Thursday, October 21, 2004

American Democracy, Privacy Concerns and Datamining

Well welcome to US Presidential Election 2004 and Big Brother is watching U!

New datamining systems in use by both big parties (Democrats) - `Demzilla' by PlusThree and (Republicans) `Voter Vault'. These track anywhere from 200-500 distinct information items regarding the voters contained within the systems, everything from census and demographics to contributions both monetary and to activities.

Social networking and its analysis are covered in Fundraising and Push Campaigning.

I wonder how long before the Irish political scene changes to meet these new advances and related advances such as the Excaliber rapid reputtal system used by Labour in UK politics.


  • The parties don't plan to only use these systems for elections. They plan to push the advantage for specific policy initiatives, as I discuss at

    By Blogger The Principled Objector, at 3:24 p.m.  

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