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Cheer Them On...Thank A Ranger

BY | Monday, February 18 2008

When I ran my first marathon, I have to tell Read More

No Bounce for McCain?

BY Ari Melber | Monday, February 18 2008

"Point out the bounce!" (As Jay-Z would say.) Read More

No Bounce for McCain?

BY Ari Melber | Monday, February 18 2008

"Point out the bounce!" (As Jay-Z would say.) Read More

Facebook Surveillance vs. Google Disappearance

BY Ari Melber | Monday, February 18 2008

When digital rights run in opposite directions. Read More

Thank you Senator Dodd

BY | Saturday, February 16 2008

Dear Friend, If I didn't see it with my own eyes on CSPAN 2, I would have never believed it. The United States Senate passed a bill Tuesday granting retroactive immunity to telecom companies that helped spy on Americans ... Read More

Barack Obama and the Long Tail of Politics

BY Editors | Saturday, February 16 2008

Are we seeing the birth of a new kind of mass, networked political mobilization happening before our eyes? That's the argument made by Isaac Garcia, CEO of Central Desktop, which has been working with the Obama campaign ... Read More

Barack Obama and the Long Tail of Politics

BY Editors | Saturday, February 16 2008

Are we seeing the birth of a new kind of mass, networked political mobilization happening before our eyes? That's the argument made by Isaac Garcia, CEO of Central Desktop, which has been working with the Obama campaign ... Read More

Screw you, FTD

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, February 15 2008

Two days I ago I ordered flowers for Nicole on FTD.com. Read More

Why "Lessig for Congress" Might Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 15 2008

There's a playful drive afoot to draft law professor, free-culture guru, and PowerPoint maestro Larry Lessig to run in the April 8 special election for the open seat in California's 12th congressional district. Thing is, ... Read More

Daily Digest: The Mac Is Whack?

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, February 15 2008

Talk about viral video: a malicious email claiming to link to a Clinton video can actually infect your computer with malware; Danny Glover launches a new site, comes out of the closet; the Blackroots are behind Donna ... 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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