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Bush Blogs, Sort Of

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 21 2008

Looks like President Bush or one of his ghost-writers had time to post some "Trip Notes From the Middle East" that are almost bloggish in their style. Now we know who picks out the president's suits and ties. (Hat tips ... Read More

Ross Perot Surfaces

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 17 2008

Jonathan Alter has a fun scoop in Newsweek: a rare interview with Ross Perot, America's most reclusive political figure. Three things jumped out at me in the interview, which was mainly about Perot's dislike of John ... Read More

The Democratic Race: Obama Dominating Online Organizing of Offline Events

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 15 2008

Time for another periodic look at grassroots activity being generated by the top Democratic campaigns, which give their supporters online tools to organize and advertise local house parties, fundraisers, phone-banking ... Read More

Calling Convention Bloggers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 15 2008

The political conventions are at the end of the summer, but if you're a blogger seeking credentials, don't forget to get your application in. Read More

Unity08, Bloomberg and the Specter of an Independent for President

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 10 2008

Whither third parties and independents in 2008? Unity08 is fading, as expected. But Bloomberg may yet run, if the conditions are right. With the right message, he could even go all the way. Read More

Power Tools

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 10 2008

MoveOn is rolling out some cool new tools for political organizing, starting with "VotePoke"--an innovative way to get people registered to vote--and ActivList, an event syndication feed. Read More

Power Tools

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 10 2008

MoveOn is rolling out some cool new tools for political organizing, starting with "VotePoke"--an innovative way to get people registered to vote--and ActivList, an event syndication feed. Read More

Internet Politics 101: The List vs The Network

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 8 2008

Which would you rather have: A million-member email list or a network of 25,000 bloggers and 20,000 fundraisers? A look at Clinton vs Obama's metrics leads me to one answer: a network is more powerful than a list. Read More

Hillary's Conversation With Youth: Too Little, Too Late?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, January 6 2008

After sneering at the Facebook vote, the Clinton campaign has quietly unveiled a new effort to engage young voters directly in conversation online. Read More

Obama's Victory in Black and White

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, January 4 2008

I've been sick with the flu since last night and barely keeping up with anything. But in one of my (rare) lucid moments today I came across this post by "Lower Manhattanite" on The Group News Blog, a site that continues ... 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.


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.


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.