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Daily Digest: 10/30/07 [UPDATE]

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 30 2007

Off The Bus and Scoop08, two citizen-journalism efforts tracking the election, get the New York Times treatment; a Republican CNN/YouTube debate is confirmed (I thought that already happened?); what is the meaning of ... Read More

Daily Digest: 10/22/07

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, October 22 2007

A interactive feature from the New York Times makes it easy to skip around through a text transcript and video of last night's Republican debate; Patrick Ruffini wants the crowd to help him index political blog ... Read More

MTV's Candidate Dialogues Are Promising

BY Michael Connery | Wednesday, September 26 2007

MTV’s “dialogues” with the candidates are starting up tomorrow, and on deck is Sen. John Edwards. As reported on multiple sites, these dialogues have the potential to be the most interactive and informative debates ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/20/07

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, September 20 2007

Chris Bowers on the progress of his Googlebombing campaign against Rudy Giuliani; Mashable has details on the tech used in the upcoming MySpace/MTV presidential "dialogues," and Matt Lewis anticipates some left-right ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/14/07

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, September 14 2007

A new study indicates that text messaging can increase youth voter turnout; the Huffington Post/Yahoo/Slate mashup debate is rolling, and it turns out we can use Jumpcut to edit the footage after all, but we're somewhat ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/12/07

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, September 12 2007

More news about the anti-Thompson site PhonyFred.org and its connection to the Romney campaign; the Huffington Post, Yahoo, and Slate team up to produce a "Mashup" presidential forum, though it might not allow for ... Read More

Don't Call It A Debate: MySpace and MTV Team Up

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, August 23 2007

We’ve known that MySpace has been planning a new kind of presidential forum, and today it's released new details. It will be partnering with MTV to produce a series of “one-on-one dialogues” between the ... Read More

You Can Run, But You Can't Hide

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, August 19 2007

What do William Gibson, George Orwell, Karl Rove, Chris Shays, Wikipedia and the rise of YouTube have to do with each other? Browsing today's news offerings, I find a connection. Read More

Daily Digest 8/8/07

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, August 8 2007

The open-sourcing of debate planning; the debate on the online Right; the demographics of the online Left; the ongoing decline of newspapers; another exploitative video; and whose website is winning the most attention... ... Read More

techPresidentTV #2: The Republicans & YouTube

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, August 3 2007

For your Friday viewing pleasure - check out our second techPresidentTV video. In this, our second, episode, Patrick Ruffini, David All, and blip.tv's Dina Kaplan join me to talk about Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani's ... 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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