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The Europe roundup: Final TV debate: a Twitter analysis

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, May 5 2010

UK | Final TV debate: a Twitter analysis Linguamatics and NPCU provided an insight of viewer sentiment based on tweet analysis: Top issues for the twitterers in the third debate (Figure 3 below) were immigration, ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Managing communications during the ashcloud crisis

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, May 3 2010

EU | Managing communications during the ashcloud crisis EU institutions seems still shy moving forward in their social media efforts but the ashcloud crisis may have set a good example, thanks to Eurocontrol, the ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Best of European TechPolitics at PDF 2010

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, April 30 2010

EU | Best of European TechPolitics at PDF 2010 During PDF Europe conference many presentations featured the best of American techpolitics. So - as PDF 2010 is approaching - PDF Europe speakers Jon Worth and Bente ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Visualising EU decision-making: a new level of storytelling

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, April 28 2010

EU | Visualising EU decision-making: a new level of storytelling Euroblogger Julien Frisch shows us how online free tools can help understanding complex questions such as decision-making process. Read More

The Europe roundup: The British are invading (Twitter)!

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, April 26 2010

UK | The British are invading (Twitter)! Last week British EU geeks got excited by the UK debate when the three candidates dealt with EU and foreign affairs. Quite surprisingly, the debate had a huge impact on Twitter ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Nick Clegg and the electoral insurgency (on the Internet?)

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, April 23 2010

UK | Nick Clegg and the electoral insurgency (on the Internet?) Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrat party was little known until a few days ago, when his victory in the first television debate with Cameron ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Nick Clegg and the electoral insurgency (on the Internet?)

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, April 23 2010

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The Europe roundup: ECI proposal at Re:publica 2010: a view from the eurobloggers

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, April 21 2010

EU | ECI proposal at Re:publica 2010: a view from the eurobloggers German conference Re:publica, held last week in Berlin, included an interesting panel on the European Citizens' Initiative. Speakers were ... Read More

The Europe roundup: An enriched coverage of a debate to track people's sentiment

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, April 19 2010

UK | An enriched coverage of a debate to track people's sentiment Last week's TV debate featuring the leaders of the three main parties was the event to follow. Apparently the most interesting aspect seems to be the ... Read More

The Europe roundup: ONE vote 2010: in an election year poverty must be the issue

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, April 16 2010

UK | ONE vote 2010: in an election year poverty must be the issue A dialogue between citizens and political leaders on a far, yet close issue: extreme poverty. That's the objective of UK campaign of ONE, an advocacy ... 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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