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PdF France: What Kind of Day Has It Been

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, December 8 2011

Were you in Paris last Tuesday? Our first PdF France was a great event! After the jump there's an account of the day with a little help from Storify... and a big one from all the people who were there Thanks to ... Read More

PdF France is live!

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, December 6 2011

Bonjour! We're at the first PdF France, follow us at @pdf_europe and with the hashtag #pdffrance Le Centquatre 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 Europe Roundup: Can you Crack the Code for Your Next Job?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, December 2 2011

UK | Can you Crack the Code for Your Next Job? UK intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) decided to go beyond the usual recruiting techniques by launching a code-cracking competition. ... Read More

PdF France: full program and updates

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, November 29 2011

PdF France is just a week away and the full program is online! The conference will explore how technology is changing politics in a crucial moment for the country: during the day speakers will engage in conversation on ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: The Pirate Party in the Berlin Parliament: Trolling the Government?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, November 29 2011

Germany | The Pirate Party in the Berlin Parliament: Trolling the Government? Two months ago the Berlin chapter of the Pirate Party registered an amazing result by winning 15 seats in the Parliament of the State. The ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Debating "Life Hacking" on EU Websites

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, November 22 2011

EU | Debating "Life Hacking" on EU Websites: Useful Tips and Comments Did you know that Google and other searches can make your life much easier when you're trying to find relevant information in the messy EU websites? ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Restart Romania

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, November 17 2011

Romania | Restart Romania Like many post-Communist countries, Romania is having troubles promoting a modern idea of citizenship: transparency, activism and engagement are relatively new words for Romanians. ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Wikitalia Foundation, Another Step to Open the Government

BY Antonella Napolitano | Sunday, November 13 2011

Italy | Wikitalia Foundation: Another Step to Open the Government Next Monday in Rome a special celebration of the World Wide Web will take place: "Happy birthday web," a public event made of talks and workshops on ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: 30 Years of Hacking - a Profile of the Chaos Computer Club

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, November 10 2011

30 Years of Hacking: a Profile of the Chaos Computer Club The Chaos Computer Club is well-known group that has been bringing together hackers from all over the world in the past few years. The group - that turned ... Read More

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us 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 Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com 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.

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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.

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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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