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The Most Powerful List in American Politics

BY Luigi Montanez | Sunday, November 9 2008

Much has been written about what’s next for the national movement that sprung up around the Obama campaign. The fruit of the Obama campaign’s organizational prowess is a multi-million member supporter list, ... Read More

Change.gov Pulls Its Agenda

BY Michael Whitney | Sunday, November 9 2008

As Nancy noted on Thursday, President-elect Obama's transition website, Change.gov, "echoes [the] campaign pledge of open government." The site's "Agenda" section detailed the Obama Administration's policy promises and ... Read More

What Next for My.BarackObama.com?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, November 8 2008

Lots of people are wondering what will happen to the Obama campaigns huge network of online supporters and on-the-ground organizers. For example, Gara Lamarche, the president of the Atlantic Philanthropies is Read More

The Ball on the Mall

BY Michael Turk | Friday, November 7 2008

Liza Sabater and I were trading lighthearted tweets about this the other day, but the more I think about it, the more I really think I'd like to see it. One aspect of the transition of Presidential power that has always ... Read More

"Whoa! It's Not Over Yet!": Getting Ready for "The Organizing of the President" Chicago, 7pm Tonight at DePaul Univ.

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 6 2008

I'm still mulling what I'm going to say tonight at "The Organizing of the President," but here are two hints. First, let me recycle this long Obama quote from the post I did earlier this year on "Obama's Organization, ... Read More

Chicago Event: What's Next for the Obama Movement? The Organizing of the President (11.6.08)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 5 2008

I'm going to be speaking on a panel tomorrow organized by Al Giordano and the FieldHands, along with Nate Silver and Sean Quinn of 538 and Tara Brownlee, the head of Obama's Illinois Field Department. The topic, which Al ... Read More

Obama Should Build on Diversity

BY Editors | Wednesday, November 5 2008

[This post is reposted with permission from Valdis Krebs' blog Network Weaving.] Congratulations Mr. Community Organizer! You beat them with the strategy they mocked. Recently, I read an amazing book about Abe Lincoln -- ... Read More

What Happens to the Obama Network After the Election? (2)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 3 2008

What happens to Obama's network after the election? The answer depends a lot on decisions Obama and his top aides will make, but thanks to the lateral networking tools available to everyone online, the answer to that ... Read More

Obama Bandwagon Effect on Facebook

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 3 2008

I think this picture says it pretty clearly. In the last two weeks, Barack Obama has gained nearly 400,000 new friends on Facebook, a 20% increase in that short period of time. Wow. I guess the surge is working. Read More

What Happens to the Obama Network After the Election? (1)

BY Editors | Monday, November 3 2008

[What happens to the Obama "network" after the election? Lots of people are turning their attention to this question, and here at techPresident and our sister site, PersonalDemocracy.com, we're going to be exploring it ... 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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