Tag: Republican

A review of Crashing The Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics

I picked up Crashing The Gate – Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics from the DailyKos website, albeit apprehensively. The Kos community has a “reputation,” and some would suspect that any printed material associated with the site would parallel what is said there. Nevertheless, I was curious to hear what Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga would say, knowing they wouldn’t have to deal with the instant (and often aggressive) feedback the “Kossacks” dispense. For the most part, I was pleasantly surprised.

Minnesota Republicans need a privacy policy

According to Thinkprogress.org, the Minnesota Republican party distributed CDs containing a survey on social issues, and the participants’ results were sent to a remote server for tallying.

Digg called it Sony-like, but it doesn’t sound like a rootkit (link compliments of Techdirt). What it sounds like is taking advantage of gullible computer users. A survey, on a CD, with no EULA or Privacy Policy? Hmmh.

People fill out surveys and online polls so they can see the results of others. It is a curiosity thing. To expect a survey not to gather results, is well, just plain stupid. For those interested, Publicradio.org has a blow by blow of the survey’s contents.

Folks can call this what they want – Sony-like, a privacy invasion, spyware, whatever. I am going to classify the whole thing as “dumbware.”