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Self-Promotion Alert: NPR's Sunday Soapbox

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 18 2008

Today NPR launched their new Sunday Soapbox feature, in which a trio of bloggers will be writing about the election and posting audio podcasts of their commentary. The podcasts will be hosted on the Sunday Soapbox site ... Read More

Daily Digest: The First 21st Century Campaign?

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 18 2008

Ronald Brownstein says we're in the midst of the first truly 21st century campaign; Eventful goes local; MoveOn petitions against ABC; Ethan Zuckerman and the Berkman crew watch their favorite YouTube videos; the Village ... Read More

Daily Digest: The First 21st Century Campaign?

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 18 2008

Ronald Brownstein says we're in the midst of the first truly 21st century campaign; Eventful goes local; MoveOn petitions against ABC; Ethan Zuckerman and the Berkman crew watch their favorite YouTube videos; the Village ... Read More

Our Favorite Videos Of The Week: Baracky Obamaboa

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 18 2008

In this week’s favorite videos, the campaigns get creative and retro, with Nader, Clinton, and Obama producing new campaign ads; Eyeblast.tv offers a retrospective of voter-generated video; and Baracky rises from ... Read More

A Million in a Minute for Obama?

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 17 2008

This just in: Katherine Seelye at the New York Times reports on an initiative from an Obama supporter that sounds like Ron Paul on steroids. Some fans of Senator Barack Obama have set up a new Web site with the goal of ... Read More

Daily Digest: Hillary Follows No One (On Twitter)

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 17 2008

Last night's debate is roundly criticized on liberal blogs; a new site asks Obama supporters to add their testimonials; a London Mayoral candidate will hold a live chat with voters; a nostalgic look at voter-generated ... Read More

Daily Digest: Hillary Follows No One (On Twitter)

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, April 17 2008

Last night's debate is roundly criticized on liberal blogs; a new site asks Obama supporters to add their testimonials; a London Mayoral candidate will hold a live chat with voters; a nostalgic look at voter-generated ... Read More

The Boss Endorses Barack

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 16 2008

A blogger calling himself the “Boss,” who lives somewhere on E Street, has written that he’s endorsing Barack Obama for president. Read More

Daily Digest: Cindy McCain's Farfalle Scandal

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 16 2008

Cindy McCain steals recipes from the web!; Jay Rosen has it out with members of the MSM covering Bittergate; Aaron Swartz launches the excellent watchdog.net; a new vid pairs John McCain with George Bush, again; the ... Read More

Daily Digest: Cindy McCain's Farfalle Scandal

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 16 2008

Cindy McCain steals recipes from the web!; Jay Rosen has it out with members of the MSM covering Bittergate; Aaron Swartz launches the excellent watchdog.net; a new vid pairs John McCain with George Bush, again; the ... Read More

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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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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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