Last year, female Facebook users around the world updated their status messages with their bra color. Version 2.0 of this breast cancer awareness marketing strategy ran this year. Perhaps some things should be kept private. But what about our politics? As vast amounts of information goes digital – from individual campaign contributions to the personal communications of our officials – traditional notions of privacy are giving way to an era of sunshine in all aspects of our lives.
Enter (from stage right) Tim Eyman, a veteran ballot initiative activist in the state of Washington. If state-wide ballot initiatives create a de facto citizen legislature, then Eyman is the conservative Washington citizen’s whip. To get an idea on the ballot, initiative supporters must sign petitions, and give such information as their home addresses to verify they’re eligible to sign. Continue reading