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Huntsman is In

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 21 2011

At an event held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, and that was streamed live on his still sparse website, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman officially announced he was joining the field of Republican presidential ... Read More

Quote of the Day: Claiming No 'Particular Expertise on Games,' Al Gore Predicts the Gamification of Politics

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 20 2011

It's inevitable that the ubiquity of games will produce among political leaders an awareness that this is a very important part of our culture and civilization. There always comes a moment where they get it and try to ... Read More

With Kundra Leaving, Hunt for His Replacement Begins

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 20 2011

Blogging for Forbes, Kevin L. Jackson names three possible replacements for outgoing White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. Kundra will leave the administration later this year to join Harvard. Department of ... Read More

Is Faking a Retweet Parody, or Beyond the Pale?

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 20 2011

The Onion's Baratunde Thurston, a co-founder of Jack & Jill Politics, thinks the Republican Senatorial Committee jumped the shark with a recent Twitter prank. The NRSC's official account posted what looked like a ... Read More

A Good Story Well Told Is a Powerful Thing: Cities and Social Media Edition

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 20 2011

Late last month, some folks in Grand Rapids, Mich. — a city of less than 1 million people — used a well-made viral video to completely change the way the world views their city. Theirs was just one of many ... Read More

Jon Huntsman Spins Up Online Operation

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 20 2011

With cryptic teaser videos and a web presence that says next to nothing about his presidential bid as of earlier this morning, Jon Huntsman's campaign kickoff is so far looking more like a marketing campaign for a ... Read More

Quote of the Day: James O'Keefe, 'Community Organizer'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 17 2011

I'm a pretty controversial guy. What should I call myself? Is what I do journalism? Organizing? Agit-prop? Well, I call myself a community organizer, a community organizer of citizen journalists.   — James ... Read More

Facebook Users are More Politically Active, Pew Says

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 17 2011

A study released yesterday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds Facebook users are far more likely to be politically engaged: Our survey was conducted over the November 2010 elections. At that time, 10% ... Read More

Toward a More Digital Union

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 17 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives is now considering a more digital system of recordkeeping, Federal News Radio reports: The Committee on House Administration wants to move to electronic documents to reduce paper waste ... Read More

'Nerds in Parliament:' MEP Marietje Schaake

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 17 2011

On occasion of the European Union's first Digital Agenda Assembly, the Wall Street Journal's Tech Europe blog today profiles Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament who attributes her election to people she ... 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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