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Secure Electronic Voting System

Three years ago, Dana DeBeauvoir, a county clerk in Austin, Texas, had a problem. Soon she’d have to replace the aging voting machines her county had bought eight years earlier. Congress had ponied up the money for those machines, driven by the hanging chad debacle in Florida’s 2000 election. But this time, the feds weren’t coughing up any cash. 170

More information: http://discovermagazine.com/2014/julyaug/1-lock-the-vote

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Voting Systems Worse than the Electoral College

169Grousing about our arcane and nonsensical Electoral College, andcalling publicly for its end, have by now become time-honoredelection-season traditions in the United States. This year, even the Russians, themselves no paragons of functional democracy, have gotten in on the fun.Admittedly, the U.S. system is problematic, as Electoral College math dictates that Americans living in the battleground states, and no one else, will play the deciding role. On at least four occasions, including the 2000 election, this system has produced a president who failed to carry the popular vote yet won the office anyway.

More information: http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/11/06/five-voting-systems-even-worse-than-the-electoral-college/

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U.K. Voting System to Deliver Mixed Results

LONDON—Thursday’s U.K. general election could produce some contentious results: large gaps between what some parties win in the popular vote and the number of seats they secure.168

More information: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-voting-system-to-deliver-mixed-results-for-smaller-parties-1430994832

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‘Winner takes all’ vote system

David Cameron can thank Britain’s winner-takes-all voting system for handing him an outright majority in parliament on just 37 percent of the vote. But by boosting the power of Scottish nationalists, it has also intensified one of his biggest headaches.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive at Westminster Abbey for a thanksgiving service on the final day of 70th anniversary Victory in Europe (VE) day commemorations in central London May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

More information: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/10/us-britain-election-reform-idUSKBN0NV0AR20150510

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Green party leader condemns first-past-the-post voting system

Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green party, has condemned the first-past-the-post voting system after her party won just one seat in Westminster despite gaining more than a million votes.

Speaking after the general election won by the Conservative party, Bennett said Britain needed to scrap first-past-the-post voting and introduce a proportional system.164

More information: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/09/australian-born-leader-of-uk-greens-blasts-british-voting-system

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Who would have won under a different voting system?

Does the electoral system really work in multi-party Britain?

These figures show how unrepresentative Parliament is when compared to the popular vote. Here’s just how different it would be:

– no, the Tory government would NOT have got a majority under proportional representation

– there would be 40 seats between Labour and the Tories, not 100

– Ukip would have 82 MPs not one

– the Greens would have 24 MPs, not one163

More information: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/general-election-result-who-would-5659167

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What difference would proportional representation have made?

“The time has come for real, genuine, radical political reform,” Nigel Farage said after losing his bid to take Thanet South from the Conservatives.

The UKIP leader had increased his party’s share of the vote in the seat by 27%, and nationally UKIP’s vote share was up by 10 percentage points to a total of 3.9 million.162

More information: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2015-32601281

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Is the voting system broken?

  • Calls for a change to a proportional system to boost smaller parties
  • Tories have 51% of all MPs but only got 36% of all votes cast in election
  • Ukip got 12% of all votes but only one MP, or 0.2% of Commons seats
  • Lib Dems got 2.4million votes and DUP 184,000 but both have 8 MPs

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More information: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3074806/Is-voting-broken-Cameron-takes-half-seats-votes-Ukip-s-3-9million-votes-gets-one-MP.html

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How can you get more engagement and inclusion?

Are you looking for more class engagement? How would you like to prove to yourself and any of the people you have to answer to that your class is involved and engaged? If you are just finding out about this, your classroom world can drastically improve.160

More information: http://www.humanperformancetools.com/engagement-inclusion-classroom/

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Audience Measurement system for Digital Out-of-Home

The world’s largest international outdoor media owners – APG|SGA, Clear Channel Outdoor, Exterion Media and JCDecaux are working together to develop the first standardised industry approach to measuring digital out-of-home (OOH) audiences.  This unique industry collaboration comes in response to continued global growth of digital outdoor advertising, estimated at 23% annually between 2007-2014*, with further growth of 21% predicted in 2015.158

More information: http://clearchannelinternational.com/news/outdoor-media-owners-unite-to-develop-an-audience-measurement-system-for-di

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Know About Audience Response Systems

Audience response systems, commonly known as AR systems or ARS, have several uses and benefits for modern society. They can be utilized in a broad range of organizations and industries.157

More information: http://national-cba.com/audience-response-systems-101-what-you-need-to-know-about-audience-response-systems/

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Trends in the Gamification

On our most recent webinar, we had the privilege of being joined by a leading gamification expert and author, Dr. Karl Kapp. Karl was able to share some valuable insight with us on where the gamification of corporate learning is heading this year. The webinar and the slides are nowavailable on-demand.156

More information: http://www.axonify.com/2014/03/5-trends-in-the-gamification-of-corporate-learning/

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Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response

New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis

Emotient Analytics™ Quantifies Attention, Engagement and Sentiment of Consumer Response to Advertising, Media and Products.155

More information: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/17/emotient-web-service-idUSnPn2fPcfB+89+PRN20150317

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Direct Response TV scales emotional stories

Email response rates got you down? Online petitions not reaching new people? Looking to talk to new people that are busy at home — but may have a TV on and a phone or tablet in their hand)?

