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ActBlue Tallies One Millionth Contribution

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, May 10 2010

The netroots online fundraising platform ActBlue passed a big milestone today: it tallied the one-millionth contribution to flow through its system since being founded in 2004. The group's director of communications, ... Read More

ActBlue Opens Real-Time Stream of Donor Data for Dem Campaigns

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 26 2010

Democratic fundraising powerhouse ActBlue has just finished engineering a way for the many Democratic campaign who use the Salsa platform to get a steady stream of updates on who's raising what online on their behalf in ... Read More

One-Click Funding?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 10 2010

One further note on cold hard cash money from last night's session in Manhattan that had to do with the future of the left's grassroots in the Obama era. Read More

Right-roots vs Net-roots: Whose Online Donor Base is Bigger?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 5 2010

How big are the right-roots? And how do they stack up against the net-roots? I've been asking that question of various people lately, and also looking at some of the metrics available, as both sides of the American ... Read More

Can the Netroots Recondition Congress?

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, February 22 2010

Credit: Pavlov Museum While, at this moment in early 2010, a vast majority of Americans believe that the American system of government is broken -- 86%, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll that came out ... Read More

The Fine Art of Timing a Money Bomb

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 3 2009

(Updated to include DFA's actual remarks. They somehow got lost in editing. Sorry for the bother.) Read More

Online Left Bundles Dollars for Grayson

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 2 2009

It's perhaps cliched, but no less true, that Democratic Representative Alan Grayson of Florida is a Rorschach test of contemporary American politics. If you ask people working in politics about the fiery, hard-charging, ... Read More

Why You Build Ahead of Time: Wilson's Outburst Turns ActBlue Tap On for Miller [Updated]

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 11 2009

UPDATE: ActBlue announces that Rob Miller has been fundraising on the site at a rate of $7 per second since Joe Wilson's outburst Wednesday night. The mean contribution size, says the company in a press release, has ... Read More

Daily Digest: Fundraising Frenzies Upending Close Contests

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 20 2008

The Web on the Candidates Bachmann's Remarks Spark Netroots Retaliation: The full fury of the progressive netroots has turned on Minnesota Republican congressman Michelle Bachmann -- and it might put her House seat in ... Read More

Daily Digest: From Local Gadfly to Internationally Known

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, October 1 2008

The Web on the Candidates The Email Heard 'Round the World: The LA Times' Erika Hayasaki has the back story on Anne Kilkenny. Anne Kil-who? Oh, you know, the Alaskan who wrote an email critiquing her fellow Wasillan ... 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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