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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

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

What Has the EU Ever Done For Us?: Countering Euroskepticism with Viral Videos and Monty Python

Ahead of the May 25 European Elections, the most intense campaigning may not be by the candidates or the political parties. Instead, some of the most passionate campaigns are more grassroots efforts focused on for a start stirring up the interest of the European electorate. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

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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