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The Return of Hillary's "Conversation"

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 3 2008

Today North Carolinian airwaves were hit with a new ad from Hillary Clinton. This one doesn't try to scare the bejeezus out of you with creepy stories of late-night mortgage crises. No, this ad heralds the return of ... Read More

Daily Digest: Obama Girl Is Out?

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 3 2008

Clay Shirky talks to Salon about online organizing, Obama Girl, and more; polls show Obama Girl is getting tiresome; the Hillary Clinton Deathwatch is keeping a close eye on Hillary's chances; Jeff Jarvis asks who should ... Read More

Daily Digest: Obama Girl Is Out?

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 3 2008

Clay Shirky talks to Salon about online organizing, Obama Girl, and more; polls show Obama Girl is getting tiresome; the Hillary Clinton Deathwatch is keeping a close eye on Hillary's chances; Jeff Jarvis asks who should ... Read More

Daily Digest: McCain Does Burning Man

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 2 2008

McCain does Burning Man -- not; more info on political Twitter spam; the DCCC announces convention credentials for state bloggers; Congresspeople in Second Life; cheesy Hillary video creator runs for Clinton convention ... Read More

Daily Digest: McCain Does Burning Man

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 2 2008

McCain does Burning Man -- not; more info on political Twitter spam; the DCCC announces convention credentials for state bloggers; Congresspeople in Second Life; cheesy Hillary video creator runs for Clinton convention ... Read More

Hillary Twitters! It's A Bowl-Off!

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 1 2008

When I spotted one of those campaign trail pieces about Barack Obama's bowling adventures, I shrugged it off as just a product of a slow day. But someone else was apparently paying attention, and posted a very special ... Read More

Daily Digest: More UK Twittering (And Less in the US)

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 1 2008

Giving credit to Obama for the uptick in youth voting, and dissing Rock the Vote; the Internet is making it easier than ever to find information about the candidates; Paul Begala revives the art of the faux-Blackberry ... Read More

Daily Digest: More UK Twittering (And Less in the US)

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 1 2008

Giving credit to Obama for the uptick in youth voting, and dissing Rock the Vote; the Internet is making it easier than ever to find information about the candidates; Paul Begala revives the art of the faux-Blackberry ... Read More

Restricting Data in CA

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, March 31 2008

The movement towards transparency and free information in government is gaining ground, yet a rec Read More

Daily Digest: The First Twitter Interview?

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, March 31 2008

Data from Compete shows that while Obama's site gets more hits, Clinton's gets more attention; a mayoral candidate in London submits to possibly the first political interview on Twitter; look out for the Wall Tweet ... 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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