November 17, 2012

How 40 Nerds Got Obama Re-Elected

Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

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The Obama campaign's technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong.

Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that they'd lost another one of the services powering their software. That was bad: Narwhal was the code name for the data platform that underpinned the campaign and let it track voters and volunteers. If it broke, so would everything else.

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TAGGED: Voting, Technology, Presidential Election, Barack Obama