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First POST: Renegotiating Cyberspace

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, February 26 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: How nations are moving to claim the transnational territory of the Internet; preparing the nation for a "cyber" war; a surprise endorsement for "ideas worth spreading;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Big Data, Big Problems

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 25 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The Republican Party's technology problem versus its generational problem; the U.S. and China in an increasingly hostile Internet; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Top-Down Movements

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: A new "top-down" social movement; Obama moves to engage with critics on press access; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Digital Strife

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 21 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Exploring the computer security industry as growing tension over online intrusions raises its profile; fighting for control of your digital devices; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Regulation

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 20 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The guns of Silicon Valley; the White House's new tack on Internet extremism; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Worries

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, February 19 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Questioning what Obama's media machine means for democracy; more rumblings from the Beltway about Chinese hackers; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Presidents Day Edition

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Stuart Stevens downplays Republican technology woes; Nathaniel Heller critiques a Florida transparency initiative; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Transparency

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus Subscribers: President Barack Obama's Google hangout; techPresident's fascinating new podcast; data on legislators in all 50 states; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Apologies

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 14 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Explaining the Republican Party's generational angst; apologizing for giving Jonah Lehrer $20,000 and a public forum for his latest apology; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Parched

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 13 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Does our national response to Sen. Marco Rubio's desiccated tongue mean "we can't have nice things?" This crucial question, and many more, in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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