Posted by: Ian Bruk | August 25, 2006

Who Needs A Senator When You Have A Wiki

Found this through Phil Windley’s Technometria linking to

What happens when an owner of an internet service provider (aka, computer nerd) becomes a candidate for the United States Senate? Just ask Pete Ashdown, owner of Xmission and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Ashdown, who is running against incumbent Senator Orin Hatch (UT), has developed an interactive map indicating the location of his campaign signs. But it doesn’t stop there—sign owners may take a photo of their sign and post it on the map. Because of possible sign theft, Ashdown has challenged sign owners to catch would-be-thieves in the act. There’s even a reward. Even now, there are likely scores of other computer nerds setting up motion detection, night-vision webcams.

Pete Ashdown also uses Wiki software to allow citizens to contribute and adjust his campaign platform.

Following is taken from the wiki which can be found here:

Every page can be edited by you or anyone else, and each edit is tracked, so everyone can view each change and input to each discussion, no matter what content gets changed or overwritten. (Vandalism is quickly reverted and vandals banned.) Pete uses the input from these pages to form his official policy, which can be found on his official campaign web site at issues.


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