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Veterans Affairs and HUD Join With Jon Bon Jovi To Launch Developer Challenge To Help Homeless Vets

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 19 2012

The departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development on Monday unveiled a new federal app challenge that is designed to help homeless veterans quickly find shelter and other vital resources in a pinch. Read More

Craig Newmark Campaigns for Military Families

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Today, Craig Newmark of craigslist announced in a blog post that he will be using his new craigconnects initiative to bolster the work of folks who are supporting veterans and military families. Announced in March, ... Read More

VA Hopes a Blogger's Voice Will Create Change

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 10 2011

The Washington Post's Lisa Rein profiles Alex Horton, a military blogger critical of the Department of Veteran's Affairs who has been hired to continue blogging about the VA, from the inside: The agency hopes to use the ... Read More

How Well is the U.S. Networking Vets?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 22 2011

Fascinating debate over what it really means to connect with military veterans happening in the comments of VAntage Point, the Department of Veterans Affairs blog, sparked by IAVA's Paul Reickhoff criticizing the VA for ... Read More

Tech's Networking Vets Back Together Again. And Not Just the Young Ones.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 11 2010

Where military veterans live in the United States, with increasing greenness indicating increase in the percentage of veterans as compared to the population as a whole. Image source: The U.S. Census Bureau. 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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