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A Recent Internet History of Michele Bachmann

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, May 29 2013

Michele Bachmann on the campaign trail in Iowa. Photo: Gage Skidmore

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced her intention not to run for reelection Wednesday in a nearly nine-minute-long video linked to in an email to supporters — a fitting choice for a political figure with a long and complicated history of using, and being used by, the Internet. Read More

Twitter User Under Investigation for Bachmann "Threat"

BY Raphael Majma | Wednesday, February 29 2012

A Twitter user who posted an allegedly threatening post about Rep. Michele Bachmann during her presidential campaign is currently the target of an ongoing grand jury investigation. Last week, the investigation came to light when a federal judge dismissed the user’s motion to quash a subpoena for Twitter to release his identity. The government filed the subpoena with Twitter as a part of the investigation to determine whether the Tweet was a “true threat.”

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Republican Candidates Raising Money Online One Fleece at a Time

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 27 2011

Maybe you could call it the wholesale fleecing of the Republican Party: The presidential campaigns of Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Mitt Romney sent out pretty much the exact same fund-raising email last night, ... Read More

Not-Bachmann Says 'Mama Gets a What-What,' Gets More Views In Single Vid Than Any of Real-Bachmann's Official Videos Ever Have

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 6 2011

This parody YouTube video — in which someone completely unsympathetic to Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign dubs over one of her videos with what it looks like she might say, if she was overtaken by a ... Read More

The First-Ever Presidential Twitter Debate: How'd That Go?

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 20 2011

Earlier this afternoon, six hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination wrapped up an hour-and-a-half-long Twitter marathon moderated by conservative commentator S.E. Cupp. The candidates made no real news, but ... Read More

What Do Michele Bachmann and Ozzy Osbourne Have In Common?

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 20 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Ozzy Osbourne are both riding the crazy train straight to the bank, political science professor Justin Buchler suggests in a new article in "The Forum," a Berkeley Electronic Press ... Read More

The Bachmann Announcement Bump, Twitter Edition

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Michele Bachmann at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., on June 17. Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr Rep. Michele Bachmann's "announcement bump" of Twitter followers after her official campaign launch ... 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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