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Lessons Learned from the Italian 10Questions

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, June 18 2008

Italian media consultant Antonella Napolitano summarizes her experience with 10domande, a project similar to our own 10Questions, an online-only debate in which voters uploaded video questions to the presidential ... Read More

10Questions.com Complete and a Success!

BY Editors | Thursday, January 3 2008

The internet offers a better way to involve the public in evaluating our presidential debates, and because we’ve wanted to improve upon attempts to incorporate it into that process, we launched 10Questions.com on ... Read More

10Questions: Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel Make the Deadline!

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, December 21 2007

Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel were able to get us their responses to the top ten videos on 10Questions right before this week’s deadline! Now it’s your turn. Go to 10Questions.com and vote on whether the candidates ... Read More

10Questions: Obama Responds

BY Editors | Tuesday, December 18 2007

Just in time before tonight's deadline, we've added Barack Obama's responses to the the top videos on 10Questions. We're glad his campaign took the time to participate in 10Questions, though Obama was unable to record ... Read More

10Questions: Candidate Answers Deadline Extended to Tuesday

BY Editors | Saturday, December 15 2007

Today, December 15, is the official deadline for candidates to post their answers to the 10Questions.com online presidential forum. But since we are hearing from several campaigns, including those of Sen. Barack Obama, ... Read More

Welcome NY Times Readers!

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, December 10 2007

Welcome, NY Times readers! Today, the New York Times Editorial board reminded the candidates about the 10Questions project, and asked again for their participation: So you're running for president? That's terrific. As ... Read More

10Questions Round One Audit Summary

BY Editors | Monday, November 19 2007

The story behind the voting on Round One, with our explanation of how we checked for ballot-stuffing. And yes, some people did try to cheat, but it didn't affect the results. Read More

10Questions Update: Round Two Begins With a HuckaBang!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, November 17 2007

We've posted the top ten questions for the candidates, and already, one of them, Mike Huckabee, has answered! Read More

Enough with the Fighting Metaphors

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, November 16 2007

It's time to move away from a debate system that limits the candidates' interaction with each other, insults the public, and reduces press coverage to a jumble of bar-fight metaphors. Read More

10Questions: Mike Huckabee is Next!

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, November 15 2007

We've just added Mike Huckabee to the list of participants in 10Questions. He joins John Edwards and Ron Paul as the confirmed participants; we look forward to the involvement of the rest of the candidates. After we ... Read More

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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Facebook Seeks Approval as Financial Service in Ireland. Is the Developing World Next?

On April 13 the Financial Times reported that Facebook is only weeks away from being approved as a financial service in Ireland. Is this foray into e-money motivated by Facebook's desire to conquer the developing world before other corporate Internet giants do? Maybe.

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The Rise and Fall of Iran's “Blogestan”

The robust community of Iranian bloggers—sometimes nicknamed “Blogestan”—has shrunk since its heyday between 2002 – 2010. “Whither Blogestan,” a recent report from the University of Pennsylvania's Iran Media Program sought to find out how and why. The researchers performed a web crawling analysis of Blogestan, survey 165 Persian blog users, and conducted 20 interviews with influential bloggers in the Persian community. They found multiple causes of the decline in blogging, including increased social media use and interference from authorities.

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Weekly Readings: What the Govt Wants to Know

A roundup of interesting reads and stories from around the web. GO

Russia to Treat Bloggers Like Mass Media Because "the F*cking Journalists Won't Stop Writing"

The worldwide debate over who is and who isn't a journalist has raged since digital media made it much easier for citizen journalists and other “amateurs” to compete with the big guys. In the United States, journalists are entitled to certain protections under the law, such as the right to confidential sources. As such, many argue that blogging should qualify as journalism because independent writers deserve the same legal protections as corporate employees. In Russia, however, earning a place equal to mass media means additional regulations and obligations, which some say will lead to the repression of free speech.

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Politics for People: Demanding Transparent and Ethical Lobbying in the EU

Today the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) launched a campaign called Politics for People that asks candidates for the European Parliament to pledge to stand up to secretive industry lobbyists and to advocate for transparency. The Politics for People website connects voters with information about their MEP candidates and encourages them to reach out on Facebook, Twitter or by email to ask them to sign the pledge.

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Security Agencies Given Full Access to Telecom Data Even Though "All Lebanese Can Not Be Suspects"

In late March, Lebanese government ministers granted security agencies unrestricted access to telecommunications data in spite of some ministers objections that it violates privacy rights. Global Voices reports that the policy violates Lebanon's existing surveillance and privacy law, Law 140, but has gotten little coverage from the country's mainstream media.

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