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First POST: Rated

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 23 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Regulatory fights over the sharing economy, naming D.C.'s leading insiders in government technology, and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Selected for Special Screening

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Which would you rather the TSA screen, your shoes or your Facebook friends? This and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Liberated

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 19 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Hackers join the political fray around cybersecurity; Alexei Navalny is freed; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Selling Obamacare

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The art and science of 21st-century health care; mounting pressure on the Obama administration over NSA surveillance; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: More Questions

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: More questions for the intelligence community and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Unsealed

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 16 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Yahoo's legal fight in secret courts and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The Verdict

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Following the ups and downs of municipally owned Wi-Fi; reacting to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Asylum

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 12 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Edward Snowden's latest search for asylum; new details of coopration between the NSA and Microsoft; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: "Candor"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 11 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Hackers ask feds not to come to an annual conclave they've been invited to for years; Congress says intelligence officials "exaggerated" the effectiveness of their spying programs; an online organizing project hopes to restore a city's abandoned spaces; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Access

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: James Comey vs. a former judge on FISA courts; looking for Britain's "armchair auditors;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

News Briefs

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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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In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

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In Pakistan, A Hypocritical Gov't Ignores Calls To End YouTube Ban

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan by executive order since September 2012, after the “blasphemous” video Innocence of Muslims started riots in the Middle East. Since then, civil society organizations and Internet rights advocacy groups like Bolo Bhi and Bytes for All have been working to lift the ban. Last August the return of YouTube seemed imminent—the then-new IT Minister Anusha Rehman spoke optimistically and her party, which had won the majority a few months before, was said to be “seriously contemplating” ending the ban. And yet since then, Rehman and her party, the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), have done everything in their power to maintain the status quo.

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The #NotABugSplat Campaign Aims to Give Drone Operators Pause Before They Strike

In the #NotABugSplat campaign that launched this week, a group of American, French and Pakistani artists sought to raise awareness of the effects of drone strikes by placing a field-sized image of a young girl, orphaned when a drone strike killed her family, in a heavily targeted region of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Its giant size is visible to those who operate drone strikes as well as in satellite imagery. GO

Boston and Cambridge Move Towards More Open Data

The Boston City Council is now considering an ordinance which would require Boston city agencies and departments to make government data available online using open standards. Boston City Councilor At Large Michelle Wu, who introduced the legislation Wednesday, officially announced her proposal Monday, the same day Boston Mayor Martin Walsh issued an executive order establishing an open data policy under which all city departments are directed to publish appropriate data sets under established accessibility, API and format standards. GO

YouTube Still Blocked In Turkey, Even After Courts Rule It Violates Human Rights, Infringes on Free Speech

Reuters reports that even after a Turkish court ruled to lift the ban on YouTube, Turkey's telecommunications companies continue to block the video sharing site.

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Everything You Need to Know About Social Media and India's General Election

The biggest democratic election in the world to date is taking place in India from April 7 to May 14, and, for the first time in India, the results might hinge on who runs a better social media campaign. The Mumbai research firm Iris Knowledge Foundation has said that Facebook will “wield a tremendous influence” but Indian politicians are not limiting their attentions to India's most popular social media platform. In addition to virtual campaigning are initiatives to inform, educate and encourage Indians to participate in their democracy.

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