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Teen Texts May Be Preserving Endangered Languages

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

McClatchy Newspapers' Tim Johnson writes that teenagers using regional languages in text messages may keep them from "forsaking their native tongues for dominant languages:" Linguist Samuel Herrera said he was elated to ... Read More

Do Lawmakers' Texts During Public Meetings Become Public Documents?

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 27 2011

The New Hampshire Union Leader's Beth LaMontagne Hall reports on some navel-gazing in Manchester, N.H., over texting during public meetings: During the June 12 Board of School Committee meeting, [Mayor Ted] Gatsas ... Read More

A Call for Saner Texting Economics

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 9 2011

The folks over at Revolution Messaging, which grew out of the Obama campaign and has come specialize in using mobile communications and other digital tools to advance political causes, are aruging that in the United ... Read More

Mobile Lobby Asks FEC to Okay Donation-by-Text

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 17 2010

Photo credit: Moritz Petersen Politico's Kim Hart reports that the cellular lobby is asking federal regulators to okay the collection of Read More

"This is Jerry McEntee"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 29 2010

Here's an update to how mobile is being harnessed in the election of a new Secretary-Treasurer at the AFSCME convention taking place this week in Boston. Read More

Mobile Organizing AFSCME's Big Election

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 29 2010

Lee Saunders is, as I mentioned, doing some intriguing stuff with mobile in his bid to grab hold of the Secretary-Treasurer seat with the union behemoth AFSCME. Read More

SCOTUS: Tech-Dumb Like a Fox?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 20 2010

The Wall Stree Journal's Ashby Jones has some fun at the expense of the Supreme Court justices. In yesterday's oral arguments in the case over the privacy of a police officer's texting, some of the berobed nine asked ... Read More

California Reformers Struggle Against Lobbyist-to-Lawmaker Texting

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 3 2010

Across the country we've been seeing good government reformers slowly coming to the terms with the fact that existing electronic discolsure laws are about as effective at ensuring transparency as a water gun is at ... Read More

Keeping Up with the JONESES: The State of Texting in 2009

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 24 2010

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Civil Society, Text by Text

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, November 4 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in conjunction with the office of special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, is about five days into an experiment mobile phones to build civil society in ... 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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