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Craig Newmark Campaigns for Military Families

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Today, Craig Newmark of craigslist announced in a blog post that he will be using his new craigconnects initiative to bolster the work of folks who are supporting veterans and military families. Announced in March, ... Read More

House Republican Leadership Okays Skype On House Network [CORRECTED]

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

The U.S. Capitol Building. Photo: Wikimedia The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has approved the use of Skype and ooVoo on the House network, Committee on House Administration chairman Daniel ... Read More

The Bachmann Announcement Bump, Twitter Edition

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Michele Bachmann at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., on June 17. Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr Rep. Michele Bachmann's "announcement bump" of Twitter followers after her official campaign launch ... Read More

OpenSpending, a Transparency Project to Make Government Spending Easier to Understand

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 27 2011

Spending by the Barnet Council in the UK on OpenSpending.org The Open Knowledge Foundation today launched OpenSpending, a web application for browsing and understanding data related to spending by world governments: The ... Read More

Fear Not, Flathead County Residents: Your Government Data is Insured Against the Lulz

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 27 2011

Flathead County, Montana, has secured insurance against its databases being hacked. In an age where Citibank and Sony Entertainment cannot protect their users' confidential data, it seems that no one, truly no one, can ... Read More

Do Lawmakers' Texts During Public Meetings Become Public Documents?

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 27 2011

The New Hampshire Union Leader's Beth LaMontagne Hall reports on some navel-gazing in Manchester, N.H., over texting during public meetings: During the June 12 Board of School Committee meeting, [Mayor Ted] Gatsas ... Read More

UK Home Office Considers Mapping Faces of Criminals

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 27 2011

The United Kingdom's Police.uk crime mapping website may be expanded to include photographs of offenders and more details about their offences, the BBC reported Sunday. The BBC gave a tip of the hat to the Sunday Times, ... Read More

Report: Fear of 'Internet Vigilantes' Holds Back Austrialian Internet Filtering Initiative

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 27 2011

Telstra, one of Australia's biggest Internet service providers, has not yet made a final decision on whether or not to cooperate with the federal government there to block access to websites that purvey material ... Read More

Obama: Keeping the Titanium-Fisted Reign of Robot Overlords At Bay

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 24 2011

Via Politico, President Barack Obama visits Carnegie Mellon University and decrees that its robotics lab is in no danger of heralding in the alloy bootheels of automaton rule: I just met with folks from some cutting ... Read More

Google Under Investigation By the Federal Trade Commission

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 24 2011

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Google's business practices, the company announced today. Politico has been tracking the story since April, and covered this morning's announcement. "Yesterday, we received ... Read More

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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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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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