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Obama, the Internet and the Decline of Big Money and Big Media

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 6 2008

If it were not for the internet, and all the campaign- and voter-generated activism that it has enabled, Hillary Clinton would already be the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, and Barack Obama or another ... Read More

Liveblogging the Super Tuesday Results

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, February 5 2008

We're liveblogging the Super Tuesday results! Read More

Grooving On Brian Lehrer's Show

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, February 5 2008

Micah Sifry, Andrew Rasiej, and I have been taking turns speaking to WNYC talk-show host Brian Lehrer on his weekly TV show. I've linked to our appearances before, but the producers over at the show are making the videos ... Read More

The Rationality Gap: Campaigns Way Behind the Online Advertising Curve

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Tuesday, February 5 2008

The big news in this campaign cycle is that online ads by the campaigns are expected to hit $20 million. Woo hoo. That is a lot of money, isn't it? Well, actually, it is not. Read More

The Campaign Sites on Super Tuesday

BY Colin Delany | Tuesday, February 5 2008

Let's take a quick look at the campaign sites today while we're waiting for results (not as interesting as writing a haiku, but what the heck). First, check out the supporters on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's blogs. ... Read More

Four Things to Do Online Today

BY Zephyr Teachout | Tuesday, February 5 2008

There are 330 minutes until the votes start coming in. Mark Halperin has nothing new. What to do in the meantime? Make prank calls With Romney's voice? Write a haiku? Four simple things to spend the hours. Read More

Daily Digest: Super Tuesday and the Hockey-Stick Candidate

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, February 5 2008

It's the big day! We'll be liveblogging here at techPres starting at around 7:30; "if web traffic equalled votes.." If only!; Barack Obama is officially the hockey-stick candidate; MTV's Street Team '08 fans out across ... Read More

Daily Digest: Super Tuesday and the Hockey-Stick Candidate

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, February 5 2008

It's the big day! We'll be liveblogging here at techPres starting at around 7:30; "if web traffic equalled votes.." If only!; Barack Obama is officially the hockey-stick candidate; MTV's Street Team '08 fans out across ... Read More

Obama's Wired Tuesday Push

BY Ari Melber | Tuesday, February 5 2008

The Obama Campaign does not stress its historic Internet success. It does not even discuss the web as an obvious metaphor for Obama's candidacy: An open frontier where race and gender recede, new ideas vanquish the old, ... Read More

Obama's Wired Tuesday Push

BY Ari Melber | Tuesday, February 5 2008

The Obama Campaign does not stress its historic Internet success. It does not even discuss the web as an obvious metaphor for Obama's candidacy: An open frontier where race and gender recede, new ideas vanquish the old, ... 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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In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

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