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South Carolina

BY | Saturday, January 19 2008

Dear Politickr, Today is what we have been waiting for: the South Carolina Primary. I am writing to you from Columbia, S.C. It's not exactly warm but it beats the snowstorm we had in Washington on Thursday. Today is ... Read More

Washington DC Kucinich Campaign Update

BY | Friday, January 18 2008

Washington DC Kucinich Campaign Update Greetings Dennis Kucinich Supporters in DC, There is a pre-primary caucus tomorrow, January 19, McKinley HS 151 T Street NE, from 10am till 2pm. The Kucinich Campaign will be ... Read More

The Candidates Turn to Eventful

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, January 18 2008

Our friends at Eventful have released some good news about the candidates' use of their site to organize local events in the runup to the Nevada caucus and South Carolina primary. Read More

More Yahoo! Buzz Data: Dems in a Dead Heat

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, January 18 2008

Yesterday I posted data from Yahoo! Buzz that showed Mitt Romney topping searches among Republican voters in Nevada and much closer numbers among Romney, John McCain, and Mike Huckabee in South Carolina. Now some data ... Read More

Daily Digest: The Netroots vs. Ronald Obama

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, January 18 2008

The netroots take issue with Barack Obama comparing himself to Ronald Reagan; Jose Antonio Vargas reminds us that the web isn't just about raising money but about bringing voters into the fold; another new site lets ... Read More

Daily Digest: The Netroots vs. Ronald Obama

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, January 18 2008

The netroots take issue with Barack Obama comparing himself to Ronald Reagan; Jose Antonio Vargas reminds us that the web isn't just about raising money but about bringing voters into the fold; another new site lets ... Read More

"We're Not Just the Internet"

BY Editors | Friday, January 18 2008

Last weekend, tourists in Las Vegas were greeted by the sight of Ron Paul supporters parading down the Strip, chanting: We’re not just the Internet.  We’re flesh and blood. Could this serve as the motto ... Read More

Our Favorite Videos of the Week: America's Mitten Hits Back [UPDATED]

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, January 18 2008

Mitt Romney, victor of Michigan, dominates our favorite videos of the week. Watch as he’s criticized for dissing a medical marijuana user, Democrats are urged to bring out the vote for him, and he gets testy with a ... Read More

Romney Tops Yahoo! Buzz in Nevada [UPDATE]

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, January 17 2008

Last week I wrote about Yahoo! Buzz, which in addition to tracking celebrity fandom across the web also tracks searches for political candidates (displayed in the excellent Political Dashboard). That data now shows Mitt ... Read More

Going Strong In Florida

BY | Thursday, January 17 2008

What a week it’s been! This week Rudy kicked off his first Florida Bus Tour as he began barnstorming across the Sunshine State. Florida marks the beginning of the first delegate rich contests of the primary season. The ... Read More

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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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In Pakistan, A Hypocritical Gov't Ignores Calls To End YouTube Ban

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan by executive order since September 2012, after the “blasphemous” video Innocence of Muslims started riots in the Middle East. Since then, civil society organizations and Internet rights advocacy groups like Bolo Bhi and Bytes for All have been working to lift the ban. Last August the return of YouTube seemed imminent—the then-new IT Minister Anusha Rehman spoke optimistically and her party, which had won the majority a few months before, was said to be “seriously contemplating” ending the ban. And yet since then, Rehman and her party, the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), have done everything in their power to maintain the status quo.

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The #NotABugSplat Campaign Aims to Give Drone Operators Pause Before They Strike

In the #NotABugSplat campaign that launched this week, a group of American, French and Pakistani artists sought to raise awareness of the effects of drone strikes by placing a field-sized image of a young girl, orphaned when a drone strike killed her family, in a heavily targeted region of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Its giant size is visible to those who operate drone strikes as well as in satellite imagery. GO

Boston and Cambridge Move Towards More Open Data

The Boston City Council is now considering an ordinance which would require Boston city agencies and departments to make government data available online using open standards. Boston City Councilor At Large Michelle Wu, who introduced the legislation Wednesday, officially announced her proposal Monday, the same day Boston Mayor Martin Walsh issued an executive order establishing an open data policy under which all city departments are directed to publish appropriate data sets under established accessibility, API and format standards. GO

YouTube Still Blocked In Turkey, Even After Courts Rule It Violates Human Rights, Infringes on Free Speech

Reuters reports that even after a Turkish court ruled to lift the ban on YouTube, Turkey's telecommunications companies continue to block the video sharing site.

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