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What "Targeted Internet Advertising" Looks Like

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 3 2012

The Obama campaign has purchased ad space that occupies the entire background of the Des Moines Register's homepage today, the day of the Iowa caucuses. Read More

From YouTube to Facebook, New Digital Targeting Helps Romney Campaign Reach Voters

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, December 22 2011

Mitt Romney's preroll ad on a Bloomberg clip playing on YouTube in Iowa

Mitt Romney's campaign team has carefully planned a digital ad blitz over the year as it hunts for voters in every virtual nook and cranny in the emerging post-live television world, and is now blanketing Iowa in targeted online ads that use just about every new trick in the Internet marketing playbook. Read More

Spotting Obama's Alpha Geeks

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 12 2011

In a brief for GQ, Reid Cherlin — once a White House spokesman — spots the programmers working on President Barack Obama's re-election effort. Click through for the vignette from his former boss' campaign headquarters; Cherlin will be covering New Hampshire 2012 for the magazine. Read More

Do Sen. McCain's Tweets Hint at a Future Presidential Endorsement?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, December 8 2011

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said that he isn't going to endorse any Republican presidential candidate any time soon, but he may have blown his cover with a recent series of tweets. Though the Arizona senator was ... Read More

New Pew Study Explores Twitter's Political Echo Chamber, Finds It Loves Ron Paul

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, December 8 2011

Political conversations on Twitter are more volatile than those taking place on blogs or in mainstream news sources, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. ... Read More

Obama's Golfing Habit Spurs New Romney Fundraising Microsite

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, December 8 2011

As populist outrage continues to run unabated outside of the Beltway, both President Obama's re-election campaign and Mitt Romney's team are racing to paint each other as part of the out-of-touch one percent. Read More

Occupy Wall Street Inspires a Moneybomb

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, December 7 2011

Fundly.com Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer hopes that his support for the Occupy Wall Street movement can translate into fundraising support with the launch of a moneybomb initiative, "$99,000 for the 99 percent," ... Read More

Team Obama Joins Google Plus

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 23 2011

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has joined Google Plus with a new Plus page. Obama joins former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich himself, Herman Cain's ... Read More

Cash-Strapped But Hopeful, Buddy Roemer Looks to Build a Base Online

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, November 10 2011

If you tuned into the Republican presidential debates last night, you didn't see Buddy Roemer, the former Louisiana governor. But if you were following along on Twitter, you would have seen him right there in the ... Read More

OFA Invites Supporters to iCal for Obama

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 7 2011

An Obama for America email, sent yesterday and signed by national field director Jeremy Bird, unveils a new online toy from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign: Today, we're rolling out an interactive campaign ... Read More

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Civic Hackers Call on de Blasio to Fill Technology Vacancies

New York City technology advocates on Wednesday called on the de Blasio administration to fill vacancies in top technology policy positions, expressing some frustration at the lack of a leadership team to implement a cohesive technology strategy for the city. GO

China's Porn Purge Has Only Just Begun, And Already Sina Is Stripped of Publication License

It seems that China is taking spring cleaning pretty seriously. On April 13 they launched their most recent online purge, “Cleaning the Web 2014,” which will run until November. The goal is to rid China's Internet of pornographic text, pictures, video, and ads in order to “create a healthy cyberspace.” More than 100 websites and thousands of social media accounts have already been closed, after less than a month. Today the official Xinhua news agency reported that the authorities have stripped the Internet giant Sina (of Sina Weibo, the popular microblogging site) of its online publication license. This crackdown on porn comes on the heels of a crackdown on “rumors.” Clearly, this spring cleaning isn't about pornography, it's about censorship and control.

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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

What Has the EU Ever Done For Us?: Countering Euroskepticism with Viral Videos and Monty Python

Ahead of the May 25 European Elections, the most intense campaigning may not be by the candidates or the political parties. Instead, some of the most passionate campaigns are more grassroots efforts focused on for a start stirring up the interest of the European electorate. 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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