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How political campaigns use big data to get out the vote - TechRepublic

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It is an election year. If you will recall, at TechRepublic and ZDNet in 2016, we tracked not the horse race, but the data and technology that powers politics. Why? Because there's a ton of information private industry and other institutions, like academics and NGOs, can get from learning how politics use and doesn't use data. TechRepublic met with Paul Westcott, vice president of data at L2 Political, one of the largest data vendors in politics. The political world is its own world, and for...
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Election Tech: Big data proves that America is a purple country - TechRepublic

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When you display big buckets of voter data on a map—coded red for Republican and blue for Democrat—the United States is clearly a purple country. Every campaign, from presidential to local elections, relies on big data. Specifically, campaigns buy voter information and social media data. L2 Political is one of the most widely used campaign data vendors. Customers range from presidential campaigns to local elections to PACs. The product is a powerful window to information like voter name, par...
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Data tools of Obama veterans aiding Trump campaign - POLITICO

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Publication Date: 2016-07-20
Data tools that once helped Obama have fallen into the hands of the Trump campaign. | Getty Data tools of Obama veterans aiding Trump campaign Donald Trump’s campaign has driven key decisions by using advanced data tools developed by veterans of President Barack Obama’s first White House run, says a former Trump campaign staffer — a revelation that surprised and angered liberal campaign veterans. Matt Braynard, the Trump campaign’s data lead for five months of the primary season, disclosed ...
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L2 : Data: Modeling: HaystaqDNA

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“The speed and accuracy of this type of modeling has increased dramatically over the last couple of years, but the basic concept remains the same: We’re using information we have about some people, [then] combining it with data about everyone, to build statistical models that predict how those other people would approach that behavior.” — CEO Ken Strasma speaking to CMO.com about HaystaqDNA’s modeling Election 2008 gave HaystaqDNA a unique place in history when their microtargeting technique...
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Gallery: The future impact of big data in politics - TechRepublic

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Issue: Opposed to Muslim Ban - L2 Data In the wake of the presidential election many Democrats who relied on big data to predict big wins were despondent. "We were wrong," said one Democratic strategist on condition of anonymity. "We were overconfident and need to completely rethink our models. But let me say that again: We need to rethink our models, and not the use of data." Paul Westcott, Director of Marketing and Communications for L2 Political, cheerfully agrees. Big data was the big w...
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Gallery: Voter maps from must-win battleground and swing states - TechRepublic

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US Voters The 2016 campaign is the most data-rich election in history. Voters, like consumers, are bombarded with target-marketed messages engineered to endear sentiment, provoke evangelism, and compel action. Personal information gathered from social media sites, retail data, census data and other public records, voter history, and private sets is curated by data analysis firms. The uber-data sets are exported to CRM-like management tools that segment data and help campaigns craft advertis...

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