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Daily Digest: 8/14/07

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, August 14 2007

Voter-generated videos continue to dog Giuliani and Romney, but there are differences between them and the George Allen macaca moment; Matt Stoller on Barack Obama and the female vote and women in the blogosphere; and ... Read More

SavetheDebate.com helps, um, save the debate

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, August 13 2007

TechRepublican is reporting that SavetheDebate.com is largely responsible for rescheduling of the the Republican CNN/YouTube debate, which will now be held on November 28th. The Washington Times gave credit to the team ... Read More

Daily Digest: 8/13/07

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, August 13 2007

The Web on the Candidates It's good to be back! The, er, south Pacific (or was that the north Atlantic?) was splendid. The Ames Straw Poll results are in, and Mitt Romney has won handily, with 31% of the vote.  The ... Read More

Daily Digest: 8/13/07

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, August 13 2007

The Web on the Candidates It's good to be back! The, er, south Pacific (or was that the north Atlantic?) was splendid. The Ames Straw Poll results are in, and Mitt Romney has won handily, with 31% of the vote.  The ... Read More

Daily Digest 8/10/07

BY Patrick Ruffini | Friday, August 10 2007

An in-depth look at the online warfare preceding the Ames Straw Poll tomorrow, including the return of mini-Mitt, the ultimate test for Ron Paul's online movement, and digital dirty tricks. Plus, an exclusive look at ... Read More

A Real Tech President Would Implant a Tracking Chip in Your Kid

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, August 9 2007

Here's something else that Hillary Clinton said at Yearly Kos, something that had nothing to do with lobbyists but was a similiar peek into her governing psyche. In her morning breakout session, Clinton warmed my little ... Read More

After I-35W bridge tragedy, Greens call for major public works effort

BY | Thursday, August 9 2007

WASHINGTON, DC -- Greens express sympathy for bridge collapse victims and the people of Minneapolis, call for a major investment in public works and safety. Read More

"Gays for Giuliani" Debuts

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 9 2007

Just in time for tonight's Democratic forum on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in Los Angeles: A group calling itself "Gays for Giuliani" released its first ad this week, and as far as I know it's ... Read More

Daily Digest 8/9/07

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 9 2007

Fallout from Elizabeth Edwards' quote; Rocketboom on how Denver '08 will be open access; cracks in the liberal-left; bundling for the unbundled; Ellen Goodman weighs in on net-gender; YouTube YouChoose has issues; ABC ... Read More

Daily Digest 8/9/07

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 9 2007

Fallout from Elizabeth Edwards' quote; Rocketboom on how Denver '08 will be open access; cracks in the liberal-left; bundling for the unbundled; Ellen Goodman weighs in on net-gender; YouTube YouChoose has issues; ABC ... Read More

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China's Porn Purge Has Only Just Begun, And Already Sina Is Stripped of Publication License

It seems that China is taking spring cleaning pretty seriously. On April 13 they launched their most recent online purge, “Cleaning the Web 2014,” which will run until November. The goal is to rid China's Internet of pornographic text, pictures, video, and ads in order to “create a healthy cyberspace.” More than 100 websites and thousands of social media accounts have already been closed, after less than a month. Today the official Xinhua news agency reported that the authorities have stripped the Internet giant Sina (of Sina Weibo, the popular microblogging site) of its online publication license. This crackdown on porn comes on the heels of a crackdown on “rumors.” Clearly, this spring cleaning isn't about pornography, it's about censorship and control.

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

What Has the EU Ever Done For Us?: Countering Euroskepticism with Viral Videos and Monty Python

Ahead of the May 25 European Elections, the most intense campaigning may not be by the candidates or the political parties. Instead, some of the most passionate campaigns are more grassroots efforts focused on for a start stirring up the interest of the European electorate. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us 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 Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com 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.

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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.

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