Barack Obama’s two presidential campaign teams used voter databases, digital marketing, social media and targeted advertising to help him win election in 2008 and 2012. It was probably the most technology-savvy campaign in the history of politics. HealthCare.gov, in contrast, is fast becoming one of the biggest technological debacles in the history of public policy. Mr Obama has called for a “tech surge” to fix the problems with the online health system. Read more

Alexis de Tocqueville was wrong. Last night’s US government shutdown showed the tyranny of the minority, not the tyranny of the majority. Read more