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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

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After Election Loss, Teachout and Wu Keep Up Net Neutrality and Anti-Comcast Merger Campaign

The Teachout/Wu campaign may have lost, but their pro net-neutrality campaign continued Monday as both former candidates participated in a rallly in New York City marking the final day to comment on the Federal Communications Commission's Internet proposals and kept up their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo. GO

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NYC Politicians and Advocacy Groups Say Airbnb Misrepresents Sharing Economy

A coalition of New York election officials and affordable housing groups have launched an advocacy effort targeting Airbnb called "Share Better" that includes an ad campaign, a web platform, and social media outreach. GO

First POST: Data Dumps

The Internet Slowdown's impact on the FCC; Uber drivers try to go on strike; four kinds of civic tech; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Positive Sums

How Teachout won some wealthy districts while Cuomo won some poor ones; DailyKos's explosive traffic growth; using Facebook for voter targeting; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Emergence

Evaluating the Teachout-Wu challenge; net neutrality defenders invoke an "internet slowdown"; NYC's first CTO; and much, much more. GO

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De Blasio Names Minerva Tantoco First New York City CTO

Mayor Bill de Blasio named Minerva Tantoco as first New York City CTO Tuesday night in an announcement that was greeted with applause and cheers at the September meeting of the New York Tech Meet-Up. In his remarks, De Blasio said her task would be to develop a coordinated strategy for technology and innovation as it affects the city as a whole and the role of technology in all aspects of civic life from the economy and schools to civic participation, leading to a "redemocratization of society." He called Tantoco the perfect fit for the position as a somebody who is "great with technology, has a lot of experience, abiltiy and energy and ability to create from scratch and is a true New Yorker." GO

First POST: Fusion Politics

The Teachout-Wu Cuomo-Hochul race as it comes to a close; more criticism for Reddit as it prepares a major new round of funding; First Lady Michelle Obama as an Upworthy curator; and much, much more. GO

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