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World Civil Politics and Blogging

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Tuesday, March 8 2005

I just found Citizen Lab this cool site focusing on the intersection of digital media and world civil politics. It has a range of relevant articles headlines this week include: Blogs rise above the Nepal information ... Read More

NetRoots Building with Long Tail Principles

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Tuesday, January 18 2005

At the end of the Internet and Politics session there was a great discussion about Netroots [GrassRoots + Online] organizing with Matt Stoller and others: You can build very geographically distributed constituencies ... Read More

Internet and Politics (4) NetRoots Organizers

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Tuesday, January 18 2005

These questions came up during the session What is a good web organizer? What do you look for when hire one? How do you evaluate firms who offer services in this realm? There were no clear answers offered to these ... Read More

Internet and Politics (2) High Return Despite Low Investment

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Monday, January 17 2005

Michael Cornfield from the Pew Research Center on the Internet and American LIfe shared some interesting facts. Only 1/100th of the money spent in this campaign cycle was spent on internet advertising compared to ... Read More

Internet and Politics (1) What is a Network?

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Monday, January 17 2005

Matt Stoller did a great Job blogging the second Internet panel at emergingprogressives. I thought Michael's presentation about the difference between one to many (traditional campaigns with hierarchical structures, ... Read More

Overwhelmed by Talking Heads at Emerging Progressives

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Saturday, January 15 2005

I just left the 5th plenary session that I have heard in less then 24 hours at emerging progressives (perhaps less gracefully then I could have). So far all the folks on stage are 'elders' in the party and movement ... Read More

New Tools – Old Tactics (3) How tech changed campaigns

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Saturday, January 15 2005

At emergingprogressives: How has the internet changed things: Fundraising Productivity Transparenty Insurgent media Politictal Heterarchical organizing Good and bad No one has yet to put together all of these cool new ... Read More

New Tools – Old Tactics (2) Reaching Voters

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Saturday, January 15 2005

At emergingprogressives: THIS POST HAS BEEN REMOVED. Per Request of the presenter of the Information. My question? How are we (all people) going to learn to use the interent better to engaged the public now and around ... Read More

New Tools – Old Tactics (1) What is organizing?

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Saturday, January 15 2005

At emergingprogressives: One of the subplots of election cycle is the use of new technology in traditional organizing – basically using databases and maps well to get out vote by calling and knocking on doors. AFL-CIO ... Read More

Landing at Emerging Progressives

BY Kaliya Hamlin | Saturday, January 15 2005

I am on 'assignment' blogging emergingprogressives. During the opening panel, I heard the word “internet” once and there was no reflection of how online tools were used during the campaign. Instead the focus was on ... Read More

News Briefs

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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.


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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In Pakistan, A Hypocritical Gov't Ignores Calls To End YouTube Ban

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan by executive order since September 2012, after the “blasphemous” video Innocence of Muslims started riots in the Middle East. Since then, civil society organizations and Internet rights advocacy groups like Bolo Bhi and Bytes for All have been working to lift the ban. Last August the return of YouTube seemed imminent—the then-new IT Minister Anusha Rehman spoke optimistically and her party, which had won the majority a few months before, was said to be “seriously contemplating” ending the ban. And yet since then, Rehman and her party, the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), have done everything in their power to maintain the status quo.


The #NotABugSplat Campaign Aims to Give Drone Operators Pause Before They Strike

In the #NotABugSplat campaign that launched this week, a group of American, French and Pakistani artists sought to raise awareness of the effects of drone strikes by placing a field-sized image of a young girl, orphaned when a drone strike killed her family, in a heavily targeted region of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Its giant size is visible to those who operate drone strikes as well as in satellite imagery. GO

Boston and Cambridge Move Towards More Open Data

The Boston City Council is now considering an ordinance which would require Boston city agencies and departments to make government data available online using open standards. Boston City Councilor At Large Michelle Wu, who introduced the legislation Wednesday, officially announced her proposal Monday, the same day Boston Mayor Martin Walsh issued an executive order establishing an open data policy under which all city departments are directed to publish appropriate data sets under established accessibility, API and format standards. GO

YouTube Still Blocked In Turkey, Even After Courts Rule It Violates Human Rights, Infringes on Free Speech

Reuters reports that even after a Turkish court ruled to lift the ban on YouTube, Turkey's telecommunications companies continue to block the video sharing site.


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Everything You Need to Know About Social Media and India's General Election

The biggest democratic election in the world to date is taking place in India from April 7 to May 14, and, for the first time in India, the results might hinge on who runs a better social media campaign. The Mumbai research firm Iris Knowledge Foundation has said that Facebook will “wield a tremendous influence” but Indian politicians are not limiting their attentions to India's most popular social media platform. In addition to virtual campaigning are initiatives to inform, educate and encourage Indians to participate in their democracy.