Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 14, 2009
Last month, the Republican National Committee hosted the GOP Tech Summit in Washington DC calling all Republican tech experts to put their ideas on the table and leave no stone unturned in an attempt to design online solutions for GOP party workers. For the three weeks following that summit, interested members in technology, marketing, social media and other activists collaborated to help put together an action plan for the Republican Party's online efforts.
On March 7th, 2009 Ron Robinson, a technology manager in California, noted a missing element and issued a call to action to the tech community to take action on creating additional and essential online tools for conservative volunteers.
The response to his call to action was nearly overwhelming.
In less than 72 hours, a team of over 20 developers, marketers, CEO's and volunteers got together, developed a cohesive plan of action and started working towards filling the void. The working group has grown significantly since that time.
"It's about providing open online tools for conservative activists that the GOP currently does not plan to offer," related Ron Robinson, current facilitator for the group. "President Obama had a very impressive Action Center on his web site during the campaign. We want to be sure that conservative activists have a similar Action Center available long before the next election."
Robinson noted that the Republican National Committee last week released a second Request for Proposals (RFP) to replace its current web site at http://www.GOP.com. "The RFP sets forth requirements for broad social networking capabilities, which is great, as far as that goes," he said. "But what the RFP does not discuss is action center tools that help online volunteers effectively organize, and work efficiently to help change votes in districts and precincts."
Specific action center tools that the group envisions quickly creating include:
- a call center that would allow online volunteers to call voters - either locally, or in battleground states
- an event calendar so web site visitors can identify local events, rallies, or protests
- the ability to locate and contact local volunteers who have indicated they wish to volunteer
- the ability to create affinity groups of like-minded voters
- do all the above, and more, with appropriate trust, privacy and security
When asked if this was an ambitious project for an ad hoc group of programmers, Robinson exclaimed, "Highly ambitious! We have a group that includes a couple of CEOs, some talented programming and database people, and other supporting personnel who will prove crucial to the effort. We intend to deliver a high quality project that incorporates the best practices and standards currently known in the Web 2.0 industry. And we are well on our way to doing just that."
The group says that they do not wish to challenge or supplant the GOP's activities in any way. "There is simply a vacuum in the plans the GOP has published so far," said Robinson. "We intend to fill that vacuum. I think every member of the project is absolutely convinced that the real power of a network is in data that is shared, not sheltered, as the GOP is widely trusted to do. We intend to share, and share widely. Online campaign volunteers can do with no less. This is a gift to conservative party workers everywhere, and it matches the daring tools we saw used in Obama's campaign."
Robinson noted that the group is still looking for active participants who want to help with the project. Those interested can investigate or join the project at http://gopguerrillas.ning.com.