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January 22, 2013


Battle Rages Over Tech that Got Obama Reelected

The Verge: "The tech team behind the 2012 Obama campaign has probably received more attention than any political programmers in history... But in the aftermath of the election, a stark divide has emerged between political operatives and the techies who worked side-by-side."

"At issue is the code created during the Obama for America (OFA) 2012 campaign: the digital architecture behind the campaign's website, its system for collecting donations, its email operation, and its mobile app. When the campaign ended, these programmers wanted to put their work back into the coding community for other developers to study and improve upon. Politicians in the Democratic party felt otherwise, arguing that sharing the tech would give away a key advantage to the Republicans. Three months after the election, the data and software is still tightly controlled by the president and his campaign staff, with the fate of the code still largely undecided. It's a choice the OFA developers warn could not only squander the digital advantage the Democrats now hold, but also severely impact their ability to recruit top tech talent in the future."












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