resources. [digg=http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/The_Ultimate_Guide_to_Live_Election_Coverage]
If you want to get your election news from a linear TV channel, that’s your call. But as Slate editor Joan Walsh told the New York Times, “At a time when almost anyone can check voter turnout in certain neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County, I don’t think everyone is going to sit there and wait to be spoon-fed the election results in the order Brian Williams thinks is appropriate.” So if you’re planning to set up a multiscreen command center, here are some sites to pull up:
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GigaOM Readers’ Top Election Web Resources

Our post about the top 10 web tools for the election got some great suggestions from readers, so we’ve packaged them up for you here. Thanks to everyone who sent in their picks — and don’t forget to vote!

  1. Track voter rights news and resources at the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition’s 866ourvote.org.
  2. Check out a map-based overview of voting machines used in each state from VerifiedVoting.org and the Verified Voter Foundation, both run by technologists advocating for reliable and publicly verifiable elections.
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Top 10 Web Tools for Election ’08

Election Day is just around the corner. So in order to help you get informed about the candidates, the issues, the numbers and the process, we’ve pulled together a list of the top 10 election-related tools on the web. Enjoy — and get out there and vote! [digg=http://digg.com/tech_news/Top_10_Web_Tools_for_Election_08]

  1. Refresh your memory as to what the candidates have said in their speeches. Add election-related gadgets to your site, like Google’s series of electoral map and video mashups that link to clips of major candidates’ speeches and track where and when they spoke.
  2. Check out the latest polling data on your iPhone. Polling trend site Pollster.com, published by National Journal columnist and Democratic pollster Mark Blumenthal, and contrarian news, politics and culture web mag Slate.com, have linked up to create this handy app, Slate Poll Tracker.
  3. Get a closer look at polling data and electoral projections. The breakout success of election-related sites this electoral season, fivethirtyeight.com is run by two guys who’ve said they’re voting for Obama but that the site is about poll data, not partisanship.
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