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France's Techies Flap their Wings at Tax Increases With Online "Pigeons" Protest

BY Karim Lebhour | Friday, October 26 2012

The avatar of "Les Pigeons," with Twitter hashtag #GEONPi

They call themselves “Les Pigeons” — in French, “pigeon” is slang for “suckers,” easily fooled and easily abused. The name was adopted by a group of young Internet entrepreneurs who at the beginning of October launched an online campaign in protest of the government's planned tax hike, which they said would hurt small companies like startups. Read More

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Shot by Taliban, Pakistani Teen Activist Malala Continues To Be Target of Online Threats and Conspiracy Theories

BY Ameena Salaam | Tuesday, October 16 2012

Photo of Malala by the writer.

Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year-old Pakistani girl, was shot in the head last week by Taliban. Her crime was spreading western values — i.e., insisting on the right of girls to attend school. Malala had been the target of online threats for several years; and now, even as she lies unconscious in a U.K. hospital, the Taliban continues to threaten her life if she recovers, while prominent nationalists tweet conspiracy theories accusing the CIA of being involved in the shooting. For Malala, the Internet has been a mixed blessing. Read More

Mapping the French Political Blogosphere

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, December 5 2011

Map of the French political blogosphere in 2011. Source: Linkfluence - Le Monde The Internet is a political battleground for this election, both in social network conversations and in the political blogosphere, which is ... Read More

The American Blogosphere: News and Politics, Technology, and the 'Love Cluster'

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 8 2011

In a blog post summarizing a presentation by Berkman Center for Internet and Society fellow Hal Roberts, Ethan Zuckerman describes how a new understanding of the blogosphere includes space for something Roberts calls the ... Read More

Russian Writer's 'Bloggers Against Garbage' Initiative Picks Up Steam

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

France 24 International News carries this item from late last week about "Bloggers Against Garbage," an initiative founded by Sergey Dolya that seeks to use the power of social networks to mobilize clean-ups in parks and ... Read More

Georgia Senator Digging Into Anti-Gay Blog Comment

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, September 23 2010

Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss' home office is investigating whether a crudely anti-gay comment left on a blog discussion of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" originated from inside their shop. CNN.com has the story. Read More

Are Blogs Done For?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 7 2010

Via Jason Kottke, what we once might have blogged, now we tweet or status update: Read More

Blogging Afghanistan

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 2 2010

Add this to the list of outcomes from General Stanley McChrystal's impolitic remarks in the pages of Rolling Stone: a refocusing of online commentary on U.S. conduct of the war in Afghanistan. Pew Research Center's ... Read More

Who Sent the "Yes We Can" Video Viral?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 30 2010

A study by a Cal State-Long Beach political scientist finds that bloggers and the Obama campaign drove the remarkable spread of will.i.am's "Yes We Can" video, media coverage less so. Read More

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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