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BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 17 2009

There was one illuminating exchange in yesterday's otherwise vapid Senate confirmation hearing of Julius Genachowski. Read More

Waiting for Genachowski

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 11 2009

Let's see...carry the one...adjust for the short month...and, yep, it's been 103 days since Barack Obama nominated his campaign technology advisor Julius Genachowski to serve as the chair of the Federal Communications ... Read More

Republican Nominations Inch Genachowski Closer to the FCC Chair's Desk

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 3 2009

Some good news for those of you eager to see Julius Genachowski finally installed at the FCC sometime before a draft of the national broadband plan is due on the president's desk in April 2o10. Reuters is reporting that ... Read More

The Reform Era. The New Deal. Obama's FCC?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 15 2009

The most salient reason Julius Genachowski's Senate confirmation hearing on his nomination to be chair of the Federal Communications Commission has been delayed seems to be an understanding by congressional Republicans ... Read More

Broadband's Way Ahead: DC's Tech Crowd Gathers to Plot Hands-On Approach

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 14 2009

Sure, it might look like a standard-issue DC tech policy event. But it's also something of a ritual cleansing. Today, the Free Press Summit is taking place in Washington to focus conversations around the future of the ... Read More

FCC Nominee Genachowski to Get His Day Before the Senate

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 7 2009

It's been more than two months since President Obama picked Julius Genachowski to serve as chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Obama heaped high praise on his former campaign advisor at the time, saying of ... Read More

Grumblings Over Obama's Little-Known FCC Pick with a Famous Last Name

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 4 2009

As far as big Washington jobs go, a famous last name can be a blessing or a curse. Sure, carrying the last name of, say, Pelosi is probably going to get your requests for an interview responded to with alacrity. But ... Read More

The Need for Speed: Defining Up "Broadband"

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 9 2009

"Broadband can be defined in myriad ways." That bit of bureaucratic understatement comes courtesy of the FCC, in yesterday's big announcement that it has kicked off the process for crafting a "National ... Read More

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.


tuesday > Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and And strangely enough, seems to want its early users to ask for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.


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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.


The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.


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.