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Insurgents Within the Minority

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 1 2010

Mother Jones' Kevin Drum expands upon an idea we've entertained here. New media or direct media or whatever you want to call it is going to naturally be more appealing to insurgents, a factor at play in the emerging ... Read More

The GOP's Growing Affection for Online Socializing

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 28 2010

Mother Jones' Stephanie Mencimer has a good, if overly stark, look at the state of things when it comes to congressional Democrats, Republicans, and the Internet: Read More

BP Undecided on Hitting Web Cam "Off" Switch

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 25 2010

Mother Jones' David Corn reports that Rep. Ed Markey is objecting to BP's decision to kill its live web cam at the moment it attempts to kill the leaking Deepwater Horizon well off the Gulf Coast. But BP is contending, ... Read More

House Dems Get a New Media Space of Their Own

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 20 2010

Elements within the House Democratic caucus have been endeavoring for a while now to pull together a forum within which its members can share what they know when it comes to social media. No need to re-invent the savvy ... Read More

Pardon Me, This is a Hijacking...

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 23 2010

The Hill has the story of the campaign by one activist group to "politely hijack" the official Facebook pages of members of Congress. Read More

True Fact: Congress' Websites Don't Have to Stink

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 22 2010

This is what a congressional website should look like, says the Congressional Management Foundation; credit: Murkowski.Senate.gov Read More

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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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