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The Europe roundup: Data Protection Day: think about it.

BY Antonella Napolitano | Sunday, January 30 2011

EU | Data Protection Day: think about it. Last Friday was Data Protection Day. The European Parliament produced a video to make you think about sharing your data wisely: Read More

The Europe roundup: The Hungarian media law in action

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, January 5 2011

Hungary | The new media law in action The start of the Hungarian presidency at the EU Council has not been easy mostly because of a new media law that came into force on the first day of 2011. And while its defendants ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Tearing down a Twitter wall

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, December 20 2010

EU | Tearing down a Twitter wall "Give the people a platform and excellent ideas will emerge". It was probably the premise to the installation of a Twitter Wall in the main hall during a European Council meeting held ... Read More

The Europe roundup: A winter's tale of snow and social media

BY Antonella Napolitano | Sunday, December 19 2010

UK | A winter's tale of snow and social media Winter came and it is striking most part of Europe creating problems in many places, expecially the small ones. Louise Kidney (Communications Team, Blackburn with Darwen ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Pdfleaks - a symposium on Internet freedom

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, December 13 2010

Pdfleaks: a symposium on Internet freedom Have you followed our symposium on Wikileaks and Internet freedom that took place last Saturday in New York? Sessions archives are now available! Useful related material ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Back next Monday

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, December 8 2010

The Europe roundup takes a few days off. Meanwhile follow TechPresident with the coverage of Wikileaks' cablegate and many other techpolitics analysis. We'll be back next Monday. Read More

The Europe roundup: A feature, not a bug: the role of WikiLeaks in a governance ecology

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, December 6 2010

"Lots of hierarchical, top-down, closed fortress organizations have been discovering that they need to open up, accept that the internet is dispersing power to the edges and into the hands of free agents, a.k.a. the ... Read More

The Europe roundup: The Coalition Pledge Tracker is still on

BY Antonella Napolitano | Sunday, December 5 2010

UK | The Coalition Pledge Tracker is still on Last August the Guardian launched The Coalition Pledge Tracker, a tool to dive into the new government pledges and keep tabs on them. After six months, what are the results? ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Competing models of Internet politics

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, December 1 2010

Russia | Competing models of Internet politics In Russia the debate on whether the Internet cures or harms democracy has been a hot topic in these months. At the moment the cyber-optimistic side seems to prevail and ... Read More

From PdF Europe 2010: Online Political Organizing in Regional and Local Campaigns

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, October 12 2010

What happens when campaigning gets local? That's what we tried toexplore in the panel on "Online Political Organizing in Regional and Local Campaigns", featuring consultants more involved in the political struggle, like ... Read More

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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.


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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.


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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In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

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In Pakistan, A Hypocritical Gov't Ignores Calls To End YouTube Ban

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan by executive order since September 2012, after the “blasphemous” video Innocence of Muslims started riots in the Middle East. Since then, civil society organizations and Internet rights advocacy groups like Bolo Bhi and Bytes for All have been working to lift the ban. Last August the return of YouTube seemed imminent—the then-new IT Minister Anusha Rehman spoke optimistically and her party, which had won the majority a few months before, was said to be “seriously contemplating” ending the ban. And yet since then, Rehman and her party, the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), have done everything in their power to maintain the status quo.


The #NotABugSplat Campaign Aims to Give Drone Operators Pause Before They Strike

In the #NotABugSplat campaign that launched this week, a group of American, French and Pakistani artists sought to raise awareness of the effects of drone strikes by placing a field-sized image of a young girl, orphaned when a drone strike killed her family, in a heavily targeted region of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Its giant size is visible to those who operate drone strikes as well as in satellite imagery. GO

Boston and Cambridge Move Towards More Open Data

The Boston City Council is now considering an ordinance which would require Boston city agencies and departments to make government data available online using open standards. Boston City Councilor At Large Michelle Wu, who introduced the legislation Wednesday, officially announced her proposal Monday, the same day Boston Mayor Martin Walsh issued an executive order establishing an open data policy under which all city departments are directed to publish appropriate data sets under established accessibility, API and format standards. GO

YouTube Still Blocked In Turkey, Even After Courts Rule It Violates Human Rights, Infringes on Free Speech

Reuters reports that even after a Turkish court ruled to lift the ban on YouTube, Turkey's telecommunications companies continue to block the video sharing site.