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First POST: Clips

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, December 14 2011

In today's First POST, our roundup of news about technology in politics from around the web: Time on the "C-SPAN Campaign," concern from the U.N. that someone might spoof their identity online, live-tweeting now allowed in U.K. courts, much more. Read More

First POST: Strength

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, December 8 2011

Campaign ads aimed at Iowa are getting a response across the country, especially when it comes to the topic of gay rights. A new campaign ad by Rick Perry, in which he emphasizes his Christian faith and opposition to ... Read More

First POST: Ballots

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, December 6 2011

Coming back to this later: First election monitors who crowdsourced reports of voting irregularities are repudiated by Russian authorities, then protesters take to the streets in the wake of elections in Russia. ... Read More

First POST: Blades

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 5 2011

With Miranda Neubauer Stick a pin in this because we're coming back to it later: citizen-steered surveillance drones may share American skies with police-operated vehicles in the very near future. Writing for Salon, ... Read More

First POST: Rules

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, December 2 2011

Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land takes an in-depth look at how Apple has been handling its first search-related scandal related to the iPhone's Siri not being able to find an abortion clinic. He notes that the ... Read More

First POST: Drippings

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, December 1 2011

In a recently released interview, State Department senior adviser for innovation Alec Ross gives a view from inside State on the impact of Wikileaks on its operations. (One you may have heard before; we have our own ... Read More

First POST: Documents

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 30 2011

Another Occupy Wall Street tactic that's spreading: the bat signal. From the Portland Mercury: Thanks to a tip, I took the elevator to the eighth floor of the parking garage directly across the street from the building ... Read More

First POST: Lines

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 29 2011

The new map of Massachusetts legislative districts that contributed to Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass) decision not to seek re-election next year. Source: Massachusetts State Legislature Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) ... Read More

First POST: Stance

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 28 2011

Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja blocked a police advance on protesters in Bahrain on Saturday and lived to tweet about it. Tomorrow, the Fight for the Future campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act hopes to raise 50,000 ... Read More

First POST: Advice

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 23 2011

In the spirit of the season: The obligatory presidential turkey pardon, a definitive history. Thanksgiving advice from this commenter on Amazon.com, discussing the merits of pepper spray as a condiment — maybe ... 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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