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The Europe Roundup: Cybercrime in the UK, Ushahidi in Serbia, Big Data in Norway

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, February 10 2012

Photo: Ian Muttoo / Flickr

New anti-cybercrime units in the UK, Ushahidi deployed to track incidents related to severe weather in Greece and Serbia, and a fascinating animation from Norway based on migration data, all in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around Europe. Read More

Social Media Campaigns - Norwegian style

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, September 5 2011

Jon Worth, Pia Guldbransen, Ole Berget and Mudassar Kapur (photo by Alessio Baù) Last week at NordicTechpolitics Norwegian campaign politics had an interesting spot with a panel featuring Pia Gulbrandsen (Labour ... Read More

Nordic Techpolitics in pictures

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, September 5 2011

Have you attended Nordic Techpolitics? Here you can see some pictures from the conference. (photos by Alessio Baù) Read More

[Nordic Techpolitics] If you Love Data... Set Them Free: Lightning Talks on Open Data

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, September 2 2011

Hjlamar Gislason, Datamarket.com (picture by Alessio Baù) “Applications don't necessarily provide transparency, data do.” says Pia Josendal, an open data and semantic web enthusiast that works with linked open ... Read More

Nordic Techpolitics: "Act" is the keyword

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, September 2 2011

"We already paid for the data via the taxes – we need to keep pushing for it, making sure it's usable." Haakon Wium Lie, CTO of Opera Software, dives into his personal story – and part of the story of the Internet ... Read More

Nordic Techpolitics - Oslo, September 2nd

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, August 31 2011

Here's a preview of Nordic Techpolitics, a conference that will focus on how technology is changing politics, government and societies in the Nordic countries. The conference will take place in Oslo, next September 2nd. ... Read More

Nordic Techpolitics in the aftermath of atrocities in Norway

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, July 27 2011

An update from PdF friend Bente Kalsnes on the organization of Nordic Techpolitics, a conference on how technology is changing politics and society in the Nordic countries. The event is organized in collaboration with ... 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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