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Apps Contests Are "Alive and Well"

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 19 2011

Open government developer Mark Headd objects to Government Technology's recent article on the future of municipal apps contests, the one that I wrote up here. Headd suggests that some of the assumptions and observations ... Read More

The Time That Andy Carvin, Mark Lynch, and Twitter Interviewed the White House's Ben Rhodes

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 19 2011

From left to right, Marc Lynch, Andy Carvin, and Ben Rhodes. From a journalistic perspective, the idea of a White House teaming up with two media figures to produce a White House event can be discomforting. But even ... Read More

@WhiteHouse: Twitter Talk with Andy Carvin and Marc Lynch

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 19 2011

Just a reminder that right at the moment the White House is hosting a Twitter-based conversation on the Middle East between national security advisor Ben Rhodes, NPR's Andy Carvin, and Foreign Policy's Marc Lynch. Read More

The Long Campaign

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 19 2011

Over on the Wall Street Journal, deputy editorial page editor Daniel Henninger floats the idea that team Obama is eager to get the '12 campaign started because, in short, David Plouffe "saw early on that no ... Read More

Can't. Log-in. To. The. Secret. Service. Twitter. Account. Anymore.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 19 2011

The new-to-Twitter U.S. Secret Service calls an "our bad" on a staffer tweeting out, on their official @SecretService account, "Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can't. Deal. With. The. Blathering." The ... Read More

David Plouffe's Latest Digital Campaign

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 19 2011

"President Barack Obama meets with Press Secretary Jay Carney, left, and Senior Advisor David Plouffe, center, before an interview with Ben Feller of the Associated Press, in Chicago, Ill., April 15, 2011;" ... Read More

W.H. Organizes Post-Speech Twitter Conversation on the Middle East with @carvin and @abuaardvark

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) and Foreign Policy's Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) will be facilitating a Twitter conversation with Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes shortly after President Obama delivers a speech ... Read More

Citizens, Lend CFPB Your Design Chops

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

Over at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that agency-in-the-works headed up by Elizabeth Warren, they're rolling out a especially creative approach to citizen feedback. Over on ConsumerFinance.gov, they're ... Read More

Obama '12 Email Offer: Get Your $15 "Long Form" Mug

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The Obama '12 operation hit some portion of its email list with a fundraising ask that can probably fairly be called rather cheeky: for $15, according to one version of the email, you can get yourself a mug featuring ... Read More

A Bucketful of Transparency Papers

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

Just a heads up on a potentially valuable resource: Rutgers Newark's School of Public Affairs and Administration has posted a slew of academic research papers on transparency in conjunction with its 1st Global Conference ... Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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