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NYTimes Matt Bai on "Flash Movements" of the Left and Right

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 14 2012

According to Matt Bai, the chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, the progressive netroots upsurge of the mid-2000s and the rise of the Tea Party from 2009 to present are two variations on a common theme: they are "flash movements" born of online connections, cathartic urges and the devaluation of expertise. And unlike the big social movements of the past, he said both movements were merely oppositional and "ephemeral," unlikely to bring big changes to government. Read More

Announcing a Flash Conference: "From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street and Beyond--The Future of Networked Democracy"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, December 1 2011

Monday night December 12, from 6:00-8:30pm at NYU, Personal Democracy Media will present a flash conference titled, "From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street and Beyond: The Future of Networked Democracy" with Ori ... Read More

Capitol Hill's Dec. 7 Hackathon Means Government's Getting Geekier

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 28 2011

Photo: Elliott P. / Flickr Software developers, Capitol Hill staffers and transparency advocates will brainstorm about what's to come in this field at Congress’ first-ever hackathon on Dec. 7 at the Capitol Visitors ... Read More

The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street: First They Meetup, Then They Take Over

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 1 2011

On Monday, I heard Scott Heiferman of Meetup.com give a great five-minute rap to a group of foundation and nonprofit types on the relationship between communities and movements, with a focus on the surprising parallels ... Read More

Tracking Twitter Reactions to the CNN/Tea Party Republican Debates

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, September 13 2011

The post-debate spin room has moved online, with reporters looking to Twitter for reactions as much as to their usual bullpen of consultants and observers, and candidates taking jabs at one another in real time. All of ... Read More

Sunlight at a South Carolina Tea Party Rally

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 19 2011

South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis delivered a fired-up address on open government during a lightly-attend Tea Party Tax Day rally in Columbia: I want you to know what we’ve done since I’ve been in ... Read More

Please Stop Calling the Freshmen

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 15 2010

That is, in fact, the subject line on a fairly frantic email that the Tea Party Patriots, one of the umbrella groups claiming to represent local tea party outfits, blasted out to their list Friday night. Read More

Tea Partiers Call Their Congresspeople. On Their Cells.

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 12 2010

The Tea Party Patriots got upset yesterday when it turned out the Claremont Institute, the California-based conservative think tank, had scheduled its DC "freshman orientation" for new Republicans members of ... Read More

Email Watch: Tea Partiers Fundraise for a "Hose in the Mouth" of Opponents

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 29 2010

Wow, with our days to go, the gloves are officially off. An email comes in from the Tea Party Patriots. (Which one are they, again?) The subject line: "Total Annihilation." And the time for mincing words has ... Read More

Tea Party vs Netroots; Rs vs Ds: Whose Online Base is Bigger?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, September 25 2010

Two stories published in the last few days make the claim that in this cycle, the online Right is whomping the online Left. First, in Investor's Business Daily, reporter Brian Deagon's story is headlined: "Tea Party ... 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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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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