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Daily Digest: Silent Debate Better Than Real Ones?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 4 2007

The "Silent Debate" continues with Edwards vs Huckabee, moderated by Russert; NetCenter08 debuts; Paulites plan their own Tea Party; video-streaming isn't just for Justin; NPR's Democratic debate today may include ... Read More

I've Got the New York State Voter Registration Blues

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, December 2 2007

If you go to the New York State Board of Elections website, it says that the next primary is September 18, 2007. That is, more than two months ago. Read More

I've Got the New York State Voter Registration Blues

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, December 2 2007

If you go to the New York State Board of Elections website, it says that the next primary is September 18, 2007. That is, more than two months ago. Read More

Loose Links

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 30 2007

I encounter a lot of interesting stuff over the course of a day, and find myself leaving all kinds of tabs open and notes unfinished for posts that, alas, may never get written (especially after one of those periodic ... Read More

How CNN Demeans the Internet

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 29 2007

The “YouTube debates” are neither real debates, nor a serious use of the internet's potential. Worse, as blogger Jason Rosenbaum cogently argues, "By heavily moderating the questions, and by deliberately choosing ... Read More

How CNN Demeans the Internet

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 29 2007

The “YouTube debates” are neither real debates, nor a serious use of the internet's potential. Worse, as blogger Jason Rosenbaum cogently argues, "By heavily moderating the questions, and by deliberately choosing ... Read More

GOP CNN/YouTube Postmortem

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 28 2007

My quick take: This "debate," like last summer's Democratic CNN/YouTube debate, made for lively television. I'm sure it got a big audience, in part because the Republicans hadn't "debated" in a month and in part because ... Read More

It's the List, Stupid!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 28 2007

There's nothing wrong with political campaigns trying to build up their email lists. Nor is there anything wrong with doing it by riding the news and connecting their campaign priorities to voters' concerns. But when is ... Read More

Dodd Breaks the Frame, Asks YouTube Question of GOPers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 26 2007

Finally, a presidential candidate has seized the opportunity presented by the CNN/YouTube debates and posted a question of his colleagues. Remember when techPresident blogger David All urged his Republican colleagues to ... Read More

10Questions Update: Round Two Begins With a HuckaBang!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, November 17 2007

We've posted the top ten questions for the candidates, and already, one of them, Mike Huckabee, has answered! 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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