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Sometimes, Google AdWords Finds the Right Audience. Sometimes, It Doesn't.

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 23 2011

Below is the GMail inbox of Todd Herman, the former chief digital strategist of the Republican National Committee. If you can't see too well, there's an Obama for America ad being served against his copy of that ... Read More

Obama DIY: First He Kills a Fly, Now He Comforts a Baby

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, June 22 2011

This video of President Obama taking a crying baby from First Lady Michele Obama while on a White House rope line, and then demonstrating some kind of presidential/parental magic touch, has earned more than half a ... Read More

Obama Campaign Now Recruiting 'Analysts and Data Geniuses,' Among Others

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign recently sent an email to selected people on its lists, seeking paid staffers to bolster its new media and web development operations. From the email, signed by Obama's chief ... Read More

Obama's Cheap and Dumb Campaign to Delete "Pointless and Stupid" .Gov Websites [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, June 15 2011

Remember when the White House thought the internet was cool, and made sure we all knew that President Obama was pressing government agencies to use the web to be more open, embracing social media (look, he's posted his ... Read More

Staged Presidential Photos, The Bell Tolls for Thee

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 1 2011

Remember the dust-up over staged photos of President Barack Obama taken after the president gave his statement on the death of Osama bin Laden? Resolved, Politico reports: A single designated pool photographer will snap ... Read More

In Warsaw, Obama Gets iPad Full of Polish Geekery

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

Photo credit: kampanianazywo.pl During the Polish stop of President Obama's European trip, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk gave the American president a special iPad2 -- one stuffed with artifacts of Polish geek ... Read More

Romney's Extra Slices: No Prank, Just Pizza

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 27 2011

TPM's Jon Terbush investigates and finds that Mitt Romney's sending over extra deep dish slices to Obama campaign headquarters yesterday, an act announced via tweet and TwitPic, seems to have been a sincere gesture. Or, ... Read More

Obama '12 Email Offer: Get Your $15 "Long Form" Mug

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The Obama '12 operation hit some portion of its email list with a fundraising ask that can probably fairly be called rather cheeky: for $15, according to one version of the email, you can get yourself a mug featuring ... Read More

Secret Service Questions WA Boy about Obama Facebook Post

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The U.S. Secret Service questioned a 13-year old Tacoma boy after he posted on Facebook a note that referenced Osama Bin Laden's death, Barack Obama, and suicide bombers. The boy's mom is upset that law enforcement ... Read More

Obama's WHCA Speech More Viewed in a Week Than Three Years of "A More Perfect Union"

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 5 2011

For what it's worth, it's happened: the YouTube video of Obama's jokey speech Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Association dinner has, in less than a week, pulled in more views than candidate Obama's ... 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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