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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

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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