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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

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Civic Hackers Call on de Blasio to Fill Technology Vacancies

New York City technology advocates on Wednesday called on the de Blasio administration to fill vacancies in top technology policy positions, expressing some frustration at the lack of a leadership team to implement a cohesive technology strategy for the city. GO

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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