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At Tumblr, New Content Rules for a New Public Square

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 23 2012

In the latest example of a company making choices about the balance between user rights and platform responsibilities, Tumblr announced today that it planned to implement a policy against blogs or posts that promote self-harm.

On the Tumblr staff blog, company staff posted a request for input on proposed changes to the company's content policy that would prohibit content that "promotes or glorifies self-injury or self-harm," including cutting or self-mutilation; eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia; and suicide, as opposed to seeking counseling or treatment.

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PDM Editorial: Why We're Against PIPA/SOPA And For the Internet

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 17 2012

A Personal Democracy Media Editorial
Personal Democracy Media is joining with the many other groups opposing the PIPA and SOPA bills. On January 18, in addition, PDM founder Andrew Rasiej, wearing his hat as the chairman of the New York City Tech Meetup (the world's largest Meetup with 20,000 registered members) will be helping lead a street rally in midtown Manhattan outside the NY offices of Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillebrand, both of whom are co=sponsors of SOPA. Here's why we're doing this, and what it means for the larger political-technology community. Read More

Is Tumblr Protecting Its Users From the Big, Bad Internet?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 3 2012

A browser extension that expands on Tumblr, Missing e, has over 275,000 users on Chrome and almost 25,000 on Firefox, according to its official add-on pages for each browser. It modifies the look and feel of Tumblr to add several new features — something that Tumblr has taken issue with for months and which Mashable noted in a pretty comprehensive tick-tock in August. This puts Tumblr, known for its stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act as a champion of user rights, in a bit of an awkward position: In this case, it's the entity seeking to block access to a popular and by all accounts useful piece of software. Read More

With Internet Companies In the Fight, Battle Over SOPA Legislation Continues This Week

BY Miranda Neubauer and Nick Judd | Monday, December 12 2011

Photo: ToGa Wanderings / Flickr

After a coalition of advocacy groups and Internet companies worked together to raise awareness about the Stop Online Piracy Act beginning Nov. 16, they are now gearing up for another push to online action this week as the House Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the bill on Thursday.

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Why Members of Congress Miss House Votes: An Online Diary

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, December 6 2011

A news web developer's side project highlights the daily cases where members of Congress engage in a different kind of flip-flop. A House rule allows members of Congress to announce how they would have voted, had they ... Read More

Andrew McLaughlin Leaves Civic Commons for Tumblr

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 5 2011

Andrew McLaughlin in 2008. Photo: Joi Ito/Flickr Andrew McLaughlin has left the open-source-in-government nonprofit Civic Commons to join Tumblr, he told techPresident today. The former Google director of global public ... Read More

Tumblr Is Happy With Its Aggressive Anti-SOPA Advocacy

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, November 17 2011

Tumblr reports that their advocacy push around the Stop Online Piracy Act yesterday generated 87,834 calls to representatives and a total of 1,293 hours talking to staffers on Capitol Hill: Yesterday we did a historic ... Read More

An Un-Ironic Obama 2012 Tumblr

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 24 2011

Barack Obama's re-election campaign now has a Tumblr: You can send us a few paragraphs about how your latest phonebanking gig went or why you’re in for 2012. Share the latest chart you saw that made you go “woah.” ... Read More

If You Don't Pay for the Product ...

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, April 28 2011

The social media and teen culture researcher danah boyd had a rough time with Tumblr over the past few days — an encounter that highlights how much trust even the most Internet-savvy people put in free platforms ... Read More

Tumblr's "Reblog" Used to Game Facebook Into Deleting Palin

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 23 2010

Andy Barr has the latest on the story a Sarah Palin "note" removed from Facebook earlier this week. Read More