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Marshall Ganz on the Future of the Obama Movement

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 20 2008

Monday I was up at Harvard to give a talk to Nicco Mele's class at the Institute of Politics on "The Making of the President 2.0: How the Internet is Changing the Political Game." (The powerpoint is here.) While I was ... Read More

Could a "Craigslist for Service" Actually Work?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, November 19 2008

When my aunt and uncle-in-law emailed me on November 6th, asking for some advice on what they can do to help Barack Obama "address the great challenges that he and our country face moving forward," I was ... Read More

Eric Schmidt on Technology, National Infrastructure and Public Policy

BY Sarah Granger | Tuesday, November 18 2008

The following are notes from Eric Schmidt's talk at the New America Foundation today in Washington, D.C., as taken via webcast. Schmidt is largely known as the Chairman and CEO of Google, but he is also the Chairman of ... Read More

Transparency and CGI

BY Editors | Monday, November 17 2008

Watching the news media and a few hard cases in the blogosphere wring their hands over the vetting of former President Bill Clinton's philanthropy in the wake of President-Elect Obama's offer of the State Department to ... Read More

My.BarackObama.gov

BY Patrick Ruffini | Monday, November 17 2008

As Republicans debate how to rebuild the party with new technology and stronger grassroots, watch for the media to fawn all over Obama's use of the Internet as President as he brings (some) of the tactics of his winning ... Read More

Pride and Participation: Election Day Exhibitionism Thrives

BY Sarah Granger | Thursday, November 13 2008

This election had many firsts, but before we move on entirely to the new administration, the special meaning evoked November 4 by rejuvenating American democracy should not be undervalued or forgotten. Not only did ... Read More

Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, Embarrassed Online? [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 13 2008

Uh-oh. The day has finally arrived, when future White House employees must ask themselves, "Is that Facebook wall post still up where I ______?" "Did X tag me in that photo on Flickr, or will people not recognize me?" ... Read More

Obama Transition Names New Media Staff

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 12 2008

TalkingPointsMemo has the scoop on the Obama transition's internet outreach team. Greg Sargent writes: A transition source tells us that that Macon Phillips, a key Obama campaign Web official, has been tapped to head new ... Read More

Change.gov vs. Change.org

BY Editors | Wednesday, November 12 2008

If President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team are looking for a model that uses the power of social networks and citizen democracy to open up government, they ought to bring their own homepage - Change.gov - ... Read More

Fireside Chats in the Digital Age

BY Editors | Monday, November 10 2008

There isn't anything like a good campaign to get your heart pumping. Whether you are knocking on doors, making phone calls, dropping literature, or hosting a fundraiser, you can contribute in a big-picture way, ... 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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