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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

First POST: Transitions

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, December 13 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Changes for the White House's transparency initiatives, a cri de coeur to Occupy, and more in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Romney Campaign Digital Director: Online Efforts Enjoyed Success

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, December 12 2012

In a blog post, Zac Moffatt wrote that just because the Romney campaign lost the election doesn't mean its digital efforts were not successful. Read More

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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Weekly Readings: What the Govt Wants to Know

A roundup of interesting reads and stories from around the web. GO

Russia to Treat Bloggers Like Mass Media Because "the F*cking Journalists Won't Stop Writing"

The worldwide debate over who is and who isn't a journalist has raged since digital media made it much easier for citizen journalists and other “amateurs” to compete with the big guys. In the United States, journalists are entitled to certain protections under the law, such as the right to confidential sources. As such, many argue that blogging should qualify as journalism because independent writers deserve the same legal protections as corporate employees. In Russia, however, earning a place equal to mass media means additional regulations and obligations, which some say will lead to the repression of free speech.

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Politics for People: Demanding Transparent and Ethical Lobbying in the EU

Today the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) launched a campaign called Politics for People that asks candidates for the European Parliament to pledge to stand up to secretive industry lobbyists and to advocate for transparency. The Politics for People website connects voters with information about their MEP candidates and encourages them to reach out on Facebook, Twitter or by email to ask them to sign the pledge.

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Security Agencies Given Full Access to Telecom Data Even Though "All Lebanese Can Not Be Suspects"

In late March, Lebanese government ministers granted security agencies unrestricted access to telecommunications data in spite of some ministers objections that it violates privacy rights. Global Voices reports that the policy violates Lebanon's existing surveillance and privacy law, Law 140, but has gotten little coverage from the country's mainstream media.

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