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ABC News Friends Facebook

BY Fred Stutzman | Monday, November 26 2007

The New York Times reports that ABC News and Facebook have partnered in the creation of a new US Politics application. The application, originally designed by Facebook as a simple way to find and support politicians who ... Read More

YouTube: Islamic terrorists cross plan to attack Arizona Fort

BY | Monday, November 26 2007, terrorists are planning to attack Ft. Huachuca in Arizona, which is the largest military intelligence base in the country. Do you still think we were "fear-mongering" with our latest TV ad now? ... Read More

Dodd Breaks the Frame, Asks YouTube Question of GOPers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 26 2007

Finally, a presidential candidate has seized the opportunity presented by the CNN/YouTube debates and posted a question of his colleagues. Remember when techPresident blogger David All urged his Republican colleagues to ... Read More

Daily Digest: Get Ready for the CNN/YouTube Debate [UPDATE]

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, November 26 2007

The Republican CNN/YouTube debate is this Wednesday, and certain videos are getting "weeded out"; one writer suggests that we could be in a "banner moment for unmediated political action"; Jersey City's WFMU launches a ... Read More

Daily Digest: Get Ready for the CNN/YouTube Debate [UPDATE]

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, November 26 2007

The Republican CNN/YouTube debate is this Wednesday, and certain videos are getting "weeded out"; one writer suggests that we could be in a "banner moment for unmediated political action"; Jersey City's WFMU launches a ... Read More

Greens urge support for civil society and democracy in Pakistan, cutoff in military aid

BY | Sunday, November 25 2007

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders and candidates called for national and global support for civil society, democracy, and the rule of law in Pakistan, an end to President Pervez Musharraf's 'national emergency' ... Read More

Mike Huckabee is Running the Best Web Campaign

BY Zephyr Teachout | Sunday, November 25 2007

He's got the highest traffic, and the most encouragement of distributed action outside Ron Paul. He's got the best use of user-created videos, and a loose attitude on the blog. Other candidates would do well to learn ... Read More

Presidential Candidates Can't Resist Holiday Appeal in E-mails

BY Kate Kaye | Thursday, November 22 2007

Anniversaries and holidays elicit thoughts of family, togetherness, home cookin', and for political candidates, e-mail fundraising. For top-polled 2008 presidential candidates, special days like birthdays, Halloween, and ... Read More

Someone's Hijacked Rudy's Tweets!

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, November 21 2007

Blogger Blue NoVA subscribes to all of the candidates’ Twitter accounts, and today he noticed a doozy from the Giuliani campaign: “i wish someone from my campaign would actually use this,” ... Read More

News Briefs

RSS Feed tuesday > Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like 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 is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and And strangely enough, seems to want its early users to ask 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.


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.


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.


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.