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White House Petition Platform is Making it Easier to Mine Data on Trekkies, Gun Nuts and Assorted Wackos

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If we’re talking about engagement, the White House online petition platform We the People has already been a resounding success: In the last two months of 2012 alone, users appended 4.9 digital signatures to more than 73,000 petitions on such matters as gun laws, the war in Afghanistan and the nation’s pressing need to build a replica Death Star, forcing the Obama Administration to raise the threshold for presidential response from 25,000 to 100,000 signatures. Read More

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Your Stupid White House Petition Now Requires 100,000 Signatures

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After a slew of stupid petitions cluttered the White House’s official petition platform We the People, the administration has decided to raise the bar for the amount of signatures required to elicit a White House response. Now, instead of 25,000 signatures (a number easily attainable by Redditors and 4chan enthusiasts), a petition will require 100,000 signatures in order to garner a response. Read More