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Kotecki Gets a New Gig

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, September 25 2007

James Kotecki, everyone's favorite political videoblogger (and one of the first to cover the 2008 election) graduated from college this spring. That not only meant no more videos from his dorm room, but also the ... Read More

Where's Mini-Mitt? In Search of End-Of-Quarter Dollars

BY Michael Turk | Tuesday, September 25 2007

There's a lot of buzz in GOP internet circles about the glaring omission from Romney's site. As we approach the end of the fundraising quarter, we all expected the return of mini-Mitt, the annoying and intrusive pitchman ... Read More

The Rise of the Democratic Philanthocracy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 25 2007

Google the words “DailyKos” and you’ll get about 2.6 million results. Google the words “Democracy Alliance” and you’ll get about 44,000 hits, and from them you won’t find out much. That's why I'm writing to ... Read More

The Rise of the Democratic Philanthocracy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 25 2007

Google the words “DailyKos” and you’ll get about 2.6 million results. Google the words “Democracy Alliance” and you’ll get about 44,000 hits, and from them you won’t find out much. That's why I'm writing to ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/25/07

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, September 25 2007

Barack Obama is the winner of the Huffington Post/Yahoo/Slate mashup debate; John Edwards will visit Columbus, KY, the winning town in his Eventful demands competition; Off The Bus introduces Roadkill, a guide to the ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/25/07

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, September 25 2007

Barack Obama is the winner of the Huffington Post/Yahoo/Slate mashup debate; John Edwards will visit Columbus, KY, the winning town in his Eventful demands competition; Off The Bus introduces Roadkill, a guide to the ... Read More

Why No Republican Mashup Debate?

BY Patrick Ruffini | Monday, September 24 2007

We have had yet another online debate (YAOD), and once again, the Democratic candidates have been first to participate, with the Republicans nowhere in sight. As the guy who was all hot and bothered about the YouTube ... Read More

Mitt Romney and a Tale of Two Videos

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, September 24 2007

Last week Slate’s Mike Reed produced a video on Mitt Romney’s create-your-own-ad Jumpcut site that jabbed at Romney and a story he told his son, Tagg. It tells the tale of a young Tagg Romney, who, thinking ... Read More

Insta-Polling Young Voters, State by State

BY Michael Connery | Monday, September 24 2007

Our Voice 2008 is a new, nonpartisan youth politics site that is snap-polling its users on topical issues and providing its users with the means to break down that data by state for display on websites and social ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/24/07

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, September 24 2007

Jose Antonio Vargas reviews Matt Bai's The Argument; according to CBS Evening News, the majority of Americans still get their political news from the newspaper; the Huffington Post/Slate/Yahoo "Mashup" debate was viewed ... 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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