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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

Which Candidates Site Makes You Polite?

BY Zephyr Teachout | Tuesday, February 5 2008

Think words don’t matter? According to the NYTimes Book Review of Anthony Appiah’s new book on experimental philosophy: If you read sentences with words like “honor” and “respect” you tend to be more polite, ... Read More

HILLARY'S TOWN HALL: Credit Where Credit Is Due

BY Dan Manatt | Tuesday, February 5 2008

I thought the Clinton town hall was pretty cool -- and pretty significant. Not because it was interactive-to-the-max (more on that below). Not because it was a great issues discussion for anyone who has been following ... Read More

The Opposite of Interactivity

BY Zephyr Teachout | Monday, February 4 2008

When Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy, she did it online. By spreading a video message instead of handling press questions, she used the internet to actually reduce interactivity, instead of increase it--she ... Read More

Join me in supporting John McCain

BY | Monday, February 4 2008

Dear Friend, In the past, I know I could count on you to be a strong supporter. Together, we ran an honorable campaign, based on issues like tax cuts and keeping America on offense against radical Islamic terrorism. ... Read More

Obama's $28M Online

BY Patrick Ruffini | Monday, February 4 2008

The news last week that Obama raised $32 million in January -- $28 million of it online -- is historic. Why? Because we're getting our first glimpse at the death of offline fundraising. Just 12% of Obama's money came in ... Read More

The Significance of the Facebook Causes Giving Challenge

BY Michael Connery | Monday, February 4 2008

With the close of its Facebook Causes Giving Challenge, The Case Foundation has begun to fulfill the original promise many saw in the Facebook "Causes" application. Read More

Daily Digest: If Obama's a Mac and Clinton's a PC, McCain is... Linux?

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, February 4 2008

Super Bowl metaphors are employed to describe tomorrow's Super Tuesday's contests; Is Barack Obama Howard Dean on steroids?; Off The Bus pumps out citizen coverage of the Super Tuesday from across the country; Obama is a ... Read More

Daily Digest: If Obama's a Mac and Clinton's a PC, McCain is... Linux?

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, February 4 2008

Super Bowl metaphors are employed to describe tomorrow's Super Tuesday's contests; Is Barack Obama Howard Dean on steroids?; Off The Bus pumps out citizen coverage of the Super Tuesday from across the country; Obama is a ... Read More

YouTube: Ron Paul at the MTV-MySpace Closing Arguments 2-2-08

BY | Monday, February 4 2008

Ron Paul at the MTV-MySpace Closing Arguments On January 2, 2008 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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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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