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BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 27 2013

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Defining "Citizenville"

  • Sarah Lai Stirland interviewed Gavin Newsom about his new book, "Citizenville." In it, California's lieutenant governor embraces concepts of open government and technology for civic engagement — but does he practice what he preach? And, since he freely admits that he is passing along ideas he has collected from others, does he understand the concepts he appears to be using as the foundation for some later run for elected office?

The cost of "free Internet"

  • Peter Osnos observes that "Internet freedom" is free as in speech, not as in beer — and Americans would be better served if Internet access were cheaper:

    Yes, it is certainly the case that the devices that connect us to search engines, countless websites, social media, and e-mail bring us vast amounts of content for which we do not pay separately. But access to this "free" information on the Internet, as everyone acknowledges as soon as it is pointed out, is not gratis. Monthly charges for broadband Internet service, plus cable television fees and smartphone bills that together comprise the range of household pleasures and obligations as well as work-related communication that are so embedded in our lives amount to hefty sums.

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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