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Moms Call In the Vote

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Monday, November 3 2008

No doubt, moms are a hot voting bloc. We'll all be looking to see if and how both married women and unmarried women turn out and vote tomorrow. TheMotherhood.com has launched this nifty new tool called "Moms Call In the ... Read More

Do you have to be a "political blogger" to be a blogger with political influence?

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Monday, June 9 2008

I shouldn't admit this, but the one single blog I check every day no matter what is PerezHilton.com. And I've noticed that in between Lauren Conrad dissings and celeb baby bump spottings, Perez gets pretty political. ... Read More

Moms Rising Asks Women to Send McCain their Resumes

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Thursday, April 24 2008

Check out this approach to calling out John McCain on his Neaderthal response to the Fair Pay Act, from MomsRising: Yesterday, the Senate failed to pass the Fair Pay Act. What was almost worse than that defeat, were the ... Read More

Where are all the women political bloggers? This new widget tells you, by state and party ID

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Wednesday, April 16 2008

In a further extension of BlogHer's mission to identify and promote women in the blogosphere, I wanted to let you know about our new widget- we're inviting women political bloggers to list themselves. Please spread the ... Read More

I'm just so psyched Hillary won Ohio

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Tuesday, March 4 2008

I just saw Josh Levy and he asked me to describe why Hillary won Ohio in 300 words or less...but I can't. I don't want to do a cerebral analysis on why Hillary won Ohio. I'm just...psyched. Hopeful. As a longtime, ... Read More

I'm over 30 and for Hillary, and so this "social media" thing is kind of irrelevant

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Thursday, February 7 2008

So I realized, I'm over 30, don't use Facebook or Twitter much, and I'm a Hillary supporter. I wasn't quite ready for Clinton's "Town Hall" on the Hallmark channel (I'll save that one for the over 60 crowd) but I feel as ... Read More

Are bloggers press? The LAPD doesn't seem to think so

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Wednesday, January 30 2008

I understand with every new medium there are some growing pains. There is debate to be had over which entities can call themselves "media" and which are not. Over what constitutes a "legitimate" news or information ... Read More

Candidates and Web Communities: How much do they matter?

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Wednesday, December 12 2007

Do Iowa and New Hampshire hold so much power that the world wide web is just dwarfed in comparison? It seems that way. Read More

"Swiftboating" themselves into a tizzy: Clinton, Obama, and Novak

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Saturday, November 17 2007

Do you think Robert Novak is sitting somewhere with Karl Rove, polishing edits to their respective columns, and laughing as Obama and Clinton's campaigns go into overdrive to defend themselves against an alleged piece of ... Read More

Clinton and the Gender Card: Perspectives

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Monday, November 5 2007

Feminist leader Gloria Feldt writes that the furor about Hillary Clinton and the gender card (see Pile On video) is a process of “desensitization” : we’re all trying to work out our collective discomfort with such ... Read More

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.

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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.

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The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.

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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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