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BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, December 14 2011

  • Time looks at how online video archives are changing 2012 campaigns:

    The 2008 presidential campaign was sometimes called the YouTube Election because it was the first White House contest held since the creation of the ubiquitous video site. And YouTube helped shape the political identities of 2008′s major players with its viral video hits like the pro-Obama celebrity mash-up Yes We Can. While that dynamic persists — parodies of Rick Perry’s latest TV ad, for instance, currently abound — so far, the 2012 campaign has been dominated by a very different online-video novelty: easily searchable digital archival footage.

  • The Obama campaign is encouraging supporters to make donations in honor of their conservative relatives.

  • Code for America has received a $1.5 million grant from Google.

  • Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says the SOPA bill would "criminalize linking and the fundamental structure of the Internet itself."

  • International organizations like the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund are worried about cybersquatters using their names as a result of ICANN's top-level domain expansion.

  • The National Transportation Safety Board recommends a nationwide ban on all cell phone use while driving.

  • Last week, lawmakers sent a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg asking for details on the social network's privacy practices.

  • Journalists can now live-tweet in U.K. courts without prior permission.

  • New York is moving forward with a plan to create a state-wide database to track students academically.

  • California has created a special unit to fight cybercrime, the state attorney general announced yesterday.

  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developmenthas called on its member countries to "promote and protect the global free flow of information” online, the New York Times reported. "The O.E.C.D. , a group of 34 developed countries, urged policy makers to support investment in digital networks and to take a light touch on regulation, saying this was essential for promoting economic growth via the Internet," according to the Times.

  • The Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, has responded to criticism regarding her choice of former German defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg as an adviser to the EU's new Internet freedom campaign. German Internet activists in particular had mocked the choice of Guttenberg, who had to resign after allegations that he plagiarized his doctoral thesis. There's now a wiki site devoted to highlighting his plagiarisms. He has also favored blocking access to websites accused of hosting child pornography, advocating measures that Internet activists have deemed to be ineffective and overbroad.

  • Egypt has dropped some of the charges against activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, the New York Times reports.

  • Google is tracking the aftermath of Japan's tsunami on Street View.

  • Northwestern University has been mapping the Congo elections, which have had a controversial result.

  • Following Tunisia's revolution, Bloomberg investigates the e-mail tracking apparatus used under the deposed regime.

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.

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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.

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The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.

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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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