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Twitter Grows Public Policy Team With Former FCC Staffer Colin Crowell

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 29 2011

Twitter's public policy team grows with the addition of former FCC senior counselor Colin Crowell, whose hiring was announced Monday. Photo: Andy Melton / Flickr A top former staffer at the Federal Communications ... Read More

In Search of a Citizen-Congress Feedback Loop

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 26 2011

In a blog post yesterday, OpenCongress' Danny Shaw writes that over 1,500 letters have been sent on their platform since they launched a new feature about a month ago that allows users to tap Opencongress to send letters ... Read More

Congressional Staffers are On Social Media. What Does That Change?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 26 2011

The Congressional Management Foundation released a study earlier today that found a majority of senior congressional staffers view at least some social media as important for taking the temperature of public opinion ... Read More

How To Reach Your Member of Congress Today, Online or Off

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 26 2011

Republicans and Democrats in Congress today are swamped with public opinion. Will they hear what you're saying, or fail? Illustration: David Colarusso / Flickr With congressional switchboards jammed today after dueling ... Read More

How Much Anger Can One Email Cause?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 21 2011

The ongoing kerfuffle over freshman Republican Florida congressman Allen West's Tuesday email to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee — the one where, after a disagreement on ... 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

Rep. Anthony Weiner, Internet Daredevil

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 9 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner; photo credit: mysticchildz If you really pay attention to the details of this whole Anthony Weiner situation, one of the things that jumps out is just how amazingly reckless the 46 year-old married ... Read More

"YouTube Town Hall" Launches for Congressional Clips

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

The company's new head-to-head video platform officially rolls out this morning, via Morning Tech: YouTube Town Hall is an online platform for members of Congress to debate and discuss the most important issues of the ... Read More

Whither Open Gov? The Latest on Dollars for Data

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 5 2011

An update on the situation where funding for open government projects like Data.gov and the IT Dashboard would be cut down to the bone as part of budget negotiations happening on the Hill: the Sunlight Foundation's* ... Read More

Open Government: "Free" as in Someone-Still-Needs-to-Appropriate-Funds-for-It

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 28 2011

Open government advocates are freaking out about what the continuing budget resolutions being considered in the House and Senate would do to federal transparency projects like Data.gov, USASpending.gov, and online ... 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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In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

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