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Movement Times: TechPresident's Top Posts of 2011

BY Micah L. Sifry and Nick Judd | Wednesday, December 21 2011

Tahrir Square in February. By Ramy Raoof

From the streets of Tunisia to Wall Street, and online from the WikiLeaks wars to the early election skirmishes of 2012, this has been a tumultuous time. Next year, who knows, maybe everything will just get really boring. Though we kind of doubt it. But in case you missed anything, or just want a refresher on what went down on these pixels, here's our subjective, selective and unrepresentative sampler of the Best of techPresident 2011. Read More

Announcing a Flash Conference: "From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street and Beyond--The Future of Networked Democracy"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, December 1 2011

Monday night December 12, from 6:00-8:30pm at NYU, Personal Democracy Media will present a flash conference titled, "From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street and Beyond: The Future of Networked Democracy" with Ori ... Read More

Reddit Users Discussed 'Mic Checking' Obama Days Before It Happened

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 22 2011

President Barack Obama was mic checked today during an appearance in New Hampshire, televised by C-SPAN. Per CNN, protesters from the Occupy movement based in the Granite State were calling Obama's attention to recent ... Read More

#OWS: Movement Surges 10% Online Since Zuccotti Eviction

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 22 2011

A week ago, early Tuesday morning November 15th, New York City police forcibly evicted the Occupy Wall Street protest encampment at Zuccotti Park. Since then, there's been an interesting shift in how some key observers ... Read More

#OWS: Tech-Savvy Occupiers Hope to Open-Source a Movement

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 21 2011

For some of the more tech-savvy Occupy Wall Street protesters here in New York City, the busted laptops were the last straw. Gathered last Friday evening in an auditorium midtown, members of the OWS protesters' spokes ... Read More

The 'Mic Check' And the Occupiers' Protest Framework

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, November 17 2011

Watch the live video feeds coming from Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in lower Manhattan today and you'll hear, over and over again, a refrain that has come to define the movement: "Mic check!" What began as a way for ... Read More

Occupy Wall Street's Situational Awareness

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, November 17 2011

Occupy Wall Street's tech team has produced this, a scalable Ushahidi map that now hosts reports on the ground from the protesters' ongoing actions in and around Wall Street. It aggregates emailed reports, web-submitted ... Read More

The One Group NOT Talking About #OWS Is ... The Obama Campaign?!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 16 2011

Today, I got an email from Jeremy Bird, national field director for the Obama 2012 campaign. I like Jeremy at a personal level, and think he's a really talented organizer. Read More

#OccupyWallStreet: A Leaderfull Movement in a Leaderless Time

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 14 2011

Thirty-one year-old Iraq War veteran Thomas L. Day wrote a powerful oped for the Washington Post Friday, expressing his "final loss of faith" in the wake of the Penn State child molestation scandal. In it, he lambastes ... Read More

Data Visualization: #OWS on Twitter vs Newspaper Front Pages

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 11 2011

If you are interested in exploring the evolving relationship between social media and the mainstream press, check out the ongoing series of info-graphics at Numeroteca.org. 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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