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10Questions Update: Do You Digg Religion in Politics?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 5 2007

Over the weekend, 10Questions got Dugg, big-time. Here’s what happened... Read More

10Questions Update: Spreading the Attention Around

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 2 2007

10Questions.com had 1,300 unique visits yesterday, with about 6,000 page views. Even with that lower level of traffic, the number of votes on the site continues to grow at a healthy pace, with another 2,000 tallied ... Read More

10Questions Update: Spreading the Attention Around

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 2 2007

10Questions.com had 1,300 unique visits yesterday, with about 6,000 page views. Even with that lower level of traffic, the number of votes on the site continues to grow at a healthy pace, with another 2,000 tallied ... Read More

10Questions Update: Halfway Thru Round One

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 1 2007

It's halfway through Round One and we’ve tallied more than 53,000 votes from nearly 17,000 participants, and the number of video questions on the site now stands at 142. Plus, we've tweaked the home page to hopefully ... Read More

10Questions Update: Halfway Thru Round One

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 1 2007

It's halfway through Round One and we’ve tallied more than 53,000 votes from nearly 17,000 participants, and the number of video questions on the site now stands at 142. Plus, we've tweaked the home page to hopefully ... Read More

10Questions Update: New "History" Feature Added

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 31 2007

Things calmed down a bit on 10Questions yesterday, after all the MySpace/MTV/Obama attention on Monday, with about 2400 unique visits in all. Videos keep coming in at a healthy pace, and participants added another 2000 ... Read More

10Questions Update: New "History" Feature Added

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 31 2007

Things calmed down a bit on 10Questions yesterday, after all the MySpace/MTV/Obama attention on Monday, with about 2400 unique visits in all. Videos keep coming in at a healthy pace, and participants added another 2000 ... Read More

10Questions Update 10/29/07: Usage Surges!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 29 2007

Well, we've had quite a weekend, ever since we announced that the top question as of 10am today would be asked of Senator Barack Obama during this afternoon's live MySpace/MTV dialogue at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. ... Read More

10Questions Update 10/29/07: Usage Surges!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 29 2007

Well, we've had quite a weekend, ever since we announced that the top question as of 10am today would be asked of Senator Barack Obama during this afternoon's live MySpace/MTV dialogue at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. ... Read More

Tech Guru Vince Stehle Launches LoremIpsum.com

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, October 27 2007

Veteran adviser to the nonprofit sector and technology guru Vince Stehle today announced his new venture, LoremIpsum.com. The site will provide filler content to web developers worldwide for free, and make money off the ... 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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