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10Questions Update: Did Ruffini Snipe a Top Spot?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 15 2007

Voting on 10Questions closed yesterday with a huge surge in participation...and a number of last-minute submissions, including one that appears to have climbed into the top ten. And that raises an important question, was ... Read More

10Questions Update: Last Day to Vote!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 14 2007

It's the last day of voting on 10Questions.com, and the big question is, will we make it over 100,000 votes? Read More

10Questions Update: David Gets Some Press Love

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, November 13 2007

One day to go in Round One of 10Questions! As we prepare for the candidates' responses in Round Two, developer David Colarusso gets some love from the press. Read More

10Questions Update: Global Warming, Diplomacy, and Nigerian Dwarf Goats

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, November 12 2007

With two more days and a handful of hours to go, 10Questions is continuing to enjoy a healthy level participation and interest, including a handful of important, if quirky, questions. Read More

10Questions Update: Meetups and the Final Stretch

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, November 9 2007

As we head into the final stretch of Round One of 10Questions, we’re hoping to add a bunch more videos to the mix. TechPresident blogger and 10Questions co-sponsor (via CultureKitchen) Liza Sabater is leading a ... Read More

Who's in for a 10 Questions meetup this Sunday afternoon?

BY Liza Sabater | Friday, November 9 2007

Would you like that video question served with a latte? The meet me this Sunday at Rapture Cafe in NYC for a fun afternoon of 10Questions. Read More

10Questions Update: John Edwards and Ron Paul... Who's Next?

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, November 8 2007

John Edwards and Ron Paul have now officially signed on to participate in 10Questions, and press releases sent out by us and the candidates are already starting to generate buzz. This is great news! We’re confident ... Read More

John Edwards Signs on to 10Questions

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, November 8 2007

John Edwards has officially agreed to participate in Round II of 10Questions. This means he will respond to the top ten questions on the site after voting ends next Wednesday, Nov. 14. In Round II, the candidates will ... Read More

10Questions Update: Welcome AOL!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 6 2007

We’re pleased to announce that America Online is now a cosponsor of 10Questions, and people can use their video platform to post questions to the site—though you still have to remember to tag videos ... Read More

Welcome TeacherTube!

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, November 5 2007

In an effort to get students more involved on 10Questions, we've added a new section to the site called "Student Voices" and added TeacherTube as a co-sponsor and video uploading platform. Welcome TeacherTube! Read More

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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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In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

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In Pakistan, A Hypocritical Gov't Ignores Calls To End YouTube Ban

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan by executive order since September 2012, after the “blasphemous” video Innocence of Muslims started riots in the Middle East. Since then, civil society organizations and Internet rights advocacy groups like Bolo Bhi and Bytes for All have been working to lift the ban. Last August the return of YouTube seemed imminent—the then-new IT Minister Anusha Rehman spoke optimistically and her party, which had won the majority a few months before, was said to be “seriously contemplating” ending the ban. And yet since then, Rehman and her party, the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), have done everything in their power to maintain the status quo.

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The #NotABugSplat Campaign Aims to Give Drone Operators Pause Before They Strike

In the #NotABugSplat campaign that launched this week, a group of American, French and Pakistani artists sought to raise awareness of the effects of drone strikes by placing a field-sized image of a young girl, orphaned when a drone strike killed her family, in a heavily targeted region of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Its giant size is visible to those who operate drone strikes as well as in satellite imagery. GO

Boston and Cambridge Move Towards More Open Data

The Boston City Council is now considering an ordinance which would require Boston city agencies and departments to make government data available online using open standards. Boston City Councilor At Large Michelle Wu, who introduced the legislation Wednesday, officially announced her proposal Monday, the same day Boston Mayor Martin Walsh issued an executive order establishing an open data policy under which all city departments are directed to publish appropriate data sets under established accessibility, API and format standards. GO

YouTube Still Blocked In Turkey, Even After Courts Rule It Violates Human Rights, Infringes on Free Speech

Reuters reports that even after a Turkish court ruled to lift the ban on YouTube, Turkey's telecommunications companies continue to block the video sharing site.

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Everything You Need to Know About Social Media and India's General Election

The biggest democratic election in the world to date is taking place in India from April 7 to May 14, and, for the first time in India, the results might hinge on who runs a better social media campaign. The Mumbai research firm Iris Knowledge Foundation has said that Facebook will “wield a tremendous influence” but Indian politicians are not limiting their attentions to India's most popular social media platform. In addition to virtual campaigning are initiatives to inform, educate and encourage Indians to participate in their democracy.

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