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Jimmy Wales launches campaigns wiki site

BY Christian Crumlish | Wednesday, July 5 2006

Techno-activist Gabe Wachob alerted me to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales' announcement of campaigns.wikia.com. His mission statement includes the following: I am launching today a new Wikia website aimed at being a ... Read More

Trippi asks 'Can YouTube swing an election?'

BY Christian Crumlish | Monday, June 5 2006

As a close personal friend of Joe Trippi (OK, as someone who has exchanged email with him at some time in the past), I just received this interesting message: An interesting use of the internet as a way to communicate ... Read More

CitizenSpeak receives recognition from the Webbies

BY Christian Crumlish | Monday, April 17 2006

Jo Lee from CitizenSpeak writes that the Webby Awards dubbed CitizenSpeak as an Official Honoree, "a distinction awarded to sites for their excellence, vision and superior quality." This is something of a consolation ... Read More

Candidate campaigns on MySpace

BY Christian Crumlish | Friday, April 14 2006

Will MySpace be to 2008 what MTV was to 2000? Via Thomas Vander Wal I read that Senate candidate Allan Lichtman has taken his campaign to MySpace: I got a new and different request today in a social site, a request to ... Read More

Mark Green, blogger

BY Christian Crumlish | Saturday, January 21 2006

Just noticed that perennial New York candidate Mark Green (currently running for Attorney General) has launched a blog. His most recent post at the moment is a comment on Hillary's "Plantation" remark and how it's been ... Read More

A 'Microsoft Moment' for political e-mailers?

BY Christian Crumlish | Sunday, January 8 2006

When Microsoft was being subjected to antitrust scrutiny by the US Department of Justice, the companies deep, accumulated e-mail archives proved to be an achilles heel, yielding one incriminating message after another, ... Read More

eBlock addresses the 'bowling alone' problem

BY Christian Crumlish | Wednesday, December 28 2005

eBlock is a website that provides community web services at the neighborhood level. According to eBlock foundd Vivek Hutheesing: eBlock began with a commercial impulse. A few years ago, I connected all of the homes in my ... Read More

GoodStorm.com launches commerce service for nonprofits

BY Christian Crumlish | Wednesday, December 21 2005

Andrew Hoppin announced the launch of GoodStorm.com with a big party in San Francisco last week. GoodStorm is built on the CivicSpace platform and incorporates a number of newly developed e-commerce modules. The goal of ... Read More

Sam Hamm: Blogs influenced 'Homecoming'

BY Christian Crumlish | Monday, December 5 2005

Joe Dante's Showtime political-horror parable "Homecoming" showed war veteran zombies rising from the grave to vote against the president who sent them to die for a lie, while, according to Variety, "a Karl Rove-like ... Read More

CitizenSpeak demoing module for Civicspace

BY Christian Crumlish | Monday, August 29 2005

I know this makes me a geek that I think it's exciting that open source developers have come up with an open source CitizenSpeak module that plugs into CivicSpace. The module adds email advocacy functioanlity to ... 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

What Has the EU Ever Done For Us?: Countering Euroskepticism with Viral Videos and Monty Python

Ahead of the May 25 European Elections, the most intense campaigning may not be by the candidates or the political parties. Instead, some of the most passionate campaigns are more grassroots efforts focused on for a start stirring up the interest of the European electorate. 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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