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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

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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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