The presidential candidate with the most Facebook followers might surprise you; the Democratic party won’t recognize Lawrence Lessig as a candidate; and more.
Future, Imperfect: In America, Google searches for “gun shop” tend to be more popular than “gun control” but after the mass shooting in Oregon late last week, that trend flipped, Lorenzo Ligato reports for the Huffington Post. Among the top queries people ask are, “What do police say about gun control?” and “Why does nothing get done about gun control?”
According to Google search trends, public interest in America in a mass shooting tends to last a month, at best, Emily Badger and Kevin Schaul report for the Washington Post. They write, “It doesn’t gradually recede with time as memories often do; it disappears, abruptly.”
A proposal that would let Uber and Lyft drivers form nonprofit organizations to collectively bargain on their behalf is making progress through the Seattle city council, Daniel Beekman reports for the Seattle Times.
Tech and the presidentials: The presidential candidate with the most Facebook followers is….Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon. As Jon Ward reports for Yahoo Politics, Carson has more than 4 million followers, compared to 3.9 million for Donald Trump, 2.1 million for Bernie Sanders, 1.5 million for Hillary Clinton, and 1 million for Marco Rubio. Carson’s success online mirrors his broad base of small donors, who gave his campaign $20 million in the third quarter of 2015.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has become the champion of Twitter, as this devastating profile from Michael Barbaro in the New York Times shows. He writes: “Over the past two months, on Twitter alone, he has been mentioned in 6.3 million conversations, eight times as many as Republican rivals like Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson—not to mention more than three times as many as Hillary Rodham Clinton and nearly four times as many as Bernie Sanders. He is retweeted more than twice as often as Mrs. Clinton and about 13 times more frequently than Jeb Bush, according to data compiled as of Friday by Edelman Berland, a market research firm that studies social media.”
Long-shot Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig, who crowdfunded $1 million in order to run a one-issue campaign for political reform, takes to Politico Magazine to complain that the Democratic party has been refusing to recognize his candidacy, preventing him from qualifying for this month’s first presidential debate.
This is civic tech: In Civicist, Daniel X. O’Neil of the Smart Chicago Collaborative explains why “The Real Heart of Civic Tech Isn’t Code” but the “hidden workers” like the teens who worked in its youth-led tech program this summer, the regular Chicago residents who work in its documenters program, and its health navigators. He writes:
Civic tech that doesn’t include people like Akya, Angel, and Farhad leads to a distorted vision of the field. A vision that leads with technical solutions rather than human capacity. A vision that glorifies the power of the developer rather than the collective strengths of a city.