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PdF Network Call: Digital DC: How to Create a New Culture of Digital Government

BY Andel Koester | Friday, December 10 2010

Update: This call has been postponed. PdF Network calls will resume in January. Happy holidays! Stay informed of emerging trends and hear analysis from industry experts at the PdF Network, our bi-weekly series of ... Read More

PdF Network Call: How Smart Campaigns Use Social Media

BY Andel Koester | Monday, November 29 2010

Stay informed of emerging trends and hear analysis from industry experts at the PdF Network, our bi-weekly series of conference calls. There are 4 ways to join this week’s call: log in to your PdF account (if you're a ... Read More

PdF Network Call: How to Lead a "Networked" Nonprofit

BY Andel Koester | Monday, November 8 2010

Stay informed of emerging trends and hear analysis from industry experts at the PdF Network, our bi-weekly series of conference calls. There are 4 ways to join this week’s call: log in to your PdF account (if you're a ... Read More

PdF Network | How Campaigns and Causes are Using Facebook

BY Andel Koester | Tuesday, May 25 2010

President Barack Obama has over 8.2 million Facebook friends; Sarah Palin received over twenty thousand replies to a recent wall post on immigration. Meanwhile, everyday residents of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, are using ... Read More

PdF Network | How the Internet Replaced Traditional Outreach in the TX Governor's Race

BY Andel Koester | Tuesday, May 11 2010

In the early primary campaign season of 2010, things seemed oddly quiet in Texas. In a heated primary battle, Texas Republicans did not get a single phone call, saw not one yard sign, and had no canvassers knocking on ... Read More

PdF Network | Best Practices in Campaign Blogging

BY Andel Koester | Monday, April 26 2010

In 2008, Obama's campaign blog engaged supporters with on-the-ground stories and profiles. But for every story online about ordinary people, there were many more blog posts appearing elsewhere seeking to undermine the ... Read More

PdF Network | The Future of Internet Community Reporting

BY Andel Koester | Tuesday, March 30 2010

Dialing 311 has changed the way citizens around the U.S. and Canada interact with their local governments by making it easy to call in with questions or complaints. These days, city and county officials are upping the ... Read More

This Thursday: How the GOP Dominated Online to Win MA Senate Race

BY Andel Koester | Monday, March 1 2010

Just a few short weeks ago, Scott Brown’s Republican upset in the race to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat had many wondering if the age of liberal internet dominance is over. Is the GOP gaining ... Read More

PdF Network | How to Use Data to Win Votes in 2010

BY Andel Koester | Tuesday, February 16 2010

An earlier version of this post misstated the date of this call; it is happening this Thursday, Feb. 18th. We apologize for the error! In 2004 and 2006, the Republican party led the political field in microtargeting, ... Read More

6.3M Views on YouTube: Moving Video Online

BY Andel Koester | Monday, February 1 2010

6.3 million: that's how many people viewed Obama's 2008 race speech on YouTube. 8.7 million clicked to see him dance his way onto the Ellen show. By the time the Democratic and Republican national conventions of 2008 ... 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.