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Will the MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogues be history in the making?

BY Liza Sabater | Wednesday, September 26 2007

Tomorrow John Edwards is poised to have his own history making moment thanks to MTV and MySpace. The presidential hopeful is kicking off the first of the MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogues at the University of New ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/20/07

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, September 20 2007

Chris Bowers on the progress of his Googlebombing campaign against Rudy Giuliani; Mashable has details on the tech used in the upcoming MySpace/MTV presidential "dialogues," and Matt Lewis anticipates some left-right ... Read More

Daily Digest: 9/19/07

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, September 19 2007

Harry Shearer moderates the hysterical silent debate; MySpace and MTV kick off their presidential forum series with John Edwards next week; Marc Cooper heads the Off the Bus team; Bloomberg for Prez supporters organize ... Read More

Daily Digest: 8/24/07

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, August 24 2007

Rightroots, another competitor to Act Blue, relaunches; MTV is looking for a few good citizen journalists; Silicon Valley is the new Detroit; Chris Dodd releases a video montage focusing on -- gasp! -- the issues; and ... Read More

Don't Call It A Debate: MySpace and MTV Team Up

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, August 23 2007

We’ve known that MySpace has been planning a new kind of presidential forum, and today it's released new details. It will be partnering with MTV to produce a series of “one-on-one dialogues” between the ... Read More

Daily Digest: 4/30/07

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, April 30 2007

The Web on the Candidates There are 10 months until the first primaries, so you wouldn't think there'd be enough material for best-of political video lists... yet there already is. Todd Zeigler at the Bivings Report ... Read More

2008: The Daily Digest, 2/3/07

BY Matt Ortega | Saturday, February 3 2007

TPMCafe's Election Central has video highlights from six possible Democratic presidential hopefuls from the Democratic National Committee's Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. Among the official, exploring, or rumored ... 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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