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Can Online Politics Be Local?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, October 5 2010

What makes "Facebook politics" inadaquete, muses Princeton's Julian Zelizer, is that it's not tied to particular spot on the map, which has always been the point around which social organizing pivots: The most ... Read More

The Things You Can Pick Up in a Bathroom

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 4 2010

The AP digs into the mystery of why a Senate candidate might post a "Text FLUSH to Robin" sign in a bathroom in violation of what must be some advertising world maxim about not associating your product with ... Read More

Get Gladwell Direct

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 29 2010

Malcolm Gladwell's "Short Change" piece on the failings of social-media infused activism has sparked some energetic discussion this week. Here's your chance to talk it over with Gladwell himself. He'll be doing ... Read More

Whose Online Base is Bigger, Contd.

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 28 2010

I'm glad to see my friends Mindy Finn and Patrick Ruffini responding to my post yesterday "Tea Party vs Netroots; Rs vs Ds: Whose Online Base is Bigger?" And I don't mind at all that they're disagreeing with my questions ... Read More

The Strength of Tweet Ties

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 28 2010

Down in our comments, North Carolina organizer and general online doer Ruby Sinreich points to a nice post from University of Maryland (Baltimore) sociologist Zeynep Tufekci in which she makes a learned case that Malcolm ... Read More

Trouble in the Land of Wikileaks

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 28 2010

Wired.com's Kevin Poulsen, who has been on the Wikileaks story like white on rice, joins up with his colleague Kim Zetter to report on the apparent internal complications inside the ad hoc Wikileaks organization: Read More

Quote of the Day III: The Tech Arms Race

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 27 2010

It's the nature of politics. Things leapfrog.   Read More

Quote of the Day: Axelrod on Speed

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 27 2010

You can start a race up much more quickly than you can in the past. Read More

Malcolm Gladwell Searches Twitter for '60s Activism

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 27 2010

Slactivism gets the Malcolm Gladwell treatment in his new New Yorker piece out today. 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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