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Scope of U.S. Online Piracy Bill Too Broad, Says the Business Software Alliance

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 21 2011

A piece of legislation designed to thwart online piracy and counterfeiting being considered in the House is still too broad in its scope not to risk interfering with innovation, said the head of the Business Software ... Read More

What's In a Domain Name? For #OWS Protesters, Whatever It Is, It's Worth $8,000

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 4 2011

Jon Huntsman didn't own jonhuntsman.com, Tim Kaine didn't own timkaine.com, and both sites were for a time actually devoted to making fun of their namesakes. (As of today, Timkaine.com still redirects to the Communist ... Read More

How to Lobby the Internet

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 31 2011

Beginning in January, anyone with the know-how to run a domain name registry, a $185,000 application fee and the time ride out a lengthy application process will be able to apply to run their own top-level domain, ... Read More

Anatomy of a Political Twitter Strategy Gone Wrong

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 27 2011

Call it squatting, or parody, or just being a watchdog, but occupying domain names or user names similar to ones used by your opponents has been in the online politics bag o' tricks for years. On the Internet at large, ... Read More

Democrats Say "GutsyCall.com" Wasn't Them

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 6 2011

The Democratic National Committee tells the Huffington Post's Sam Stein that the Obama campaign apparatus had nothing to do with the redirection of GutsyCall.com to the Obama campaign website, despite speculation floated ... Read More

DNS Takedowns Fold Poker Sites

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

The latest target in the federal government's domain name sweep: poker sites. Forget civil libertarians; those really crying are the graphic designers. Read More

Jon Huntsman Learns the Pain of Not Registering His Eponymous Domain

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

Resigning Ambassador to China and possible Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman doesn't own JonHuntsman.com, and he gets a reminder of why that's not the best idea. Up live on the site is a handwritten mash ... Read More

Comrade Kaine?

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 8 2011

The political prankster who owns TimKaine.com has changed the site so it now redirects to the Communist Party USA's webpage, the Washington Examiner has observed. The Examiner's Yeas & Nays column seems to think this ... Read More

How Google's Looking for Haley Barbour

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

Slate's Justin Elliot parses the severity of Haley Barbour's "Google problem." (Still, a point in Barbour's column is that the first result for a straight name search on Barbour is governorbarbour.com, his ... Read More

Master of His Domain II

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

Dave Weigel picks up on the fact that TimKaine.com redirects to Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli's site, and Dave at least initially gets caught up in what we're calling the Rhubarbrhubarbrhubarbrhubarb.com trap -- remember, ... Read More

News Briefs

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First POST: Upgrades

Obama tech veterans heading to Hillary 2016?; renewed calls for Obama to stop collecting Americans' phone metadata; FCC upgrades its definition of broadband service, finally; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Blogrolling

How Canada spies on its citizens' web behavior; with uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan quitting the field, whither political blogs; how big data is helping prevent homelessness in NYC; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Jargon Busters

Changes in the RNC's tech team; big plans for digital democracy in the UK; how people in Cuba are making their own private Internet; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Stalking

How the DEA tracks millions of America motorists; will the Senate enter the 21st century?; Obama veteran Jeremy Bird's role in the upcoming Israeli election; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Video Stars

How the White House hit a home run on YouTube post-State of the Union; why the Barrett Brown sentencing casts a chill on online security research; how media producers use Crowdtangle to optimize their Facebook audiences; and much, much more. GO

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