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Time is money

BY | Tuesday, November 20 2007

November 20, 2007 During the first few days of October, we announced our fundraising goal for the fourth quarter: $12 million raised by December 31. But there's more: we need to have spent it by then, too. If we were to ... Read More

RationalVoters.com

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Tuesday, November 20 2007

Like John Locke, I believe that all conflicts can be resolved by rational discourse. Of course, both sides have to be rational and discoursing. But if the planets align, the wonders of rational decision-making can be the ... Read More

Who Will Be America's First techPresident? Grading the Democrats

BY Editors | Tuesday, November 20 2007

Who will be America's first techPresident? It's time to grade the candidates on their understanding of the power of the internet to transform America's future. We start with the Democratic field... Read More

Daily Digest: VetVoice Scores a Coup

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, November 20 2007

The Giuliani Quote Generator Facebook app automates absurdist phrases; Off The Bus speaks truth to the polls, launches its new Polling Project; Ask Your Lawmaker Diggifies the public's questions to the candidates; is ... Read More

Daily Digest: VetVoice Scores a Coup

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, November 20 2007

The Giuliani Quote Generator Facebook app automates absurdist phrases; Off The Bus speaks truth to the polls, launches its new Polling Project; Ask Your Lawmaker Diggifies the public's questions to the candidates; is ... Read More

The Championship Rounds

BY | Tuesday, November 20 2007

Dear Friend, If you're a fan of boxing (and I am), you're undoubtedly familiar with the phrase, "The Championship Rounds." Those are the final two rounds in a title match -- the rounds courage and desire carry ... Read More

YouTube: Tancredo on John Gibson 11-19

BY | Monday, November 19 2007

http://TeamTancredo.org, Tom talks about Speaker Pelosi on the Big Story. Author: TeamTancredo Keywords: Tancredo John Gibson Added: November 19, 2007 Read More

YouTube: Tom on with Glenn Beck 11-15

BY | Monday, November 19 2007

http://TeamTancredo.org, Tom on Glenn Beck talking about his new television ad. Author: TeamTancredo Keywords: Tancredo television ad Glenn Beck CNN Added: November 19, 2007 Read More

Daily Digest: An Important Policy Message from Chuck Norris

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, November 19 2007

Mike Huckabee posts to 10Questions but misses Patrick Ruffini's late entry; a stats update shows Ron Paul is increasingly dominant online; Hillary Clinton responds to Why Tuesday's Candidate Challenge; is a new Mike ... Read More

Daily Digest: An Important Policy Message from Chuck Norris

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, November 19 2007

Mike Huckabee posts to 10Questions but misses Patrick Ruffini's late entry; a stats update shows Ron Paul is increasingly dominant online; Hillary Clinton responds to Why Tuesday's Candidate Challenge; is a new Mike ... 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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