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All Online Politics is Personalized, Or May Soon Be

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 25 2010

As online political advertising and email targeting mature, you can imagine that campaigns would really enjoy knowing a great deal about what you do online, and what it says about you as a person -- and a voter. Read More

Why Your Insurance Plan's Been Disappeared from Obama's HealthCare.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 4 2010

A screen shot from the Obama administration's upgraded HealthCare.gov showing all the health insurance plans available to me -- as in, none. Read More

Hating on Thomas.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 14 2010

As part of our continuing great debate about the worthiness of THOMAS.gov, the Library of Congress's online legislative information portal, David Moore of OpenCongress shares with me the opinion that as it stands, the ... Read More

Dangerous Data Perfectionism

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 10 2010

Here's another take on this question of what quality of openness and transparency it's reasonable for us to expect from government, this from Gunnar Hellekson. As Chief Technology Strategist for the domestic public ... Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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