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Newt's New Online Ad

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, March 7 2012

Newt Gingrich is celebrating his win in Georgia today with an online ad through Google that announces "Newt Wins Georgia - Keep the Momentum Going - Donate Today."

But as Gingrich continues with his campaign, he seems to still be struggling with keeping parts of his website online on election days.

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Did Newt Gingrich Lose Florida for Want of a Better API?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 2 2012

Slate's Sasha Issenberg has a great story outlining one narrative about Newt Gingrich's loss in Florida: He inspired a group of tech-savvy volunteers, but gave them no way to plug in to the campaign. Read More

Mitt Romney Doing Click-to-Call Voter-ID In Florida

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 31 2012

Mitt Romney's campaign is asking volunteers to use click-to-call tools to do voter identification for the campaign in Florida today.

First-time callers get a script prompting them to ask the person on the other end of the line if they're voting today and who they plan to vote for, and a web form where they can fill in the answers; it's entirely possible that folks who have made more calls get a more complex script.

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"Free Rand Paul" Rallying Cry for Liberty, Campaign Cash

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 24 2012

Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign is turning online to raise money from his son Sen. Rand Paul's run-in with the Transportation Security Administration Monday.

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First POST: Iowa Caucus Online

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 3 2012

Google's new election portal gives a bird's-eye view of the Iowa ground game on the day of the Republican caucuses there. As Iowans convene tonight to pick their choice of presidential nominee, here's a look at where the Internet is playing a part. Update 8:44 p.m.: CNN's Election Center page is carrying entrance polls headed into the caucuses, and Politico is streaming its "results show" live online. Read More

Gingrich Savvy On Facebook, Says Company's Political Team

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, December 12 2011

Current Republican presidential race frontrunner Newt Gingrich's Facebook's page is "a great example of providing many ways for supporters to get involved," according to Facebook's political team. 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

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

Newt Gingrich's Google Ad Buy Jumps the Cain Train

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, December 1 2011

Politico's Morning Score notes that Newt Gingrich is running ads on web searches for news about Herman Cain in Iowa and New Hampshire with the message "Support the Candidate that can win." In terms of web searches, that ... Read More

Watching Republican Candidates' 'Boomlets' Through Twitter

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 29 2011

Turns out the horse race of Republican presidential politics — who's up, who's down, who's having their "boomlet" or whatever Politico's calling it these days — tracks pretty close to a Twitter statistic. On ... 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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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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