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Our Favorite Videos of the Week: The Best Primary/Caucus Moments So Far

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, January 25 2008

Friends, it’s Friday again and time for you to indulge in a little political web video action. This week, watch as PoliticsTV recaps some of the top moments from the primary/caucus races, Mitt lets the dogs out, ... Read More

YouTube:John Edwards - "Grown Up" Ad

BY | Friday, January 25 2008

John Edwards latest ad shows a key moment from the South Carolina Democratic debate. Read More

As Rivals Continue To Tear Each Other Apart, The "Grown Up" Wing Of The Democratic Party Releases Two New Ads

BY | Friday, January 25 2008

Edwards campaign unveils new television and radio ads in South Carolina one day before voters head to the polls Columbia, South Carolina – As Senators Clinton and Obama continue to squabble, the John Edwards for ... Read More

What Really Matters - S.C. Radio Ad

BY | Friday, January 25 2008

John Edwards' new radio ad airing in South Carolina. Announcer: The middle class is being squeezed. An economic crisis looms. Our nation is at war. And too many Americans have no health care. And what do we get from two ... Read More

Republican Jewish Coalition

BY | Thursday, January 24 2008

To view this email as a web page, go to the link below, or copy and paste it into your browser's address window. ... Read More

YouTube:John Edwards - Dear Rural America (Ad Contest Winner)

BY | Thursday, January 24 2008

This ad is the grand prize winner of John Edwards' "My Vote, My Voice" ad contest. It's an entry entitled "Dear Rural America" created by brothers Neil and Drew Schimmenti of San Jose, California. The Schimmenti ... Read More

Fred08.com: An Outside Insider's View

BY Michael Turk | Thursday, January 24 2008

I have been silent for some time due to my involvement with the Thompson campaign. With that campaign having ended, I would like to share my thoughts on what went right with the online effort despite many people focusing ... Read More

Edwards Statement On The Economic Stimulus Package Before Congress

BY | Thursday, January 24 2008

Spartanburg, South Carolina – Today, Senator John Edwards released the following statement on the economic stimulus package before Congress: Read More

LeftvsRight.com: Political Search Meets Political Theater

BY Colin Delany | Thursday, January 24 2008

Microsofts's new LeftvsRight.com combines political search and political humor in a fascinating choose-your-own-adventure format, but does it offer more than clever "hosts" and good repartee? Read More

Daily Digest: Senators, Get Thee to DC!

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, January 24 2008

As Congress considers again a new FISA update, bloggers urge Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to head back to Washington for the vote; a CREDO campaign to get voters to email Obama and Clinton about the vote allegedly ... Read More

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Civic Hackers Call on de Blasio to Fill Technology Vacancies

New York City technology advocates on Wednesday called on the de Blasio administration to fill vacancies in top technology policy positions, expressing some frustration at the lack of a leadership team to implement a cohesive technology strategy for the city. GO

China's Porn Purge Has Only Just Begun, And Already Sina Is Stripped of Publication License

It seems that China is taking spring cleaning pretty seriously. On April 13 they launched their most recent online purge, “Cleaning the Web 2014,” which will run until November. The goal is to rid China's Internet of pornographic text, pictures, video, and ads in order to “create a healthy cyberspace.” More than 100 websites and thousands of social media accounts have already been closed, after less than a month. Today the official Xinhua news agency reported that the authorities have stripped the Internet giant Sina (of Sina Weibo, the popular microblogging site) of its online publication license. This crackdown on porn comes on the heels of a crackdown on “rumors.” Clearly, this spring cleaning isn't about pornography, it's about censorship and control.

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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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