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First POST: Ownership

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 23 2015

"Tell us more about your bog"; the shrinking role of public participation on campaign websites; "Aaron's Law" has been reintroduced in Congress; is the Comcast-TimeWarner merger on its last legs?; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Transparency Matters

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 1 2015

A return to pre-Watergate days?; Jeb Bush has already, apparently, forgotten about "transparency matters"; ghostwriting for government agencies; X-Lab going independent; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: System-Gaming

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 30 2014

Why techies interested in political reform are facing challenges; the latest data on Democratic voter contacts in 2014; Hungary's anti-Internet tax demonstrations are getting huge; and much, much more. Read More

Tracking the Pulse of Elections in 2014 and Beyond

BY Dan Ancona | Thursday, October 23 2014

Voting Booths 1966 (Clackamas County Historical Society/flickr)

Dan Ancona, who has been building online tools for empowering people in democracies since 2002, tells us why we should use Pulse. Read More

First POST: Corruption, Shmorruption!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 2 2014

The Supreme Court upends the rest of the campaign finance system; Mozilla's embattled CEO makes his case; peer-to-peer mobile bluetooth messaging service FireChat takes off in Taiwan; and much, much more. Read More


Write This, Not That: Instructions From China's “Ministry of Truth”

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, August 1 2013

On July 17 a Chinese watermelon vendor died at the hands of plainclothes policemen, or chengguan. The following day, the State Council Information Office sent this missive to China's media outlets: “All websites are asked to remove from their homepages the story of the melon grower beaten to death by chengguan in Linwu County, Chenzhou City, Hunan Province. Do not make special topic pages, and do not post video or images. Delete any such previous posts.” Instructions like this are known by Chinese journalists and bloggers as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.” More than 2,600 such instructions have been collected on the website China Digital Times.

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Vietnamese Authorities Charge Political Bloggers With "Conducting Propaganda Against the State"

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, August 23 2012

Vietnamese authorities have charged three prominent bloggers with "creating propaganda against the state" for having published videos and photos showing violent clashes between farmers and the police who had come to enforce the appropriation of their land for the construction of a luxury hotel. Read More

The Latest Money In Politics Innovation: Open-Source Oppo

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 7 2012

Roll Call points to pages on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's website like this one, for Ohio Republican Jim Renacci. It provides much of the raw material needed in opposition research: YouTube videos of campaign appearances, regularly updated news clippings, and more. By making this information public, groups like the DCCC can make it available to its real target audience — groups making independent expenditures — without running afoul of the law. Read More

Quote of the Day: 'the Real Players' in Politics

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 3 2011

There was a sense that the rules on the books applied only to the naive and that the real ‘players’ worked with a different system. — Bob Biersack, a pioneer in electronic record-keeping for campaign finance ... Read More