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Clinton: The U.S. Sides with a Networked World

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, January 22 2010

When the crowd gathered yesterday morning in Washington's Newseum to hear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's big speech on the topic "Internet freedom" included Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, ... Read More

Haiti Disaster Finds Obama Tech Corps in Familiar Territory

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, January 15 2010

With all due sensitivity, the tremendous disaster unfolding in Haiti as a result of Tuesday's earthquake just outside Port-au-Prince is putting the new media and tech experts inside the Obama Administration in what is a ... Read More

Contest Calls for Tweet-Length Odes to Democracy

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, January 11 2010

The more cynical amongst us might have looked at Hillary Clinton's rush to embrace "21st Century Statecraft" when she landed in the Secretary of State seat as a chance to make up for all that wasn't done online ... Read More

Currently on duty: Daniel

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 17 2009

An interesting little practice we just noticed at play on the State Department's DipNote Twitter feed: since several different folks regularly tweet on behalf of the institutional behemoth, they try to put a more ... Read More

What a Clinton-ified State.gov looks like

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 17 2009

"Smart power meets smart design." How's that for killing two messaging birds with one stone? Read More

Virginia youth's YouTube comments caught attention of Taliban recruiter

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, December 14 2009

For all our talk about celebrating the unifying and empowering potential of technology, we can't ignore the fact that sometimes what is being strengthened is violent, dangerous extremism. We pretend that isn't the case ... Read More

Stanton switches from White House to State

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 3 2009

A staffing update: Katie Stanton, whose hiring by the White House we covered earlier this year, will be departing the White House new media team headed by Macon Phillips to join the State Department. Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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