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Turning Enthusiasm into Votes and Money

BY Joshua Levy | Sunday, October 15 2006

Another article appeared yesterday, this time in the Wall Street Journal, about the political campaigning uses of MySpace. It describes the experience of candidates like Chuck Poochigian, the Republican running for ... Read More

Questioning the Efficacy of Email Campaigns

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, October 13 2006

A tussle has developed among top political communications vendors over a study commissioned by Capitol Advantage that claims that thousands of emails citizens send to Congress aren't reaching Congress at all. If true, ... Read More

Helping the Community Cover the Debates

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, October 11 2006

How often do you wish for intelligent and diverse post-debate commentary? How about a place where you can discuss the salient points of the debate with others rather than watch people give their pre-packaged opinions on ... Read More

Allison Fine on the Connected Age

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 10 2006

Allison Fine, friend of PDF and author of the recently published Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, wrote a fantastic editorial in Sunday's Mercury News (you'll have to register for free to read it). ... Read More

Webcameron: Is the Medium the Message?

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 3 2006

While George Allen and Mark Foley get tangled up in YouTube and instant messaging, one British politician is using online social media to his advantage. David Cameron, the British MP and head of the Conservative Party, ... Read More

The First Netizen-Powered E-Debate

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, October 2 2006

The upcoming gubernatorial debate in Minnesota will run from October 9th to 19th. That's right, a ten-day long debate, made possible through the magic of citizen-powered media. The Minnesota Gubernatorial E-Debate will ... Read More

Who is the Face Behind the Sock?

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, September 29 2006

A few days ago The Hill reported that yet another campaign staffer doesn't understand that IP addresses (the network location of your computer) are traceable. Someone working for Rep. Charles Bass, a New Hampshire ... Read More

The People Choose 2006: The First Political YouTube?

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, September 27 2006

This election year it's all about citizen-generated content. Another site has launched that is promising big things in the way of citizen involvement in the campaign process. The People Choose 2006 is, frankly, a ... Read More

Citizen Information Gathering: Three Projects

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, September 26 2006

While many sites like RealClearPolitics do a great job of contextualizing campaigns with poll numbers and links to articles, they are often governed by a top-down structure that reflects an editorial vision. That's ... Read More

OneWebDay this Friday!

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, September 20 2006

Have you ever taken a step back from that email you're writing, the blog post you're mulling, or the web site you're designing and think about the how powerful the web is? How it's changed our lives, from our ... 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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