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Nominations to the Federal Election Commission Announced

BY Mike Krempasky | Friday, December 16 2005

Big news on Friday evening, folks. The President intends to nominate Robert D. Lenhard, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission, for the remainder of a six-year term expiring April 30, 2011. Mr. ... Read More

Bloggers 1, Campaign Regulators 0

BY Mike Krempasky | Thursday, November 17 2005

Some great news out of the Federal Election Commission today. In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Commission voted to approve an Advisory Opinion for FiredUp, agreeing that the partisan Democratic sites were entitled to the ... Read More

Re: Congress Considers Blogs & Internet Regulations

BY Mike Krempasky | Thursday, September 22 2005

To their credit, Chairman Ney and the House Committee on Administration has the archived webcast of today's hearing online already. You can find it here. Duncan Black and I are on the second panel - he starts around 1:20 ... Read More

Like Used Car Salesmen, but with RSS

BY Mike Krempasky | Friday, September 16 2005

I suppose good marketers can market everything - even themselves. But please. If I find one more self-styled and self-lauded “blog consultant” who can’t keep the porn trackbacks off their own site (or, failing that ... Read More

Progressives: wake up, campaign "finance" is killing you

BY Mike Krempasky | Friday, July 29 2005

Ah, if it were only me making the case, you'd rightly dismiss me as a right wing yahoo. But today brings Bob Bauer (whose progressive credentials are unimpeachable, if you'll pardon the pun) whose remarks to the American ... Read More

On Schundler and software

BY Mike Krempasky | Thursday, July 21 2005

I very much enjoyed Kate's piece on Bret Schundler and his new foray into the software market. I thought it might be interesting to share an chat I had with Schundler at the RNC convention in New York City last summer. ... Read More

Municipal Wi-Fi - why the sacred cow?

BY Mike Krempasky | Friday, June 10 2005

We've had it drummed into us that as folks that support technology's influence on politics - especially as a democratizing force, it follows that we must then support widespread deployment of municipal or ... Read More

DOCUMENT: Online Coalition Response to FEC

BY Mike Krempasky | Wednesday, June 1 2005

The Online Coalition is pleased to release our official comment to the Federal Election Commission in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding political activity on the internet. This comment will be ... Read More

What does the business end of the FEC look like?

BY Mike Krempasky | Wednesday, June 1 2005

We've written thousands of words about the FEC and bloggers. But lucky for us, Allison Hayward just left the employ of the Federal Election Commission - and started a blog, The Skeptic's Eye. Today she outlines, in plain ... Read More

Dogs and cats, living together

BY Mike Krempasky | Friday, April 22 2005

Venkman: Rivers and seas boiling! Egon: 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanos. Winston: The dead rising from the grave! Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats, living together... mass hysteria! Also known as the ... Read More

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Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.

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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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