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Edward Tufte: Saving America from "Intellectually Impoverished" Data Design

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Edward Tufte; photo by Nancy Scola. Over in the Washington Monthly, Joshua Yaffa has a deep profile of information design legend Edward Tufte that includes a look at how he answered his country's call to service and got ... Read More

Cantor Hands YouCut to 'Tea Party' Freshman

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Then-Minority Leader Eric Cantor introduced the YouCut program last May Majority Leader Eric Cantor is handing the reins of his YouCut online project over to a trio of Republican freshman, reports Politico's Marin ... Read More

Anonymous Ego Tripping

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Time's Evan Narcisse picks up on a few signs of infighting happening in the ranks loosely-knit (if knit at all) hacker troop Anonymous: While they claim to be a leaderless collective, some people in Anonymous act like ... Read More

U.S. Enters Age of Location-Aware Mobile Emergency Alerts

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

White House photo by Pete Souza If you're a customer of one of the big four mobile carriers and live in New York City, you could soon see a public safety announcement from President Obama pop up on your mobile phone. At ... Read More

Obama '12 Has Its Digital Director

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Teddy Goff; photo source: Blue State Digital Teddy Goff will lead the digital efforts of the 2012 Obama campaign, says a campaign source, confirming chatter that has been floating around in online politics circles. ... Read More

Judge Throws Out Koch Satirical Site Case

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Ben Smith points us to the news that a federal judge has thrown out a case involving a satirical website hosted by Bluehost, a site that -- at Koch-Inc.com -- told the world for a few hours that Koch Industries was ... Read More

White House Rolls Out Obama's Immigration Speech with Hashtags and House Parties

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

White House photo by Pete Souza Where once it was Glee ... What was the deal with this week's episode of Glee? And we're not talking about Will Schuester's questionable math skills or Holly Holiday's take on Adele. ... Read More

For a Second Year, House Republicans Compete to Win the Internet

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Rep. Cathy McMorris, the House Republican Conference's vice chair, manages to blend an announcement of the kick-off of the second annual GOP New Media Challenge with some digs that the online performance of her ... Read More

Paper's Apology for Erasing Clinton from History Hinges on Flickr Licensing

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 9 2011

White House photo Image credit: Failed Messiah, via Vos Iz Neias A Brooklyn Hasidic newspaper is apologizing for photoshopping U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton out of that now-iconic Situation Room photo of the ... Read More

Iowa Politics, the Wiki

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 9 2011

The Iowa Independent launches Factbook: This Iowa-centric project began with the simple realization that a wealth of information exists about Iowa politics that is scattered throughout websites, private collections and ... 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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