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Elizabeth Warren Doubles Down On Celebrity Support In E-mail Solicitation

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, May 11 2012

Back in February Republican Senator Scott Brown and the state Republican party attacked Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren for relying on Hollywood celebrities to raise campaign cash. The Massachusetts GOP released a ... Read More

Senate Passes Controversial Jobs Act, With Landmark Crowdfund Investing Provision

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 22 2012

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to approve a controversial package of bills that would loosen the rules that govern the process of raising money and going public for small businesses and startups. The legislation would ... Read More

Testing the SuperPAC-Free Massachusetts Senate Campaign

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 9 2012

In an email to supporters, Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren just announced that after an online conversation with supporters, she's asked Sen. Scott Brown to donate money to the Autism Consortium, a network of medical and research institutions in the Boston and Worcester areas, in accordance with a pledge both contenders for the Senate reached in January.

An independent group placed an ad recently on Brown's behalf. Brown and Warren had pledged that should outside groups enter the race on one candidate's behalf, that candidate would donate to a charity of the other candidate's choice from its campaign funds — which would, in theory, negate the financial benefits of outside money entering the race.

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Spotted: Scott Brown Ads on YouTube

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, February 29 2012

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has begun advertising his campaign online beyond Massachusetts using the Google ad network, including on YouTube. Read More

'Draft Warren' Campaign Already Raking In the Bucks Online

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 19 2011

A Progressive Change Campaign Committee fundraising effort to draft Elizabeth Warren launched yesterday has already raised $40,000. David Catanese reported yesterday that the PCCC had raised $15,000 in only four hours, ... Read More

On Tweeting in a Tornado

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 5 2011

Federal Emergency Management Administration Administrator Craig Fugate is now discussing social media and disaster response with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. C-SPAN is offering ... Read More

Trippi to Mass. and Massie

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 26 2011

Long-time strategist Joe Trippi has signed up with Democrat Bob Massie's campaign in Massachusetts to unseat Sen. Scott Brown, notes Ben Smith: Trippi, who notes that he began his career working for Ted Kennedy's 1980 ... Read More

Gingrich's Traces Brown Victory Back to Tea Parties and Web

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 16 2010

Newt Gingrich makes a habit of getting out in front of trends he spots marching along. Worth noting, then, is that at an appearance in West Texas, he connects Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts to two big happenings ... Read More

The Strange Tale of Scott Brown, Rachel Maddow, and a Tweet Goof that Maybe Wasn't (Updated)

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 23 2010

Click to enlarge Part of the joy of politics is that there's always something new and strange right around the corner. Read More

Right-roots vs Net-roots: Whose Online Donor Base is Bigger?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 5 2010

How big are the right-roots? And how do they stack up against the net-roots? I've been asking that question of various people lately, and also looking at some of the metrics available, as both sides of the American ... Read More

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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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In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

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In Pakistan, A Hypocritical Gov't Ignores Calls To End YouTube Ban

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan by executive order since September 2012, after the “blasphemous” video Innocence of Muslims started riots in the Middle East. Since then, civil society organizations and Internet rights advocacy groups like Bolo Bhi and Bytes for All have been working to lift the ban. Last August the return of YouTube seemed imminent—the then-new IT Minister Anusha Rehman spoke optimistically and her party, which had won the majority a few months before, was said to be “seriously contemplating” ending the ban. And yet since then, Rehman and her party, the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), have done everything in their power to maintain the status quo.

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The #NotABugSplat Campaign Aims to Give Drone Operators Pause Before They Strike

In the #NotABugSplat campaign that launched this week, a group of American, French and Pakistani artists sought to raise awareness of the effects of drone strikes by placing a field-sized image of a young girl, orphaned when a drone strike killed her family, in a heavily targeted region of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Its giant size is visible to those who operate drone strikes as well as in satellite imagery. GO

Boston and Cambridge Move Towards More Open Data

The Boston City Council is now considering an ordinance which would require Boston city agencies and departments to make government data available online using open standards. Boston City Councilor At Large Michelle Wu, who introduced the legislation Wednesday, officially announced her proposal Monday, the same day Boston Mayor Martin Walsh issued an executive order establishing an open data policy under which all city departments are directed to publish appropriate data sets under established accessibility, API and format standards. GO

YouTube Still Blocked In Turkey, Even After Courts Rule It Violates Human Rights, Infringes on Free Speech

Reuters reports that even after a Turkish court ruled to lift the ban on YouTube, Turkey's telecommunications companies continue to block the video sharing site.

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