Daily Digest | Iran: Beyond Twitter, an "Internet Revolution"
BY Editors | Thursday, June 18 2009
- Iran Roundup: Inside an Internet-Charged Resistance One thing that seems to be becoming somewhat clear in this swirl of events is that, as far as new media goes, what is taking place in Iran is bigger than Twitter -- or Facebook, or Flickr, or YouTube, or blogs, or email, or any other one tool. To indulge in the "[Insert technology] + Revolution" construct, there's fair evidence that the last week in Iranian is perhaps best understood as an "Internet Revolution."
- Breaking: Clinton Makes Vague Remarks in the General Direction of Twitter Hillary Clinton was asked by reporters today about the outreach from within her State Department to Twitter. The Secretary of State replied to the question with generic filler diplo-speak about the importance of free speech and the like. "The use of Twitter," she said, "is a very important one, not only to the Iranian people but now increasingly to people around the world, and most particularly to young people."
- Help Wanted: Rethinking Gov't 2.0's Legal Framework Over on the White House blog, U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra and Michael Fitzpatrick from the OMB plant a bit of a flag in the ground with a post calling out the "existing practices" that conventional wisdom is beginning to eye as potential roadblocks to open and participatory government. The interesting two-sides-of-the-coin here are that the very policies Kundra and Fitzpatrick are calling into question were, at the time they were enacted, intended to make the United States government more open and participatory.
- White House Tries Out New Service Provider The Craigslist Foundation, along with Google and a bunch of other partners, have launched All for Good, an open API that makes volunteer and other service opportunities pulled from sources like Volunteer Match and Idealist easily searchable -- with mapping, ratings, and other social tools built in. All for Good's beta tester: The White House.
- Developer? Here's a Project That Needs Your Input Matthew Burton's favorite thing to complain about is government systems: how bad they are, how unnecessarily expensive major contractors are, and how everyday Web developers could do much better work for a much lower price. But it's so hard for those everyday people to get a foot in the door. Maybe if a group of them got together and bid on a project collectively... Clay Johnson, the director of the Sunlight Foundation's Sunlight Labs, had this idea: let's all put in a bid for the Recovery.gov job!
- Announcing BOF ("Birds-of-a-feather") Sessions at PdF09 A number of people have asked about opportunities for collaboration during this year's Personal Democracy Forum, and in response to their suggestions, we're pleased to announce that Monday evening June 29, immediately after the first day's formal sessions end and during the conference cocktail party, we're inviting attendees to lead or join in informal BOF sessions at Jazz at Lincoln Center. BOF as in "birds-of-a-feather flock together," that is. Check out the details now.