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Online, Shaping a Narrow Debate After Newtown Shooting

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, December 18 2012

When President Barack Obama spoke Sunday at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn, he promised to take action to fix what's broken in an American society that could not protect 20 young children and seven adults from death at the hands of a single disturbed person, and could not protect that killer from himself.

"We can't tolerate this anymore," he said. "These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law -- no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society."

But he was really just setting the table for a narrower conversation about gun control.

Most people, or anyway, most people on Twitter, seem to have got that point.

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Beverage Industry Uses Online Ads to Protect Your Right to 32-Ounce Sodas

BY Nick Judd and Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, June 5 2012

The American Beverage Association released a new spate of online ads to counter New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban the sale of large sodas. ABA wouldn't return techPresident's requests for comment, but their ads — with the message "Get the facts about beverages" and links to a site,, attacking "myths" about how sodas contribute to obesity — caught our attention on the heels of a full-page New York Times ad from the Center for Consumer Freedom depicting Bloomberg as a nanny. Read More

New Google+ Project Promises Public Policy Debates With a Celebrity Twist

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, March 1 2012

On March 13, Virgin Group magnate Richard Branson, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and actor Russell Brand will be among the guests in an upcoming debate on the war on drugs — using a Google + Hangout. The Hangout — a video chat on Google's social network that can host up to 10 participants at a time — will be live-streamed on YouTube. It's the first in what Google promises will be a series of debates on social and political issues, called Versus, that will use the platform. Read More

Twitter Grows Public Policy Team With Former FCC Staffer Colin Crowell

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 29 2011

Twitter's public policy team grows with the addition of former FCC senior counselor Colin Crowell, whose hiring was announced Monday. Photo: Andy Melton / Flickr A top former staffer at the Federal Communications ... Read More

Facebook Looks for Policy Geeks to Think Global, Act Local

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 23 2011

Facebook is advertising Director of Policy posts focused on Middle East, Scandanavia, France, Germany, Spain, Brussels, and elsewhere. As Facebook spreads around the globe, the company is eager to pair its technological ... Read More

Italy's Hit on the Internet

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 24 2010

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Craigslist's Woes: Is "Blame the Internets" Still a Political Winner?

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 18 2009

The sudden ratcheting up of rhetoric around Craigslist's more risque listings has the words "criminal prosecution" being bandied about, and that has company executives fighting mad, with the emphasis on ... Read More