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MTV/MySpace Postmortem: Change vs. Experience vs. Ron Paul

BY Michael Connery | Sunday, February 3 2008

Last night on MTV, four candidates presented young voters with their closing arguments and got another lesson from Ron Paul in how online organizing really works. Read More

Live Blog from the Final MTV/MySpace Dialogue

BY Michael Connery | Saturday, February 2 2008

Live blogging "Closing Arguments," the MySpace/MTV Super Dialogue featuring Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, and Mike Huckabee. Read More

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

Daily Digest: Creating the Anti-Racist Wiki

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, January 14 2008

A new wiki documents the Clinton campaign's use of racialist attacks on Barack Obama; discovering some distressingly racist and homophobic content in Ron Paul's newsletters; OpenCongress launches MyOpenCongress; Why ... Read More

Daily Digest: Caucus Day is Finally Here

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, January 3 2008

It's finally caucus day! MySpace crowns Barack Obama and Ron Paul the winners of its own primary; Barack Obama tops the Wu-Tang Clan on Eventful's Hottest Demands page; Chris Bowers experiences three epiphanies; Earfl ... Read More

Daily Digest: Who is the Godliest Candidate?

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, January 2 2008

The MySpace Primary launches, underwhelms; James Kotecki asks why Ron Paul's supporters are overwhelmingly male; a new bumper crop of bloggers rises in Iowa; a new pro-Huckabee group attacks Mitt Romney; the God-o-Meter ... Read More

Losing Language Control, Not Message Control

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Thursday, December 27 2007

Colin Delany's comments on Matt Bai's recent NYT article reminds me of so many conversations I have had about how Google killed message control. For a long time, I have argued that campaigns cannot control their message ... Read More

Daily Digest: MySpace Says Young People Dig Politics

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, December 13 2007

A MySpace poll of their users claims that young people are perhaps more politically engaged than older generations; WaPo profiles John McCain, makes another tag cloud; the Slashdot community interviews Garrett Graff, ... 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

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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In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

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