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PdF France: What Kind of Day Has It Been

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, December 8 2011

Were you in Paris last Tuesday? Our first PdF France was a great event! After the jump there's an account of the day with a little help from Storify... and a big one from all the people who were there Thanks to ... Read More

In Diplomacy, Apparently There Are Some Things Online You Can't Un-Say [UPDATED]

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 8 2011

In October, British ambassador to Sudan Nicholas Kay published a blog post on his official blog that tackled hunger in Sudan head-on. "How do you celebrate World Food Day in a country where hunger stalks the land?" he ... Read More

"Interesting If True" Rule Proven Yet Again in #Amina Syrian Blog Hoax

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, June 13 2011

Back in April, I remember reading this amazing blog post that was forwarded around on Twitter about how a gay woman in Syria had nearly been arrested in the middle of the night, but somehow her father bravely confronted ... Read More

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Bright Lights, Small City: Is Tiny Roosevelt Island a Microcosm of Urban Innovation's Future?

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 9 2011

The Roosevelt Island tram, one of the only urban tram systems in the country. Photo: Shinya Suzuki / flickr Jonathan Kalkin gets excited when he talks about his latest scheme, a plan to build one of the world's first ... Read More

Russian-Style Digital Transparency

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 1 2011

Alexey Navalny, a tech-savvy Russian anti-corruption activist, is profiled by Julia Ioffe in the New Yorker: Tall and blond, Navalny, who is thirty-four years old, cuts a striking figure, and in the past three years he ... Read More

Obama's Boing Boing Habit

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

At last week's Gridiron Dinner, it seems, Barack Obama joked about his online reading practices "And while I know I have my share of critics out there, I don't focus on the negative stuff. I just don't pay much ... Read More

Daou, Boyce to Sue Over HuffPo's Birth

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 16 2010

So who dreamt up the Huffington Post? Arianna Huffington has said that that she and a few friends, including eventually HuffPo partner Ken Lerer, gathered in her house and kicked around ideas in those heady days after ... Read More

Obama and the Bloggers

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 29 2010

Politico's Keach Hagey takes a most Politico angle on Peter Daou's "Liberal Bloggers are Bringing Down the Obama Presidency" post by scoring the nature of the relationship between both liberal bloggers and ... Read More

Reconsidering the Wisdom of Blog Comments

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 13 2010

The Daily Beast's Brian Ries dives into the den of mind-blowing insanity that is Ben Smith's comments section, a place where Politico's Ben is regularly vilified as both a faithfully conservative plant and a reflexive ... 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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