Greenpeace offices in Italy and New Zealand tested direct response television (often referred to as DRTV) as a way to scale outreach to new audiences and extend email, web and social media marketing.154

More information: http://www.mobilisationlab.org/how-direct-response-tv-scales-emotional-stories-for-a-new-audience/#.VZqS1xuqqko

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Taking audience response further

Many people will be familiar with standard audience voting systems, or “clickers”. These are small handheld devices which can be used to gather responses from an audience, they are the technology-enhanced equivalent of getting the audience to raise their hands. Several Schools and Departments at QMUL have purchased large numbers of these devices and they are being successfully used by staff in a variety of different ways.153

More information: http://www.elearning.capd.qmul.ac.uk/articles/taking-audience-response-further-with-nearpod/

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Eventpad pushes high audience interaction

From its beginnings in a small, invitation-only gathering targeted at the regional individual and small-chain hotel owner and operator, The Annual Hotel Conference (The AHC) has grown over its lifetime into one of the UK’s largest hotel industry events outside London. The two day conference, held at the iconic Hilton Hotel in Manchester, now attracts over 600 industry professionals from across the world.152

More information: http://eventpad.com/blog/2013/10/25/event-pad-pushes-high-audience-interaction-and-response-rates-at-the-10th-annual-hotel-conference/

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DoubleDutch Introduces Live Polling

At DoubleDutch, it’s our goal to provide event organizers with a powerful platform to engage your audience and capture valuable data from attendees. With the launch of our new Live Polling feature, we’re excited to announce that every DoubleDutch event app now can now be used as a live audience response system.151

More information: http://doubledutch.me/blog/2014/08/introducing-live-polling-audience-response/

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Improving The Effectiveness Of Audience Response Systems

Technology has created endless opportunities to enhance the efficiency of human tasks. Computerized audience response systems are one such technology that can enhance presentations to help audience members learn with more efficiency, but only when they are used correctly.150

More information: http://www.hightoken.com/10-tips-to-improve-the-effectiveness-of-computerized-audience-response-systems/

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Using Real-Time Response Technology

The New Year often brings new goals and ambitions for many people, and event planners are no exception. Do your goals include making this year’s events even better and more valuable than ever? A great way to up the ante is to add real-time response to your events, which is easier than ever with QuickMobile and Lumi’s new partnership. Keep reading for the top five reasons to integrate real-time response technology into your events.149

More information: http://www.quickmobile.com/mobile-event-strategy/real-time-response-technology/5-reasons-event-planners-should-be-using-real-time-response-technology

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Simplify Audience Response

Wave goodbye to expensive clickers and complicated SMS systems! Now you can interact with your attendees using polls and surveys right from within our app. Our clients have use this awesome new feature for on-location event surveys, live audience engagement during presentations and for rating sessions and collecting feedback.148

More information: http://www.eventmobi.com/blog/2011/09/19/simply-audience-response-with-eventmobi/

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Make the most out of an audience response system

The event organisers are realising the value of building an event around the audience and their needs. They have started leveraging the crowd-sourcing potential via different tools before, during and after the event in order to increase engagement, knowledge learning and networking.147

More information: http://blog.sli.do/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-an-audience-response-system-at-your-event/

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Essential Facts about Audience Response Systems

Understanding the basics of Audience Responses Systems and how they work is vital to the successful use of this powerful audience engagement technology. Here at Option Technologies, we’ve went ahead and taken the hassle out of searching countless websites and sources for the essential information you need to know about audience response systems.146

More information: http://info.optiontechnologies.com/Option-Technologies-Interactive-Blog/bid/208969/The-Essential-Facts-about-Audience-Response-Systems

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Acquisitions Of Front Gate Tickets And Universe

LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Ticketmaster is continuing to expand its ticketing offerings in the festival and DIY verticals through two separate transactions to acquire festival ticketer Front Gate Tickets and DIY ticketing platform Universe. These strategic acquisitions will allow Live Nation to greatly expand its services in the rapidly growing festival and DIY event markets, while accelerating its strategy to provide its clients across all verticals with the largest and most flexible distribution network through which to engage fans and sell tickets.145More information: http://investors.livenationentertainment.com/news-center/news-center-details/2015/Ticketmaster-Boosts-Festival-And-DIY-Ticketing-Services-Through-Acquisitions-Of-Front-Gate-Tickets-And-Universe/default.aspx

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Thoughts on Employing RFID Bracelets

Brothas and sistas looking to create mega festivals around the world to promote the love, energy and positive soulful vibe of urban dance music will need to have a system in place to manage 40,000 to 200,000 attendees who are traveling from all over world. The use of bracelets embedded with RFID for concerts and festivals are going to be essential to provide the best ticketing and on-site service for your attendees and we are going to discuss the patterns and practice of this technology to you.143

More information: http://dreamandhustle.com/2013/09/thoughts-on-employing-rfid-bracelets-for-your-upcoming-urban-dance-music-festival/

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RFID And Cashless Payment

Sitting down in Quebec City with Serge Grimaux, founder of Intellitix, I intended to discuss ticketing and the social media integration potential of RFID. Knowing about the success of last year’s Ford sponsorship at Bonnaroo (See Video) and having heard that the company had migrated into my list.142

More information: http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/07/rfid-and-cashless-payment-intellitix-founder-not-interested-in-ticketing.html

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RFID Wristbands at Music Fests

ITOR’S NOTE: Major music festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella and Rock Fest are cashing in on the RFID wristband trend and watching their revenue skyrocket. With the industry’s impressive light shows and sophisticated sound technology now incorporated at nearly every event, music festival patrons are eager to get their hands on a cool, techy gadget they can wear during the party. Patrons spend an average of 20% more using RFID wristbands than they do with cash or credit cards.141

More information: http://backstagewithpdc.com/hot-topics/ka-ching-rfid-wristbands-at-music-fests-mean-big-bucks/