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Change.org and Actuable Announce Merger

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 22 2011

The online campaigns platform Change.org has acquired Actuable, the Spanish-language online campaigns platform. From the press release: The announcement, made Tuesday night at an event in Madrid celebrating the two year ... Read More

#OccupyWallStreet Protesters Turn Online to Organize

BY Nick Judd | Monday, September 19 2011

Protesters on Wall Street on Sept. 17. Photo: Paul Weiskel / Flickr Hundreds of people converged on Wall Street this weekend to protest corporate influence over politics, an event that began Saturday after a call to ... Read More

New Crowdfunding Site Promises to Be a Kickstarter for K Street

BY Nick Judd | Monday, September 12 2011

For years, many Internet activists have gone online to counter the influence of real-world lobbyists. Soon, though, they may go online to hire their own lobbying muscle instead. A coming website, YouLobby, is expected to ... Read More

EFF's Jillian York on 'Syria's Electronic Army'

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 15 2011

Writing in Al-Jazeera's opinion section, Electronic Frontier Foundation Director for International Freedom of Expression Jillian York takes a view on the online battle between Syrian activists and an army of online foot ... Read More

San Francisco Transit Company Spurs Protest With Attempt to Silence Protesters' Mobile Phones

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 15 2011

The San Francisco Bay Area's commuter rail network, Bay Area Rapid Transit, angered many Thursday when it tried to thwart a protest against it by shutting down cellular service to passengers — prompting an attack ... Read More

'Gaming' the Ames Straw Poll

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 12 2011

ClickZ's Kate Kaye has a great look at how campaigns are going digital in their quest to win the Ames Straw Poll. Here's her describing how Republican political consulting firm Engage built a platform for former ... Read More

'Pink Slip Rick' Pursues Governor Using Phone, Baked Goods

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 8 2011

The progressive activist group Florida Watch has been pursing Gov. Rick Scott with an online/offline campaign called "Pink Slip Rick" — and now they're going to hit his phones. (Via Miami Herald)) In response to ... Read More

Google + 'Real Names' Policy Spawns Organized Online Resistance

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 4 2011

and Becky Kazansky Google's latest foray into social networking, Google +, has created more controversy than ever — and the company is confronting a wave of online activism over its insistence that users wear their ... Read More

Anonymous And LulzSec Are At It Again, and This Time, It's Legal

BY Becky Kazansky | Wednesday, July 27 2011

Lulz Security and Anonymous, better known for illegal data breaches and acts of 'hacktivism,' today called for supporters to engage in a new protest against their old nemesis PayPal — but participants in this ... Read More

EchoDitto's Michael Silberman Going to Greenpeace to Start a 'Global Digital Mobilization Lab'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 21 2011

Michael Silberman. Photo: EchoDitto On his blog, Michael Silberman, an online activism expert known for his work on the 2004 Howard Dean campaign, announces he will be stepping back from the work at the digital ... 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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