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First POST: False Alarms

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, March 28 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Let's all not freak out about things that aren't really going to break the Internet; let's all wonder who's going to be the next chair of the Federal Communications Commission; let's all read today's round-up of news about technology in politics, from around the web. Read More

First POST: Start from Scratch

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, March 27 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Predicting political tech in 2016; decoding the gun control debate; how to help Congress smarten up; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Fresh Questions

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, March 26 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Starting to look through Knight News Challenge applications; getting serious about the study of open government; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The Future FCC

BY Nick Judd | Monday, March 25 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Julius Genachowski's legacy as chairman of the FCC; a new political push from Facebook; municipal government's new quantitative focus; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Creatives

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Julius Genachowski's departure; debating the consequences of the "creative class;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Infrastructure

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, March 21 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: New disclosures on law enforcement's interest in Microsoft customers; the project of municipal Wifi returns to San Jose, Calif.; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Sensors

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, March 20 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Sensor journalism, online privacy reform, copyright policy and open government in Congress in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

What's Innovative, and What Isn't, in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace

BY Nick Judd and Bailey McCann | Tuesday, March 19 2013

The new federal health care marketplace elevates government IT — but only so far. Credit

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The federal Department of Health and Human Services is giving an open-source face to the complex new world of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Under that open-source face, though, will be complex systems procured and built just like many other government technology projects: Through multi-million-dollar firms that are part of huge companies and, in one case, a vendor owned by the same parent company as a major health care provider — a situation that presents the appearance of a conflict of interest. Read More

First POST: Jack for Mayor?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, March 19 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus: Is Twitter's Jack Dorsey going to run for mayor of New York City? This and other questions explored in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Reince Priebus' Plan

BY Nick Judd | Monday, March 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus' plans related to party diversity and digital upgrades; strange bedfellows on digital privacy; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. 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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