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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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The Sony email leak reveals the MPAA's campaign against Google; how Uber is lobbying in local markets; mapping the #MillionsMarchNYC; and much, much more. GO

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What the Internet is not; new analysis of public opinion on net neutrality; how cloud backup apparently foiled a police coverup; and much, much more. GO

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Is the future of citizen journalism vigilantism?; one tech mogul's vocal support for CIA torture; a cri de couer from the founder of the Pirate Bay; and much, much more. GO

Web Index Sees Impact of Net Neutrality, Surveillance and Copyright Laws

Denmark, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden have come out on top of the Web Index, a ranking of the Web Foundation measuring the economic, social and political benefit that countries gain from the web. The United States is at number six. For the authors of the report accompanying the index, the results reflect how inequality has an impact on access to the web. "Nordic policy-makers have been quick to adopt and promote the free Internet - and open access to information - as a 21st century public good," the report states. " Others, as this year's findings show, need to move fast to catch up." The report attributes the Scandinavian countries' advantage to the countries' broader efforts to invest in public goods and establish a welfare and acting against " excess concentrations of wealth and power." With the lower inequality in those countries than in others, "the skills, means and freedoms to benefit from new technologies are widespread, which helps to explain why Scandinavian countries score highly on the political, social and economic impact of the Web GO

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