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The Europe roundup: Your country, your call - and some controversy

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, May 27 2010

Ireland | Your country, your call - and some controversy Some months ago we wrote about "Your country your call", a competition launched by the Irish government to find projects that could secure development and ... Read More

The Europe roundup: The Coalition: what to expect from the new government

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, May 26 2010

UK | The Coalition: what to expect from the new government A few days ago David Cameron and Nick Clegg explained their plans for the new government, aiming at creating a radical change in the country. A whole section is ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Should we give eVoting another chance?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, May 24 2010

EU | Should we give eVoting another chance? Voting in an election is not as easy as it may seem: during the British election night many people reported they could not cast their ballots. As reported by The Guardian, "at ... Read More

The Europe roundup: The blogosphere in white coats

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, May 21 2010

Spain | The blogosphere in white coats Patients and medical walk through hospitals and surgery office, but also on the Internet. The Spanish network of medical blogs is one of the world's liveliest: patients seek ... Read More

The Europe roundup: The two sides of eParticipation in Central and Eastern Europe

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, May 19 2010

Earlier today I published a story on Andrew Stott as the new director of digital engagement in the British government. Later I recognized it was a story from 2009. I deeply apologize to PDF readers for my mistake. UK | ... Read More

The Europe roundup: From Minister Aigner to Mark Zuckerberg: the importance of privacy

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, May 17 2010

Germany | From Minister Aigner to Mark Zuckerberg: the importance of privacy German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner has written an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, expressing her concerns about ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Twitter: a new prediction system for elections?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, May 14 2010

UK | Twitter: a new prediction system for elections? During the UK electoral campaign Tweetminster conducted a Twitter-based word of mouth experiment : they tracked the most mentioned constituencies and candidates and ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Action replay: an Internet election in UK?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, May 12 2010

UK | Action replay: an Internet election in UK? UK has a new Prime Minister, David Cameron. As the new Prime Minister is working on the new government, it's time to reflect on how the web influenced this election. Well, ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Take Back Parliament (and get a fair voting system)

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, May 10 2010

UK | Take Back Parliament (and get a fair voting system) While Tory and LibDem leaders are in talks to form a government coalition, citizens raise their voice against the voting system that led to a hung parliament. ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Follow the UK election online (while waiting for official results)

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, May 7 2010

UK | Follow the UK election online (while waiting for official results) All over Europe today it's all about UK general election. Results show a victory of the Conservatives but without a majority - so, pointing to a ... 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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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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