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Claire McCaskill Hires Blue State Digital's Alex Kellner As Digital Director

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, February 6 2012

Missouri's senior Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has hired Blue State Digital's Alex Kellner as its digital director. Read More

Blue State's Lauren Miller Moving to Elizabeth Warren's Campaign

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 6 2012

Blue State Digital's director of online communications, Lauren Miller, announced yesterday that she is leaving the left-leaning software giant to join U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's campaign as new media director. Miller starts working for Warren in about two weeks. Read More

Obama '12 Has Its Digital Director

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Teddy Goff; photo source: Blue State Digital Teddy Goff will lead the digital efforts of the 2012 Obama campaign, says a campaign source, confirming chatter that has been floating around in online politics circles. ... Read More

Interview: Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Blue State Digital Partner, on Being Acquired by Global Giant WPP

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 30 2010

Blue State Digital, the firm that gained notice for its role in in the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, announced today that it had been fully aquired by global communications giant WPP. Read More

Blue State Digital Bought by WPP

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 30 2010

We interrupt this vacation to bring you the news that Blue State Digital, the digital strategy and communications firm perhaps best known for its work on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, has been acquired by WPP ... Read More

Stacks and Stacks of Emails

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 2 2010

One reason your inbox might have felt a bit swamped by election emails in the last twelve hours: Blue State Digital, just one of the digital firms on the Democratic-slash-progressive side of things, reports having sent ... Read More

Demanding More in Brazil

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, August 19 2010

Reuters' Stuart Grudging reports on the uncertain impact of online campaigning in the race to replace Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, better known as just "Lula." Read More

One Word: "Email"

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, August 9 2010

AdAge's Edmund Lee reports on the increasing centrality of online search-tied ads as part of the campaign repertoire. But a voice of caution comes to us from Joe Rospars, Blue State Digital co-founder and, of course, the ... Read More

"Yes We Cannabis" (Updated)

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, January 8 2010

Okay, so there's a slight chance that our interest in the application of the Obama campaign's online lessons to other, non-presidential realms is edging over the line into obsession. But, the fact is that Obama '08 ... 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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