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MTV/MySpace To Ask Obama Top Question from 10Questions Monday

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 26 2007

Breaking news: The top community-voted question on 10Questions.com as of 10 AM EST on Monday, 10/29 will be asked in that day's MySpace/MTV Obama dialogue, which is taking place at 1:30 EST at Coe College in Cedar ... Read More

10Questions.com Update 10/24/07: New Features

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 24 2007

We’ve been working on tweaking the 10Questions.com site to make it easier for people to find video questions of interest to them. Details on all the new features below...plus our daily roundup of bloggers talking about ... Read More

10Questions.com Update 10/24/07: New Features

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 24 2007

We’ve been working on tweaking the 10Questions.com site to make it easier for people to find video questions of interest to them. Details on all the new features below...plus our daily roundup of bloggers talking about ... Read More

Data Wars: DNC vs RNC

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 23 2007

The Republican National Committee just launched a new online game called Scariest Democrat, a Halloween-themed contest attacking the Democratic presidential field that invites visitors to "click on the Scariest ... Read More

10Questions.com Update 10/23/07

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 23 2007

The New York Times Editorial Board weighed in with a big statement on their support for 10Questions.com today. Plus, nine more videos were added to 10Questions Monday, bringing the total to 56. We were flirting with ... Read More

10Questions.com Update 10/23/07

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 23 2007

The New York Times Editorial Board weighed in with a big statement on their support for 10Questions.com today. Plus, nine more videos were added to 10Questions Monday, bringing the total to 56. We were flirting with ... Read More

10Questions.com Update 10/22/07

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 22 2007

Our first weekend saw about 7,000 unique visits over Saturday and Sunday, bringing 10Questions.com to a total of nearly 24,000 since launch. Among our co-sponsors, the weekend saw big news portals like MSNBC and the New ... Read More

10Questions.com Update 10/22/07

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 22 2007

Our first weekend saw about 7,000 unique visits over Saturday and Sunday, bringing 10Questions.com to a total of nearly 24,000 since launch. Among our co-sponsors, the weekend saw big news portals like MSNBC and the New ... Read More

Chris Dodd Moment Grows

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 22 2007

As I wrote over the weekend, there is definitely a Dodd boomlet happening among the netroots. The signs are there in the DailyKos straw poll, in his fundraising, his YouTube viewers and Facebook trends. Read More

techPresident Nominated for Best Weblog!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 22 2007

We received an email today from Ole Tangen Jr., the English Editor of "The BOBs" telling us that techPresident has been nominated "as one of the best blogs in the world" out of more than 7,000 submitted. If you agree, go ... 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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