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Stop the Presses! Congress Has a Case of the Twitters

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 12 2009

Twitter / ChuckGrassley

Are we quickly nearing the day when reporting on technology and politics becomes simply, you know, reporting on politics? The horror! But you can't open a newspaper know without reading about how Congressman Jones going straight to constituents using this newfangled thing called the Twitter. Case in point: this Time Magazine by Jay Newton-Small rounding up who's tweeting what on Capitol Hill. For what it's worth, Pete Hoekstra isn't making any apologies for all that posting to Twitter while on a codel in Baghdad. And if the thrill has worn off of Claire McCaskill's refreshingly honest and slightly zany tweets, might we suggest a new senatorial tweeter: Iowa's Chuck Grassley. It seems to be Grassley, all right. A staffer couldn't get away with "On way bk to frigid waterloo. Will my car start at airport." Fully spelled-out words and correct punctuation are about as common in Grassley's Twitter stream as an ethanol-hating politician is in Des Moines.

News Briefs

RSS Feed thursday >

First POST: Creeping

Senator Al Franken's tough questions for Uber's CEO; how the NSA could make its phone metadata program permanent; global privacy groups launch a personal spyware catcher called Detekt; and much, much more. GO

Recreation.gov and other Govt Projects Move Toward Embracing New Digital Approach

A draft request for proposals for the revamping of Recreation.gov will include a requirement that reservation availability data be publicly accessible and that all proposals detail how they will enable third-party sales, as two members of the United States Digital Services have joined the government team overseeing the RFP, meeting some key demands of civic technologists and consumer oriented technology companies. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Ubermenschens

Surge-pricing in effect for Uber privacy violations; why "privacy" policies should be called "data usage" policies; pols silent on Uber mess; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Uber Falles

Uber exposed for plan to dig up dirt on journalist critics; sneaking a SOPA provision into the USA Freedom Act; high-speed free WiFi coming to NYC; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Differences

How to use Twitter to circumvent campaign coordination rules; the net neutrality debate keeps getting hotter; charting the gender balance at dataviz conference using dataviz; and much, much more. GO

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