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Lessig Launches Change-Congress.org

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 20 2008

I'm at the National Press Club for the launch of Stanford Prof. Larry Lessig's new project, Change-Congress.org. He's here as part of Sunshine Week, and his speech is co-sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation (which I ... Read More

Daily Digest: Waiting to Change Congress

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, March 20 2008

A video tries to tie Barack Obama more closely to Jeremiah Wright and radical black politics; Fox News still needs to be schooled about who gets credit for writing community blogs; a new site is like Digg for the media ... Read More

Daily Digest: Netroots Gnaws on Itself

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 10 2008

Trippi warns about Obama's blue-collar support; Jerome Armstrong mocks Chris Bowers; will the "emerging church" go for Obama?; Lessig aims to Change-Congress; Blogger flophouses in DC make the front page; inside Obama's ... Read More

Lessig Opts Out, Citing Compressed Schedule

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, February 25 2008

Stanford professor Larry Lessig just announced via a short video on his personal blog that he's reached a decision on whether or not to launch a campaign for the open seat in California's 12th congressional district. ... Read More

Lessig Asks: Can You Build a Movement from Capitol Hill?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 20 2008

Larry Lessig is tying a possible congressional run to the question of whether or not launching a campaign and/or actually serving as a member of Congress is the best way to advance a national "grassroots" ... Read More

Why "Lessig for Congress" Might Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 15 2008

There's a playful drive afoot to draft law professor, free-culture guru, and PowerPoint maestro Larry Lessig to run in the April 8 special election for the open seat in California's 12th congressional district. Thing is, ... Read More

Tunisia 1984 Video Mash-up

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 10 2007

Blogger and human rights activist extraordinaire Ethan Zuckerman has a fascinating post up about a Tunisian version of the 1984 Apple ad video mash-up that predates the now famous "Vote Different" Hillary 1984 video by ... 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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