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New Contributors, New Charts.

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 15 2008

It’s spring, and time for some housekeeping news. First, we are very, very pleased to announce a handful of new contributors to the site. Some have already posted, others will shortly, and they all are guaranteed ... Read More

Daily Digest: Hillary Conveys That "Conversation" Feeling

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 15 2008

Voto Latino and Sí TV team up to produce a citizen journalism contest called Crash the Parties; Wonkette is sold, memories are triggered; Steve Johnson compares ants to politics; more on Mayhill Fowler, the citizen ... Read More

Daily Digest: Hillary Conveys That "Conversation" Feeling

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, April 15 2008

Voto Latino and Sí TV team up to produce a citizen journalism contest called Crash the Parties; Wonkette is sold, memories are triggered; Steve Johnson compares ants to politics; more on Mayhill Fowler, the citizen ... Read More

Rasiej on NPR

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, April 14 2008

TechPresident publisher Andrew Rasiej was on Talk of the Nation earlier today, talking about how government is plenty up to date when it comes to doing online tax returns, but when it comes to deciding how to spend those ... Read More

We've Been Had: McCain Girls Revealed!

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, April 14 2008

...In which your humble blogger realizes he's been had. The New York Times' Brian Stelter gets my utmost respect today: he reveals that the McCain Girls -- three women with window-cracking voices that did their best to ... Read More

Daily Digest: Bittergate Bubbles Up

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, April 14 2008

The quest for the conservative MoveOn continues; Bittergate erupts from a citizen journalist's reporting; Bitter Voters for Obama supports their candidate; a Twitter feed reports every new superdelegate to declare his or ... Read More

Daily Digest: Bittergate Bubbles Up

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, April 14 2008

The quest for the conservative MoveOn continues; Bittergate erupts from a citizen journalist's reporting; Bitter Voters for Obama supports their candidate; a Twitter feed reports every new superdelegate to declare his or ... Read More

Daily Digest: A Barack Blowout?

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 11 2008

Because it's Friday, we bring you Bras for Hillary; Compete data shows a blowout for Barack Obama, but RealClearPolitics averages show a different story; are suffering from election fatigue?; GroundReport posts a ... Read More

Daily Digest: A Barack Blowout?

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 11 2008

Because it's Friday, we bring you Bras for Hillary; Compete data shows a blowout for Barack Obama, but RealClearPolitics averages show a different story; are suffering from election fatigue?; GroundReport posts a ... Read More

Favorite Videos of the Week: The Audacity of Eminem Impressions

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, April 11 2008

It's favorite video time! Andy Cobb laments the end of Hillary's run; Obama Girl returns (again); Elton John enters U.S. politics; a conservative rapper does that really-fast-rapping thing like Eminem; and Barack Obama ... Read More

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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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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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