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A New Open Data Push from the Governor in New York State

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 10 2013

In his State of the State speech Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would implement a comprehensive statewide open data portal as part of a renewed focus on transparency. Called Open New York and culled from his list of campaign promises, the initiative aims to "harness technology to show how taxpayer money is being spent, showcase the great resources of the state, and foster productive engagement with government," Cuomo promised in his prepared remarks. Read More

First POST: Lewp-de-Loop

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: A new way to access data about bills before Congress; Jack Lew's signature mystifies the press; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Duck, Duck, President

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, January 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Revisiting the president's visit to Reddit; the ongoing debate over gun-ownership data; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Taking Knocks

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, January 8 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted with a gag gift after returning to work Monday. Photo: Courtesy State Department

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: An online campaign against Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel; a new look at the 2012 presidential campaign's online ad war; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Inauguratomaton

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, January 7 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The Presidential Inauguration Committee's Ticketmaster follies and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Applying the Spin

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, December 19 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Continuing to make sense of Internet politics after the World Conference on International Telecommunications; negotiating with Obama; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Developing Story

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, December 18 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Tracking the aftermath of the World Conference on International Telecommunications; exploring the pitfalls of social media use by people trying to track the Newtown, Conn. shootings; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Aftermath

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, December 17 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Understanding how people used social media to communicate — or miscommunicate — during the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.; Hillary Clinton's thing for small, innovative projects; revisiting "The Innocence of Muslims;" and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Vetting

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, December 14 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: A fresh look at MoveOn's new move; a harsh eye on Newark Mayor Cory Booker's time in office; and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

What Has the EU Ever Done For Us?: Countering Euroskepticism with Viral Videos and Monty Python

Ahead of the May 25 European Elections, the most intense campaigning may not be by the candidates or the political parties. Instead, some of the most passionate campaigns are more grassroots efforts focused on for a start stirring up the interest of the European electorate. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

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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