Daily Digest | Everyone's Still A-Twitter About Iran
BY Editors | Wednesday, June 17 2009
- Iran Roundup: Facts and Framing The role of social media in Iran, the seeming insatiable hunger to declare the events there a Twitter/Not Twitter Revolution, and the validity of assumptions about the power of technology to overthrow governments (or at least get votes recounted) has been much covered in all manner of press this week. Much covered. Read on for Nancy's attempt to condense that frankly overwhelming flow of news and commentary into a slightly more manageable stream of Iran-related and Iran-related-related information.
- Brothers-in-Tweets Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), who previously gained attention for tweeting the details of a sensitive trip to Iraq, connects the use of Twitter in and around Iran's post-election resistance to last year's #dontgo protests, which erupted after Republicans refused to leave the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Can We Handle New Government? A Look at State Department Outreach to Twitter HQ It's rather striking, edifying -- downright breathtaking even -- to see the news that a State Department employee had reached out to someone at Twitter to suggest that perhaps now wasn't the best time for a service interruption. Not because of the actual incident, but because the media could make you think that Barack Obama himself got on his Blackberry to Twitter HQ.
- FCC.gov: Political Exclusion Through Bad UI There was one illuminating exchange in yesterday's otherwise vapid Senate confirmation hearing of Julius Genachowski. Senate Commerce Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) raised the idea that the Federal Communications Commission isn't helped by the fact that the FCC's website at FCC.gov is a case study in obfuscation through ugliness, an unequal political playing field tilted worse by horrid user interface.
- PdF Chat Time with Jim Gilliam Shortly before the 2008 election, Jim Gilliam started WhiteHouse2, a website imagining how the White House might work if it was run completely democratically by thousands of people over the internet. He is currently turning this into NationBuilder, a platform anyone can use to bring democracy to their government, business or non-profit in a radical and fun new way. Check out Anna's interview with him.