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Daily Digest: Obama's Outreach (Or Lack Thereof)

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 30 2008

A North Carolina reporter/blogger sneaks into a closed Clinton event, and he feels okay about it; MoveOn the 15 finalists in its Obama in 30 Seconds contest; another contest from Project Breakout seeks to send bloggers ... Read More

Livestreaming Hillary in Indiana

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 29 2008

This is neat: GroundReport livestreamed Hillary Clinton's meeting with the Indianapolis Star: Read More

Daily Digest: Wright's 15 Minutes of Fame

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 29 2008

Blogosphere reactions to Obama's Fox appearance; Jeremiah Wright gives everyone something to keep writing about; two college students and superdelegates are turning to YouTube to decide their votes; a roundup of Micah ... Read More

Daily Digest: Wright's 15 Minutes of Fame

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 29 2008

Blogosphere reactions to Obama's Fox appearance; Jeremiah Wright gives everyone something to keep writing about; two college students and superdelegates are turning to YouTube to decide their votes; a roundup of Micah ... Read More

Daily Digest: Is McCain Too Soft?

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, April 28 2008

Journalists continue to pick apart Hillary's $10 million feat; Richard Viguerie asks if John McCain is too "soft" to run for president; a video shows Obama's supporters becoming less gracious over time; remember life ... Read More

Daily Digest: Is McCain Too Soft?

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, April 28 2008

Journalists continue to pick apart Hillary's $10 million feat; Richard Viguerie asks if John McCain is too "soft" to run for president; a video shows Obama's supporters becoming less gracious over time; remember life ... Read More

Who Said Hillary Doesn't Get Any Voter-Generated Videos?

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 25 2008

This is a over a month old, but I don't care. It comes direct from PdF's newest powerhouse Joshua Sherman, who has his eagle eyes spread across the world wide web. I can't believe I missed this before. Enjoy your Friday ... Read More

Daily Digest: Presidential Fail

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 25 2008

Virtually identical Clinton ads ask for $50 and $5 donations; Obama's site briefly hacked; the Fail Blog gets political; and the Philadelphia Inquirer discovers the web and politics. Read More

Daily Digest: Presidential Fail

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 25 2008

Virtually identical Clinton ads ask for $50 and $5 donations; Obama's site briefly hacked; the Fail Blog gets political; and the Philadelphia Inquirer discovers the web and politics. Read More

Favorite Videos of the Week: Anti-McCainiana Abounds

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 25 2008

In this week’s favorite videos, we take a look at the anti-McCainiana that’s abounding on YouTube, with non-affiliated progressive voter groups filling in the vacuum left by the Democratic candidates who are ... 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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