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How Candidates Can Use the Internet to Win in 2010 (Part One)

BY Colin Delany | Tuesday, September 22 2009

Cross-posted from Epolitics.com Barack Obama won't be on the ballot in November of 2010, but thousands of other candidates will -- and he'll be very much on their minds. His public image will shape the political ... Read More

As Courts Overturn Campaign Finance Limits, Small Online Donations Will Matter More

BY Colin Delany | Sunday, September 20 2009

Cross-posted from Epolitics.com The announcement largely got lost in Friday clutter, but U.S. campaign finance restrictions took a serious hit at the end of last week. With the Roberts Supreme Court already apparently ... Read More

A Self-Reinforcing Spiral: Joe Wilson Will Probably Raise a Million Dollars, for His Opponent

BY Colin Delany | Friday, September 11 2009

Also published on e.politics The most fascinating aspect the fallout from South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's "You Lie" moment during Barack Obama's healthcare speech? What it reveals about the changed world of politics in ... Read More

Obama Heckler Rep. Joe Wilson Already Has Facebook Fans

BY Colin Delany | Thursday, September 10 2009

Also published on e.politics [Update: As of noon today, Wilson's Democratic opponent has seen $200,000 flow into his coffers via online donation site ActBlue, in part due to advocacy on Lefty blogs. Ouch! | Update 2: a ... Read More

Obama's Online Army Creaks into Action on Health Care Reform (Or, What a Difference a Year Makes)

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, September 2 2009

Also published on e.politics Watching Obama's online army creak into action on health care reform is painful, particularly for someone who wrote about the ruthless efficiency of his online campaign for president. The ... Read More

Two-Thirds of Obama's Online Fundraising Was Via Email

BY Colin Delany | Thursday, August 27 2009

Also published on e.politics A quick correction to "Learning from Obama" -- roughly two-thirds of Barack Obama's online fundraising in 2007-2008 came in directly via an email solicitation, meaning that the money was ... Read More

Video: Applying Obama Online Lessons to State, Local and Advocacy Campaigns

BY Colin Delany | Tuesday, August 25 2009

A couple of weeks ago, Judith Freeman, Scott Goodstein, Julia Rosen and I got to lead what turned out to be a great Netroots Nation discussion about applying the online lessons of 2008 to future political and advocacy ... Read More

Why State-Level Online Politics Really Matters in 2010

BY Colin Delany | Sunday, August 23 2009

Cross-posted on e.politics Plenty of people are already looking ahead to the outcome of the 2010 elections, in particular what happens to the Democrats' control of Congress. The party of an incumbent President almost ... Read More

Download "Learning from Obama: Lessons for Online Communicators in 2009 and Beyond"

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, August 19 2009

As you might have guessed from the big graphic to the right, the "Learning from Obama: Lessons for Online Communicators in 2009 and Beyond" article series (which ran here on techPresident) is finally edited into ... Read More

Iran, Independence Day and the Limits of Online Politics

BY Colin Delany | Sunday, July 5 2009

Cross-posted on e.politics For now, the nascent revolution in Iran seems to have stalled. With its leaders in hiding and the government trumpeting "confessions" from organizers and journalists, I can only imagine how ... 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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