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South Carolina Flips for Fred!

BY | Thursday, January 17 2008

Dear Politickr, Fred's South Carolina surge is working! Two new polls by Zogby and Rasmussen, conducted just this week, show support for Fred growing. Read More

YouTube:What about John Edwards?

BY | Thursday, January 17 2008

What is the difference between media perception and reality? Well, for the better part of a year the media has focused on 2 celebrity candidates. Even after beating one of the celebrity candidates in Iowa (hint, it was ... Read More

Urgent South Carolina Update

BY | Thursday, January 17 2008

I’m writing you as we travel betwee Read More

Daily Digest: Google Announces Political Checkout

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, January 17 2008

Round ups of the conservative blogosphere make it clear that the GOP contest is wide open; Ron Paul supporters may be getting the shaft on Digg and PayPal; Ars Technica decides the New Hampshire vote controversy isn't a ... Read More

Daily Digest: Google Announces Political Checkout

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, January 17 2008

Round ups of the conservative blogosphere make it clear that the GOP contest is wide open; Ron Paul supporters may be getting the shaft on Digg and PayPal; Ars Technica decides the New Hampshire vote controversy isn't a ... Read More

Ross Perot Surfaces

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 17 2008

Jonathan Alter has a fun scoop in Newsweek: a rare interview with Ross Perot, America's most reclusive political figure. Three things jumped out at me in the interview, which was mainly about Perot's dislike of John ... Read More

YouTube:John Edwards - "One Winner" Ad

BY | Wednesday, January 16 2008

Which Democrat would ban Washington lobbyists from the White House staff? Which Democrat beats all the Republicans in the recent CNN poll? Read More

Kenyans Turn to Robust SMS

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 16 2008

Studying the post-election action in Kenya, I'm finding myself awed by how activists have seized upon a unique text-messaging tool to route around a government-imposed news blackout. Read More

Obama's Fundraising Juggernaut

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, January 16 2008

Barack Obama sent out an email this afternoon making a bold claim: his campaign has raised money from 100,000 online donors since the beginning of the year. That’s darn impressive, and it looks like Barack Obama ... Read More

Just One Hour of Your Time

BY | Wednesday, January 16 2008

Dear Politickr, We are at a crucial moment in the campaign. The South Carolina primary is on January 19th, only 3 days away. Fred has been taking his "Clear Conservative Choice: Hands Down!" bus tour all over ... 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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