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Split by SouthWest: My SXSW 2012 Diary

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 15 2012

danah boyd and Alex Howard at SXSW 2012 (Photo by Micah L. Sifry)

PDM editorial director Micah L. Sifry spent last Friday through Monday at South by SouthWest Interactive, attending panels, keynotes and hanging out. Here's his report: SXSW is still a place where sessions packed with thousands of attendees cheer for the iconoclasts and the game-changers. It is also much more of a business networking conference than an internet futurists' playpen. In short, it has a split personality. Read More

'Evangelicals For Mitt' Tells Peers: Yes You Can Vote For Mitt, Really.

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 6 2012

"There's a non-trivial number of evangelicals who believe that if we have a Mormon president, that will 'legitimize' Mormonism, and make it more acceptable in their minds, and therefore more and more people will become Mormon, and if you believe that Mormonism isn't Christianity, then more and more people are going to go to hell," explained Charles Mitchell, a onetime conservative activist and co-author of the blog Evangelicals for Mitt. "Sometimes, some people will tell us pretty directly that 'You are sending people to hell.'"

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YouTube Likes Become New Front in Republican Primary's Ad War

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, December 9 2011

MoveOn.org has been urging its supporters to click "dislike" on the Rick Perry "Strong" ad, a video released earlier this week in which the Texas governor and presidential candidate emphasizes his Christian faith and opposition to gay rights. The organization hopes to drive one million negative clicks by tonight; at the start of the campaign, the video already had more dislikes than likes. Read More

Newt Gingrich's Online Surge: Will It Be Enough to Win?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 22 2011

A little more than half a year ago, at the beginning of March, I took a look at Newt Gingrich's presence online. As one of the longest-serving politicians in the presidential race, and a self-described geek, Newt had a ... Read More

Iowans Are Watching Rick Perry's 'Oops' Moment, YouTube Says

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 11 2011

Rick Perry's "Oops" is being widely viewed in the swing states, YouTube's Ramya Raghavan writes: Footage of the "oops" moment was viewed over half a million times in the twelve hours following the debate, and that number ... Read More

Not-Bachmann Says 'Mama Gets a What-What,' Gets More Views In Single Vid Than Any of Real-Bachmann's Official Videos Ever Have

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 6 2011

This parody YouTube video — in which someone completely unsympathetic to Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign dubs over one of her videos with what it looks like she might say, if she was overtaken by a ... Read More

A Bad Rap for Rick Perry, On A Bad Rap About Rick Perry

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 3 2011

Over at Ben Smith's blog, the eponymous writer passes along an observation from one of his readers — for the reader, YouTube serves up an anti-Perry, pro-Mitt Romney Google ad alongside Perry Gal Stefanie ... Read More

YouTube and Election 2012: How Are the Candidates Doing?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 28 2011

Longtime readers of techPresident know we love looking at YouTube political videos because the site offers so much interesting data about what people are watching, how videos are being shared, and so on. And while we ... Read More

With New Video, Rick Perry Joins Growing Group of Hollywoodified Republican Candidates

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 21 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is out with a new YouTube video that follows what looks to be a new trend: Republican candidates running at least one spot that looks like an action movie trailer. Details Magazine recently ... 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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