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First POST: Data Dumps

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, September 12 2014

The Internet Slowdown's impact on the FCC; Uber drivers try to go on strike; four kinds of civic tech; and much, much more. Read More

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While Jihad Waged in Iraq and Syria, Counter Narratives Go Online

BY Onnik James Krikorian | Thursday, July 3 2014

This is an infographic of attack metrics released by ISIS showing their 7,681 car bombings, suicide attacks and other acts

In a move as swift as any blitzkrieg on the ground, al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) took many by surprise this week by announcing the creation of a ‘Caliphate.’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS’s leader, was proclaimed ‘Ca-liph’ and leader ‘of jihadists everywhere’ while the group also announced that its name was to be changed to IS (Islamic State). Read More

First POST: Trafficking

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, June 23 2014

Booker-Rubio bill to expand Wi-Fi spectrum launches; House members cryptoparty on the Hill; Chicago's new sensor network has fans and detractors; and much, much more. Read More

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How ISIS Wins At Twitter

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, June 17 2014

The ISIS flag. (Wikipedia)

These days everyone, even (or especially) vicious terrorists groups, is all about social media optimization.

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Weekly Readings: Decoy Data

BY Antonella Napolitano and Rebecca Chao | Monday, June 16 2014

An app the emits false data; Burkina Faso, poor but data rich?; Social media bans in Iraq; and much much more Read More

First POST: Slippery Slopes

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 1 2014

Why the CIA is fighting so hard to keep that Senate report on torture secret; OkCupid tells visitors using Firefox to use a different browser; why decentralized mesh networks should matter to dissident political movements; and much, much more. Read More

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Iraq Shuts Down Aljazeera and 9 Other TV News Channels

BY Paul Mutter | Wednesday, May 1 2013

The BBC's correspondent in Iraq reporting on the suspension of 10 TV stations (image: screengrab)

The Iraqi government has banned eight television news stations from broadcasting in the country, accusing them of inciting sectarian violence between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims. Read More

"What Part of 'Dictator' Do You Not Understand?"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 29 2011

Going around: one of those xtranormal videos that throws anti-Bush arguments on Iraq back at Obama supporters when it comes to Libya. (via Shaun Dakin) Read More

Lost in Translation? The Challenges of Talking "Drupal" in Iraq

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 29 2010

Mark Belinsky is an American social-tech entrepreneur, for lack of a better phrase, who is in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil this week as a trainer taking part in a two-day conference called "Emerging ... Read More

On Kurds, Data, and the Press

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 15 2010

Evidence in support of the argument that the audience for open government data can, quite usefully, be the "mainstream media": an article in today's New York Times' on Americans profiting from Kurdish oil ... Read More