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First POST: Makeup

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 25 2011

Halloween-themed ad season has begun with this anti-super-PAC one from Common Cause. Fighting back online against President Barack Obama's new "we can't wait line" — can't wait, that is, for Congress to take ... Read More

First POST: 'Blockade'

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 24 2011

The "WikiLeaks Mobile Information Collection Unit" truck, an occassional visitor to Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, is a prank. Photo: Pameladrew212 / Flickr Addressing the media at a conference this morning in ... Read More

First POST: Reckoning

BY Nick Judd | Friday, October 21 2011

British MP Tom Watson is expected to stir things up today at News Corp's first post-phone hacking shareholder's meeting. The BBC reports he says he plans to "make fresh allegations about malpractice by News Corp ... Read More

First POST: Counterpoint

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 20 2011

Writing in chalk on the sidewalk in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo: Caelie__ / Flickr The latest blogger to build a map of Occupy protests around the world did so on Flickr's corporate blog, mapping Flickr photos ... Read More

First POST: Time Series

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 19 2011

How to map data over time. Here's an obligatory debate reaction roundup. Debate-night campaign emails, in order of arrival: Ron Paul, "The Gloves Are Off," an email promoting a moneybomb today that made no mention of ... Read More

First POST: 'Aye, Captain'

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 18 2011

Not-Mitt Romney is "leaving at three to pick apples." Associated Press reporters used encryption and removed the batteries from their phones, among other tech tactics, to keep their investigation of the New York Police ... Read More

First POST: Networks

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 17 2011

One of Taegan Goddard's readers sends him a video. Title: "Herman Cain is Not Going to be the POTUS". Venue: YouTube, where, views-wise, Cain is just outside of the top four with just shy of 2 million views. Here's a ... Read More

First POST: Interrupted

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 13 2011

Research in Motion said BlackBerry service is expected to improve today after outages that have plagued users around the world. Photo: Cheon Fong Liew / Flickr Storm surge: After disruptions to BlackBerry service that ... Read More

First POST: Raised Eyebrows

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 12 2011

Through the magic of Internet video comes Politico's Rick Perry reaction cam! Off-topic: Poor Ron Paul. The candidates last night, on Occupy Wall Street: - Gingrich: "I think the people who are protesting on Wall Street ... Read More

First POST: Looking Forward, Looking Back

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 11 2011

This YouTube video plays a cameo role in the new profile of Elizabeth Warren, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau architect turned U.S. Senate candidate, that appears in November's issue of Vanity Fair. The video, ... 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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