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...
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...