Daily Digest | Craigslist on Trial?
BY Editors | Monday, May 18 2009
- Craigslist's Woes: Is "Blame the Internets" Still a Political Winner? The sudden ratcheting up of rhetoric around Craigslist's more risque listings has the words "criminal prosecution" being bandied about, and that has company executives fighting mad, with the emphasis on fighting. Craiglist tried to appease authorities in the wake of the unfortunately-branded "Craigslist killer" episode, but that didn't work. The South Carolina attorney general announced yesterday that the state will be forced to hold the company's executives personally liable.
- Ask the PM The U.K.'s Gordon Brown isn't exactly the cuddliest politician on the planet. But even the often gruff and occasionally dour PM has taken to YouTube to solicit questions and comments from the assorted masses. This is serious business, though, not freewheeling tomfoolery. Video questions must stay under a one minute cap. And the musn't descend into "party political content," whatever that might be.
- Whitehouse.gov: Give Your Bloggers’ Names! The Whitehouse.gov blog continues to improve, by moving away from being a glass-topped version of White House press releases. David Weinberger says the White House bloggers seem quite aware that a press release isn't a post and are trying to create a difference between the two. But when both are anonymously delivered from behind behind the long lawn and the pillared portico, what's the difference?
- Senator: The Failure of Census Handsets is "Appalling" You might know that incoming CIO Vivek Kundra's approach to monitoring IT projects via a matrix of accountability during his DC CTO earned him praise. But the incoming Census Bureau director's testimony Friday before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee is the sort of thing that can put a knot in your stomach when it comes to how plausible it is for a centralized administrator to oversee the totality of government tech from 10,000 or even 1,000 feet up.
- As Federal IT Expands, So Does the Demand for Accountability The OMB has announced that federal monies dedicated to technology projects will increase by a minimum of 7.2% for FY2010. Nancy tells us that's not an insignificant boost when we're talking figures in the many tens of billions of dollars. And every additional dollar of federal IT spending is another dollar that a contractor would like to gobble up. Time to see what the new CIO plans for accountability.
- Spot.us: Are Politicians Using Twitter For All the Wrong Reasons? Spot.us, the community-funded journalism project, published a story about politicians and their use of social media. The story asks whether these tools -- primarily Twitter -- are allowing elected officials to better engage with their constituencies, or are just another way to campaign. Is anyone surprised?
- White House Posts Obama and Biden's Financial Disclosures "These reports have traditionally been available in hard copy upon request, but in the interests of transparency and openness we are posting them online," writes the White House ethics chief about President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's financial disclosure reports, posted on the White House blog Friday afternoon. But is this true transparency or just an attempt to hide the documents in the news cycle dead zone?
- PdF Network Podcasts We just wanted to remind you that if you've missed any PdF Network conference calls, such as last week's "Return on Investment from Adopting Social Media" with Allison Fine, you can download/stream them all as Podcasts at our Archive page. Anyone can access these podcasts, but if you'd like to participate in future conference calls, you must sign up for the PdF Network. Stay tuned!