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Why Members of Congress Miss House Votes: An Online Diary

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, December 6 2011

A news web developer's side project highlights the daily cases where members of Congress engage in a different kind of flip-flop. A House rule allows members of Congress to announce how they would have voted, had they ... Read More

After Leaders' Calls for Public Support, House, Senate Flooded With Electronic Interest

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 26 2011

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were both warning the American public of catastrophe last night if the White House and the Republican leadership in Congress couldn't get together to reach a debt ... Read More

Google's Schmidt Does a GOP Pop-In

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 15 2010

Photo credit: Charles Haynes A recent dropper-by to the bat cave wherein House Republicans are planning their assumption of leadership? Read More

C-SPAN Calls on Boehner to Show How Congress Reacts

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 15 2010

Ah, another change of power on Congress, and another call by C-SPAN to let them finally film the goings-on of the legislature in the way that they'd film any other debate-type event -- by capturing not just the face of ... Read More

Tweeting for Leadership

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 5 2010

Speaker (for now) Nancy Pelosi seems to have chosen Twitter as the place to make known her plans for what's next. "Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, ... Read More

"It's Not Make Believe"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 15 2010

Fast Company's Austin Carr has a look inside House Republican Whip Eric Cantor's new media shop, with a spotlight on Cantor's director of new media Matt Lira. 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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