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First POST: Expansion

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 24 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Code for America goes international; The Nation revisits software terms of service; President Barack Obama talks digital surveillance; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

From the PDF Archives: Anthony Weiner, Digital Prophet

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 23 2013

Before former Congressman Anthony Weiner announced his candidacy for mayor of New York City in a web video released late at night, before his Twitter habits with young women ended his career in the House, he was an online media skeptic — and, in a way, he prophesied exactly the role that media would play in the end of his first act on the political stage. In video from our archive of Personal Democracy Forum 2004, where Weiner was a speaker, he dismisses blogs as unnecessary in his district because there was "no lack of intimacy" between him and his constituents. Read More

First POST: About That "G"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 23 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: On transparency in Russia; analyzing the aftermath of the tornado in Oklahoma; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Announcements

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Anthony Weiner is in the New York mayor's race; everyone's taking a closer look at Silicon Valley politics; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Recovery

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 21 2013

Watching recovery efforts in Oklahoma, a landmark change at the Federal Communications Commission, and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Today's First POST is available for anyone to read. Read More

TechPresident Podcast: Prosecutions and Politics

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 20 2013

In this edition of the techPresident Podcast: The techPresident team talks about Silicon Valley politics, Internet entrepreneurs lobbying, and the transparency tribulations resulting from the Justice Department's subpoena of AP phone records. With: Sarah Lai Stirland, Nick Judd and Micah Sifry Sound editing: Sam Roudman Read More

First POST: The Acquisition

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 20 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: By acquiring Tumblr, Yahoo gets a big audience — and a favorite platform for political culture warriors; Silicon Valley pushes for changes to immigration reform legislation; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Compromises

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Organizing for Action's new stumbling block; "accelerating" a civic technology industry; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The "Facebook Squad"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 16 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Renegotiating access, protection for journalists, and leadership at the IRS; new Census data for political researchers; FWD.us' "Facebook squad;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Consequences

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Another Internet outage in Syria; continued inquiry into selective enforcement and allegations of prosecutorial overreach in the Obama administration; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

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China's Porn Purge Has Only Just Begun, And Already Sina Is Stripped of Publication License

It seems that China is taking spring cleaning pretty seriously. On April 13 they launched their most recent online purge, “Cleaning the Web 2014,” which will run until November. The goal is to rid China's Internet of pornographic text, pictures, video, and ads in order to “create a healthy cyberspace.” More than 100 websites and thousands of social media accounts have already been closed, after less than a month. Today the official Xinhua news agency reported that the authorities have stripped the Internet giant Sina (of Sina Weibo, the popular microblogging site) of its online publication license. This crackdown on porn comes on the heels of a crackdown on “rumors.” Clearly, this spring cleaning isn't about pornography, it's about censorship and control.

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

What Has the EU Ever Done For Us?: Countering Euroskepticism with Viral Videos and Monty Python

Ahead of the May 25 European Elections, the most intense campaigning may not be by the candidates or the political parties. Instead, some of the most passionate campaigns are more grassroots efforts focused on for a start stirring up the interest of the European electorate. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.

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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.

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The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.

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