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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

Obama's Victory in Black and White

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, January 4 2008

A powerful voice from the blogosphere explains just how historic Barack Obama's win in Iowa is...and shares the pain of America's violent racial history. A must read. Read More

Obama's Victory in Black and White

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, January 4 2008

A powerful voice from the blogosphere explains just how historic Barack Obama's win in Iowa is...and shares the pain of America's violent racial history. A must read. Read More

Announcing the Facebook Youth Primary

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 3 2008

Do younger voters have something to tell the rest of America? The League of Young Voters and Political Action are betting that they do, and along with a growing coalition of youth-oriented groups, they are ... Read More

If MoveOn Members Could Pick a Candidate...

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 2 2008

...the results would be as blurry as any other poll of Democratic primary voters (except for the appearance of Congressman Dennis Kucinich bunched alongside Barack Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton in the top four, ... Read More

Candidate Websites = "That End of the Cow"?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 2 2008

We already know that most presidential candidate websites are notoriously bereft of in-depth information about the candidates, other than a few hand-picked issue memos and the usual biographical fluffery. But we didn't ... Read More

Social Network Analysis of 2008: Is America Polarized or Just Really Impressionable?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 2 2008

Buyers of political books on Amazon are clearly divided between people who favor liberal titles vs people who favor conservative titles, with little cross-buying occurring. But a new study of consumer behavior suggests ... Read More

News Briefs

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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.


tuesday > Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like 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 is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and And strangely enough, seems to want its early users to ask 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.


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.


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.