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10Questions: Four More Days to Vote on Questions

BY Nick Judd | Monday, September 20 2010

10Questions is a project of Personal Democracy Forum. In the last week, our vote totals across the 10Questions platform have doubled. Since people from throughout the country came back from vacation, we've seen dramatic ... Read More

10Questions Update: 10 Days to Ask Questions and New Videos!

BY Daniel Teweles | Friday, September 10 2010

To help pump up the crowd (pump it up) and spread the word about 10Questions, we made a new video with our good friend Jacob Soboroff, Executive Director of Why Tuesday?. Another video is after the jump. 10Questions is ... Read More

10Questions Update: Changing the Debate via Debates

BY Daniel Teweles | Thursday, September 2 2010

10Questions is a project of Personal Democracy Forum 10Questions is an experiment; one with ambitious goals. Namely, we want to prove the efficacy of the internet's crowd sourcing ability, combined with the connective ... Read More

10Questions Update: One Week, One Hundred+ Questions, Many Announcements

BY Daniel Teweles | Thursday, August 5 2010

**10Questions is a project of Personal Democracy Forum ** Since leaving beta last Tuesday, 10Questions has witnessed a significant amount of traffic in our first week of operation. Site Wide Totals: Total Questions: 138 ... Read More

10Questions.com: Putting Voters in the Driver's Seat in 2010

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, August 4 2010

Three years ago, we had a modest idea here at Personal Democracy Forum: that the internet could be a vehicle for transforming the presidential debates then underway. Instead of relying solely on journalists to determine ... Read More

10Questions: Meet Our Growing List of Media Partners

BY Daniel Teweles | Friday, July 23 2010

Another update on the upcoming launch of 10Questions.com: To best engage the voting public, we've partnered with the nation's premier newspapers to bring the 10Questions conversation to the masses. The San Francisco ... Read More

You Ask, You Decide: 10Questions.com Project Update

BY Daniel Teweles | Thursday, July 15 2010

After just a few days of reaching out, Personal Democracy Forum's 10 Questions project has already received our first commitment by a candidate to participate: From Dr. Ami Bera, the Democratic candidate in California's ... Read More

Community COUNTS Launches "Ask Congress"

BY Editors | Thursday, March 26 2009

Nearly two years ago, I helped pen a posting here, suggesting that politicians should embrace a new town hall format. The idea was that the Internet and user-ranked questions would help leverage a community's voice and ... Read More

"Ask the President" Launches; Let the Public Pick Questions for Obama

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 19 2009

On the first full day of his presidency, Barack Obama issued an executive memo calling on the government to become more transparent, participatory and collaborative. He wrote: Read More

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.

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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.

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The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.

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Transparency and Public Shaming: Pakistan Tackles Tax Evasion

In Pakistan, where only one in 200 citizens files their income tax return, authorities published a directory of taxpayers' details for the first time. Officials explained the decision as an attempt to shame defaulters into paying up.

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