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The GOP's Twitter and YouTube-infused Response To SOTU

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 25 2012

Last night, House Republicans used the hashtag #SOTUGOP to collect questions about President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, and YouTube to post video responses. The result is a collection of short YouTube video responses. Click through to watch one and note how all of the thumbnails after the video link to other responses. Read More

Watching the PreziPrezi: Powerpoint to the People?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 25 2012

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Photo: Chuck Kennedy / White House

The White House video stream of the State of the Union speech was watched by 3.2 million people last night, many of whom probably looking at the "enhanced version" with photos and charts illustrating President Obama's points. What did they see? What did they remember? And what was missing? Read More

Obama on Budding Middle Eastern Unrest and ... Bud

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 27 2011

President Barack Obama briefly touched on the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia during an online question-and-answer session with YouTube users on Thursday. Responding to a question about the governments of Egypt and ... Read More

Visualizing SOTU: Mobile Edition

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 26 2011

Over on his company blog, SurveyAnalytics' Vivek Bhaskaran summarizes a first look at how his experimental open-source mobile dial test and real-time polling initiative did during the State of the Union address. Read More

The Importance of Optics: Augmented Reality Edition

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 26 2011

Obama: The economy is great! Sunlight: No it isn't ... Obama: Look at how we're investing in the energy industry! Sunlight: Look at how the energy industry is investing in federal government. Take a look at the ... Read More

Reminder: Tonight, Be Part of an Open-Source Dial Test of the State of the Union

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 25 2011

Just a reminder that tonight, you can participate in an open-source dial-test of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Personal Democracy Forum is putting the word out about a project of SurveySwipe, run ... Read More

An Open, Mobile Dial Test for the State of the Union

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 21 2011

President Barack Obama's second State of the Union address will, as with every major presidential speech for the last three years, be immediately followed by a throng of pundits and experts appearing on cable TV to tell ... Read More

MoveOn.org Doing Real-Time Mass Dial-Test of Obama SOTU

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 27 2010

MoveOn.org, the five-million member e-organization of progressive activists, is doing something really interesting with its members tonight: thousands of them are going to be participating in a live online dial-test of ... Read More

Plouffe to OFA: Time to "Regroup, Refocus, and Re-engage" Around SOTU [UPDATED 2X]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 25 2010

David Plouffe is out with an email to Organizing for America's massive list, calling on Obama supporters to "regroup, refocus, and re-engage on the vital work ahead." The focal point of his missive: to attend State of ... Read More

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Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.

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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.

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The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.

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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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