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First POST: Liberated

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 19 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Hackers join the political fray around cybersecurity; Alexei Navalny is freed; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Selling Obamacare

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The art and science of 21st-century health care; mounting pressure on the Obama administration over NSA surveillance; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: More Questions

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: More questions for the intelligence community and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Unsealed

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 16 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Yahoo's legal fight in secret courts and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The Verdict

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Following the ups and downs of municipally owned Wi-Fi; reacting to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Asylum

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 12 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Edward Snowden's latest search for asylum; new details of coopration between the NSA and Microsoft; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: "Candor"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 11 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Hackers ask feds not to come to an annual conclave they've been invited to for years; Congress says intelligence officials "exaggerated" the effectiveness of their spying programs; an online organizing project hopes to restore a city's abandoned spaces; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Access

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: James Comey vs. a former judge on FISA courts; looking for Britain's "armchair auditors;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Scrutiny

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The Guardian publishes more of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras' interview with Edward Snowden; James Comey's confirmation hearing is a new opportunity to explore the role of surveillance in society; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Overseas

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: How the NSA keeps Internet cables tapped; how that whole "civic technology thing is going; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. 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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