Daily Digest | Rep. Dean Heller's Twitter Imposter Reveals All
BY Editors | Friday, June 12 2009
- How Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) Got Pwned on Twitter At least one author of the "Best Congressional Tweets of the Week" isn't actually a real Member of Congress. So if you are one of the 645 people who have been following the account of @deanheller, thinking that you were communing with the Republican congressman from Nevada's second district, think again. You've been had by "Anon Guy."
- Social Media Still a No-No at White House, Walter Reed One place in Washington DC where a vetted and thoughtful justification should be expected before cutting off the free flow of information and engagement of the Internet, might be Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Soldiers recuperating at Walter Reed should, many of us likely believe, be able to make use of Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and the like unless doing so posed a serious risk. But despite an Army directive, soldiers there still can't move about freely online.
- Civic Literacy and Digital Engagement An encouraging sign from the increasingly wired White House that they're hearing the critique that not everyone in the circa-2009 U.S. is ready or able to engage online -- submitting YouTube questions to the President online, or interact with a website for voting up or down open government ideas, to highlight two examples. So now they're asking for advice for how to increase citizens' participation in government.
- Congress: President's Regulators Still Putting Politics Before Science President George W. Bush, said critics, used the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to override the public interest in science, technology, and other public policymaking with political and business considerations. But President Barack Obama, his supporters say, has taken steps to ensure that the OIRA never gets in the way of science. Or has he?
- Follow the Iranian Election (And Watch the Aftermath) This time tomorrow, Iran may have a new president-elect. The polls opened just over an hour ago, and if you're awake, you can get tech-related updates on Twitter via @Iran09. Check out more online highlights of the election here.
- Moussavi's Broad Blogospheric Appeal Mapping out the links that connect the top two contenders for Iran's presidency -- the hard-line sitting president Mahmood Ahmadinejad and the reformist candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi's -- we see a pattern familiar from the last months of the '08 presidential race in the U.S. Similar to what we saw with Obama just before that vote, Moussavi isn't just being talked about more than his opponent in the blogosphere at large. He's being talked about more in the traditionally non-political parts of that blogosphere. Is Moussavi the Iranian Obama?
- Announcing this year's PdF Google Fellows Together with our friends at Google, we're happy to announce the twenty remarkable recipients of this year's Google Fellowship to the Personal Democracy Forum conference. This year's Google Fellows stood out from our largest and most competitive pool of applicants thus far. See the list of lucky folks.