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#OccupyWallStreet Movement Has Doubled in Size in Last 8 Days

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 14 2011

Eight days ago, our dataset of "Occupy" Facebook groups tallied 480,000 "likes" of a core group of 200 that we had initially identified at the beginning of October, and nearly 643,000 in all when we include a larger set ... Read More

#OccupyWallStreet Up To 750,000 on Facebook; Growth Slows to 18% a Day

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 7 2011

Here at techWallStreet, I mean techPresident, we've been keeping a close eye on how the #OccupyWallStreet movement is growing virally online, and today we can report that the overall total number of "likes" accumulated ... Read More

#OccupyWallStreet Has Grown 25% a Day Online Since Saturday; #OccupyColleges Next?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 6 2011

However we slice the data, the #OccupyWallStreet movement is still growing incredibly fast online. Of the original 201 "Occupy X" Facebook groups that we had identified as of 4pm EST Tuesday October 4, two days ago, the ... Read More

#OccupyTogether Shifts to Meetup.com; #Occupy Groups At 550K on Facebook

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 5 2011

This morning, the #OccupyTogether.org site announced that it had decided to migrate over to Meetup.com, essentially because they couldn't keep up with the inflow of information coming their way, and, as they put it, "Who ... Read More

#OccupyWallStreet: Still Growing Across America At a Rapid Pace

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 4 2011

“Young people like me have felt politically powerless for most of their lives. We came of age during the Obama campaign and we were fed the idea that the campaign represented the peak of progressive organizing. Now, my ... Read More

#OccupyWallStreet On Track Nationally to Double in Size Every Three Days

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 3 2011

This is going to be a very interesting week for the Occupy Wall Street movement, for three reasons. Other more mainstream organizations, like MoveOn.org, Rebuild the Dream, the NY-based Working Families Party, and an ... Read More

#OccupyTogether Growing By 20-25% Since Saturday, Total May Top 300,000

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, October 2 2011

Since Saturday afternoon, when I took a snapshot of 30 Facebook "Occupy X" groups corresponding to an array of large and midsize American cities, the number of people who have signed up (aka "liked") on these groups' ... Read More

#OccupyTogether on Facebook: 100+ Cities; 100,000+ Signed Up So Far

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, October 1 2011

I've built a partial spreadsheet listing some of the many cities across America where people are creating and joining "Occupy X" groups in solidarity with the OccupyWallStreet protest. Not counting the 49,000 people on ... Read More

#OccupyWallStreet: There's Something Happening Here, Mr. Jones

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, October 1 2011

"During movement times, the people involved have the same problems and can go from one communication to the next, start a conversation in one place and finish it in another. Now we're in what I call an organizational ... 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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