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First POST: Snark vs. Smarm

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, December 6 2013

Tom Scocca's must-read "On Smarm"; Upworthy had 87 million visitors last month; President Obama promises NSA reforms; and much, much more. Read More

Southern California Edison Might Face Enforcement Action For Lax Approach To Cybersecurity

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, June 18 2012

Southern California Edison might face an enforcement action from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for failing to develop timely critical cybersecurity analyses of some specific electronic devices related to the ... Read More

Lieberman Introduces Bill to Open Up Congressional Reports

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 29 2011

While everyone is going nuts over an impending end to the United States' credit line, Sen. Joe Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and Republican Senators Susan Collins and Tom Coburn, have introduced a bill that ... Read More

Lieberman Strikes Again Against Wikileaks' Web

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 2 2010

Wikileaks had been using Tableau's hosted charting software to display visualization of the State Department cables. Read More

Lieberman's Message to Tech Companies: Stay Away From Wikileaks

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 1 2010

Here's a little more detail on how Amazon came to kick Wikileaks off its servers. Yesterday, members of the staff of the Senate Homeland Security committee, which is chaired by Joe Lieberman (D-CT) (I-CT) saw a news ... Read More

Daily Digest: The Pugilist Primary

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 23 2008

Hillary wins PA, boxing metaphors take over the universe; John McCain is the ultimate winner of PA, and liberal groups keep attacking; Off The Bus provides the sanest coverage of the primary; Willie Horton ad-man Floyd ... Read More

Lamont Staffers Cleared of Hacking Charges, Again

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 9 2008

The Ned Lamont campaign is cleared once again of hacking Joe Lieberman's site in August 2006. Read More

ParkRidge47: Not an R, and Not Bill Hillsman

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, March 21 2007

It's become a parlor game for the chattering class: Who is ParkRidge47? TechPresident blogger David All has a great post up on his personal site that, at least for me, pretty definitively closes the door on the author ... Read More

The Original YouTube Candidate?

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, March 20 2007

Witnessing the continuing brouhaha over the 1984/Vote Different video, it's easy to think that the 2008 campaigns are the first to play with online video. For the sake of context, it's worthwhile to take a step back and ... 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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In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

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