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The State of Digital Political Satire

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

Politico's Byron Tau reports on how online shenanigans -- like snatching up ExploreNewt2012.com, and pointing it to, say, Buddy Roemer's exploratory site, or that fake Jane Corwin campaign site -- are shaping up for ... Read More

Secret Service Questions WA Boy about Obama Facebook Post

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The U.S. Secret Service questioned a 13-year old Tacoma boy after he posted on Facebook a note that referenced Osama Bin Laden's death, Barack Obama, and suicide bombers. The boy's mom is upset that law enforcement ... Read More

"YouTube Town Hall" Launches for Congressional Clips

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The company's new head-to-head video platform officially rolls out this morning, via Morning Tech: YouTube Town Hall is an online platform for members of Congress to debate and discuss the most important issues of the ... Read More

"We Will Use the Technology that Kaczynski Railed Against"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 17 2011

The U.S. Marshal Service has posted a Flickr photo set showing some of the Unabomber's effects that will be auctioned online this week; slidshow created with Flickr Slideshow by Softsea. Starting tomorrow, the U.S. ... Read More

The Petering Out of Apps Contests

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 17 2011

Looking at civic apps that haven't gone much of anywhere, Government Technology's Andy Opsahl asks what the future holds for "Apps for X" contests that were, until recently, all the rage. He interviews some of ... Read More

A Fiery Twitter Debate About Race, Obama, Bin Laden, Gingrich, and Salon. Umm, Right?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 17 2011

Reading Kevin Drum, one learns that Salon's Glenn Greenwald all worked up about the supposed "about 30 obsessive, truly unstable Obama cultists who sit on Twitter all day, literally, smearing with vile, rancid ... Read More

On Twitter, We're All Don Rumsfeld. And Vice Versa.

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 17 2011

James Fallows considers the career path that led Donald Rumsfeld from member of Congress to White House chief of staff to Secretary of Defense -- twice --to now being the guy who tweets out updates on how many people ... Read More

Washington Times Not Pleased President is on the Phone

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

The paper's editorial board makes the argument you knew was coming: the new mobile presidential push-notification alert system represents "Obama's 300 million new Twitter followers." Read More

Data.gov, Now More Social

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

O'Reilly's Alex Howard points us to the news that there's a "next generation" Data.gov on the way, one designed to make it easier for people to stumble upon and explore data. Socrata, the social data platform ... Read More

News Briefs

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First POST: Company

The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Mood Slime

The Sony email leak reveals the MPAA's campaign against Google; how Uber is lobbying in local markets; mapping the #MillionsMarchNYC; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Cloudy

What the Internet is not; new analysis of public opinion on net neutrality; how cloud backup apparently foiled a police coverup; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Records

Is the future of citizen journalism vigilantism?; one tech mogul's vocal support for CIA torture; a cri de couer from the founder of the Pirate Bay; and much, much more. GO

Web Index Sees Impact of Net Neutrality, Surveillance and Copyright Laws

Denmark, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden have come out on top of the Web Index, a ranking of the Web Foundation measuring the economic, social and political benefit that countries gain from the web. The United States is at number six. For the authors of the report accompanying the index, the results reflect how inequality has an impact on access to the web. "Nordic policy-makers have been quick to adopt and promote the free Internet - and open access to information - as a 21st century public good," the report states. " Others, as this year's findings show, need to move fast to catch up." The report attributes the Scandinavian countries' advantage to the countries' broader efforts to invest in public goods and establish a welfare and acting against " excess concentrations of wealth and power." With the lower inequality in those countries than in others, "the skills, means and freedoms to benefit from new technologies are widespread, which helps to explain why Scandinavian countries score highly on the political, social and economic impact of the Web GO

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