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Daily Digest: This Year in Personal Politics

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, December 29 2008

"Politics is Personal. Politics is Viral. Politics is Individual.": Jose Antonio Vargas has been covering the intersection of politics and technology for the Washington Post since February of last year, and ... Read More

Daily Digest: Health Care's Unwelcome House Guests?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 17 2008

Pfizer Would Like to Be Invited Over: Yeah, we probably should have seen this coming from a mile away. The Obama transition launched a series of house parties and community events to be held between now and the first of ... Read More

The Other Transition: Whither Obama's Movement?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, December 6 2008

While most of the country's attention is focused on the transition underway in Washington, another vitally important transition is taking place right now in Chicago. I'm referring, of course, to the future of the Obama ... Read More

Shame Works, But Funny Gets Forwarded: MoveOn's "Non-Voter" Ad Might Be Most Viral Political Video Ever

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 7 2008

"In just a few short days, this private citizen has become a national pariah," intones the blown-dry anchor. Cut to sweet looking older woman, who is less sanguine: "I waited in line five hours to vote, ... Read More

Daily Digest: Can Robos Survive Under the Full Glare of the Web?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 23 2008

The Web on the Candidates Internet Killed the Robocall: The liberal mini-media empire Talking Points Memo is out with an inventive "Map of GOP Sleaze" that plots campaign robocalls and mailers against a map of ... Read More

Daily Digest: Too Many Fact Checkers Spoil the Truth?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 17 2008

The Web on the Candidates Debunking: America's Newest Growth Industry: This election cycle has given rise to a number of independent fact check sites, from Factcheck.org and PolitFact.com to those run by various ... Read More

Web Gearing Up to Block "Blank Check" Bailout of Wall Street [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 22 2008

The American web is buzzing with activity around Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's proposed $700 billion bailout bill, a test if there ever was one of the new balance of power in the digital age. On one side, we have ... Read More

Daily Digest: Pioneering Pushback by Proxy

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 16 2008

The Wall Street Journal's Emily Steel highlights a fascinating example of a seemingly new online tactic we focused on yesterday when it came to DNC's new "Count the Lies" compendium. Let's call it pushback by proxy; "How ... Read More

Daily Digest: Pioneering Pushback by Proxy

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 16 2008

The Web on the Candidates MoveOn Points Facebook Ads to Sympathetic Others: The Wall Street Journal's Emily Steel highlights a fascinating example of a seemingly new online tactic we focused on yesterday when it came to ... Read More

Daily Digest: A Most Sobering Promise

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 31 2008

Young voters are asked to make a tremendous sacrifice: lay off the bottle the night before Election Day; the debate continues over the nature of MoveOn; the RNC goes after Barack Obama on his supposed audacity; 10 ... Read More

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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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