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Poligraft Launches. Swear.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, August 5 2010

Earlier this week, I teased you all with pre-mature notice that the Sunlight Foundation's* new Poligraft.com had launched. This afternoon, I pinkie swear that the site is actually up and running. Read More

Open Data, Open Kitchens, Closed Mouths?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, August 3 2010

Photo credit: moominmolly New York City restaurateurs aren't particularly thrilled by the city's new easy-to-use website and widget for pulling up health inspection data on the city's many eateries, delis, and Read More

Data Has Its Limits: Searching for Stories in "Top Secret America," Wikileaks

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 30 2010

Judge Richard Posner isn't a fan of "Top Secret America," the Washington Post's investigative project that landed with a big splash but hasn't seemed to produce many subsequent ripples. Read More

Lucy Bernholz on the Need for Social Analytics

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, July 20 2010

Lucy Bernholz is writing one of the smartest and most engaging blogs I follow, Philanthropy 2173. The title of her site might make you think it's only about philanthropy, but it's really more about the future, social ... Read More

The Insecurity of Information Overload

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, July 19 2010

As part of its two-year investigation into "Top Secret America," theWashington Post has posted an interactive navigator of the myriad connections between various government agencies and scores of government ... Read More

On Kurds, Data, and the Press

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 15 2010

Evidence in support of the argument that the audience for open government data can, quite usefully, be the "mainstream media": an article in today's New York Times' on Americans profiting from Kurdish oil ... Read More

Dems Release Voter Reg Widget

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 14 2010

Participants in the DNC's online voter registration drive get their choice of buttons. Read More

Shiny New Federal IT Dashboard Debuts

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 14 2010

Vivek Kundra, U.S. CIO, unveiled a revamped federal IT Dashboard tody. 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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