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'Job-Killing' or 'Anti-Environment?' House Dems, GOP Turn Online to Frame Regulation Debate

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 14 2011

Rep. Henry Waxman, the senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has launched a searchable database of votes on environmental issues by the 112th Congress — an attempt to push back on Republican ... Read More

Four Points for Technology in Politics From Obama's Jobs Plan

BY Nick Judd | Monday, September 12 2011

President Barack Obama was expected Monday to deliver legislation to Congress aimed at getting more Americans back to work. Photo: Natalie Maynor / Flickr Here are four nuggets from the White House's jobs plan, initially ... Read More

Visualizing the Future of American Jobs

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 9 2011

When President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress Thursday night, he did so with eye-catching visual aides — visible only to folks who watched the White House's live online feed of the speech. ... Read More

When High-Tech Meets Low Tech in Transparency

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 8 2011

Here's something smart that the Sunlight Foundation* did for its coverage of today's first meeting of the congressional "super committee" convened to resolve the nation's problem with rising national debt and deficits. ... Read More

Latest White House Infographic: 'The Bipartisan Compromise Explained in Three Steps'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 4 2011

The White House, ever mindful of using new ways to spread its message, has today released its graphical interpretation of the debt ceiling bill. The White House take on the bill and the points Republican House Speaker ... Read More

The Internet is Getting Together to #SlowClapForCongress

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 2 2011

"When the debt deal goes through," Baltimore-based developer Chris Ashworth mused Sunday on Twitter to what he describes as a fairly modest following, "can we start a meme where we all make videos of ourselves slowly ... Read More

From All Sides, Online Pushes to Scrap the Deal

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 1 2011

As members of Congress gather in Washington ahead of a vote on the controversial debt deal, all sides of this argument are urging action online — and for most of them, it's a call to scuttle the deal. Conservatives ... Read More

Advocating a #Compromise, White House Turns to New Media

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 29 2011

Source: Trendsmap As Sen. Kent Konrad (D-N.D.) delivers a staid and very traditional speech on the Senate floor during remarks on the debt ceiling, the White House new media team is going another direction entirely ... Read More

After Leaders' Calls for Public Support, House, Senate Flooded With Electronic Interest

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 26 2011

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were both warning the American public of catastrophe last night if the White House and the Republican leadership in Congress couldn't get together to reach a debt ... Read More

Anatomy of a Debt Debate, 140 Characters at a Time

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 25 2011

As negotiations over the U.S. government's debt continue, both Republicans and Democrats have been spending more and more time making their cases on Twitter. Check out this graph from the social media analytics site ... 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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