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Demand-side Politics On the Rise

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, September 27 2007

John Edwards's upcoming trip to Columbus, Kentucky signals the emergence of a whole new trend in American politics: “candidate relationship management.” Think of it as the flip side of CRM, constituent or consumer ... Read More

Though quacking loudly, John Edwards is not a modern duck

BY David All | Wednesday, September 26 2007

Is John Edwards a modern candidate with a true understanding of the "netroots" or is he just a great actor? Looking at some recent reports, it is time to call it like I see it. Don't tase me bro. It's just my humble ... Read More

MTV's Candidate Dialogues Are Promising

BY Michael Connery | Wednesday, September 26 2007

MTV’s “dialogues” with the candidates are starting up tomorrow, and on deck is Sen. John Edwards. As reported on multiple sites, these dialogues have the potential to be the most interactive and informative debates ... Read More

A Case Study in “Letting Go”: Eventful/Edwards and Columbus, KY

BY Alex Hunsucker | Wednesday, September 26 2007

After months of hard work, I am happy to announce that John Edwards will be visiting Columbus, Kentucky on October 4th. In case you didn’t know, John Edwards agreed to visit the town that demanded him the most over a ... Read More

Will the MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogues be history in the making?

BY Liza Sabater | Wednesday, September 26 2007

Tomorrow John Edwards is poised to have his own history making moment thanks to MTV and MySpace. The presidential hopeful is kicking off the first of the MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogues at the University of New ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/26/07

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, September 26 2007

David Brooks thinks the netroots' influence is on the wane; an anti-Hillary Facebook group has more supporters than its pro-Obama counterpart; more details about John Edwards' visit to Columbus, KY; James Kotecki writes ... Read More

Where's Mini-Mitt? In Search of End-Of-Quarter Dollars

BY Michael Turk | Tuesday, September 25 2007

There's a lot of buzz in GOP internet circles about the glaring omission from Romney's site. As we approach the end of the fundraising quarter, we all expected the return of mini-Mitt, the annoying and intrusive pitchman ... Read More

OneWebDay: Edwards Gets It

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, September 23 2007

It looks like only one presidential candidate understood the value of OneWebDay: John Edwards. (Here's my original post on the topic.) That's not really a surprise, given how well-stocked his campaign is with veterans of ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/19/07

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, September 19 2007

Harry Shearer moderates the hysterical silent debate; MySpace and MTV kick off their presidential forum series with John Edwards next week; Marc Cooper heads the Off the Bus team; Bloomberg for Prez supporters organize ... Read More

Following Up about Campaign Bloggers

BY Editors | Friday, September 7 2007

I am glad to see that a post I wrote, Candidates' Blogs: Glorified Public Relations? has received some good discussion in the comments section at techPresident as well as some other blogs. On MYDD user Psericks wrote a ... Read More

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.

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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.

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The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.

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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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