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Daily Digest: Hillary Reboots the Conversation

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, February 1 2008

Matt Bai talks to Tracy Russo, of the John Edwards campaign, about how to move on; Barack Obama and Ron Paul are added to the roster for MTV and MySpace's Closing Arguments event; MTV's Street Team '08 is armed and ready ... Read More

Clinton, Huckabee Present Closing Arguments in Latest MTV/MySpace Dialogue

BY Michael Connery | Monday, January 28 2008

Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee hope that the MTV/MySpace Candidate Dialogue can increase their appeal to young voters on Super Tuesday. Read More

Fear and Vlogging on the Campaign Trail, 2008?

BY Michael Connery | Thursday, December 20 2007

MTV takes another innovative step into social media with the launch of its new citizen-journalist press corps. Read More

Daily Digest: Huckabee and Edwards Surge Online

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, December 20 2007

Compete releases new data showing an online surge for Huckabee and Edwards, but Paul is still king; MTV launches its ambitious "Street Team '08" citizen journalism project; YouTube asks Iowans to videotape the run-up to ... Read More

McCain MTV/MySpace Post-Mortem

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, December 3 2007

Some quick thoughts about tonight’s MTV/MySpace presidential dialogue (gosh that’s a mouthful; we need an acronym). Read More

Liveblogging the MTV/MySpace dialogue with John McCain

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, December 3 2007

I'm here in Manchester, and it's all snowy and New England-y. The folks behind tonight's MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogue with John McCain have flown me up to cover the event, and I couldn't resist the chance to watch ... Read More

Daily Digest: How Will McCain Fare on MySpace and MTV?

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, December 3 2007

John McCain is the next candidate up in the MTV/MySpace presidential dialogues; we'll be liveblogging it direct from New Hampshire; dirty emails tricks are cropping up in Iowa; YouTube encourages user responses to the ... Read More

Daily Digest: 10/30/07 [UPDATE]

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, October 30 2007

Off The Bus and Scoop08, two citizen-journalism efforts tracking the election, get the New York Times treatment; a Republican CNN/YouTube debate is confirmed (I thought that already happened?); what is the meaning of ... Read More

Liveblogging Obama at the MySpace/MTV presidential dialogue

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, October 29 2007

I'm liveblogging Barack Obama's appearance on the second MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogue, which begins momentarily, and in which Obama will respond to the top video on 10Questions.com. 2:32: It's over. I have no idea ... Read More

10Questions Update 10/29/07: Usage Surges!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 29 2007

Well, we've had quite a weekend, ever since we announced that the top question as of 10am today would be asked of Senator Barack Obama during this afternoon's live MySpace/MTV dialogue at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. ... 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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