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First POST: Recovery

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 21 2013

Watching recovery efforts in Oklahoma, a landmark change at the Federal Communications Commission, and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Today's First POST is available for anyone to read. Read More

First POST: The Acquisition

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 20 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: By acquiring Tumblr, Yahoo gets a big audience — and a favorite platform for political culture warriors; Silicon Valley pushes for changes to immigration reform legislation; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Compromises

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Organizing for Action's new stumbling block; "accelerating" a civic technology industry; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The "Facebook Squad"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 16 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Renegotiating access, protection for journalists, and leadership at the IRS; new Census data for political researchers; FWD.us' "Facebook squad;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Consequences

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Another Internet outage in Syria; continued inquiry into selective enforcement and allegations of prosecutorial overreach in the Obama administration; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: They Did WHAT?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 14 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Reaction to news of the federal government's sweeping, secret, "unprecedented," and allegedly punitive retrieval of Associated Press journalists' phone records dominates today's round-up of reports about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Your Monday Briefing

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 13 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Your weekend must-reads on FWD.us' internal struggles, the partisan Republican congressman who gets bipartisan support on Internet policy, and Chinese citizens' social media-fueled disaster response, plus all the latest worth knowing about technology and politics in this Monday morning round-up of news from around the web. Read More

First POST: Crimes

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Decriminalizing consumer choice; an Internet-enabled bank heist; using data to understand deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Openness

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The White House's new open data push and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Connectivity

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: What's up with Syria's Internet access, how the federal government is changing its stance on privacy and surveillance, 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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