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The Europe Roundup: Introducing GOV.UK

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, February 3 2012

The UK government launched the beta version of GOV.UK

The UK government has recently launched the beta version of GOV.UK as a "first step towards a single government website.", in Italy the Parliament has rejected a SOPA-alike bill, in Ukraine a charity develops an interactive map to fight AIDS. And if you're getting confused with ACTA, here's a list of the most useful resources. Read More

The Europe Roundup: A FixMyStreet Milestone for mySociety

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, January 30 2012

Photo: Todd Mecklem / Flickr

Another milestone for FixMyStreet, open data in Finland and privacy issues in Germany. And don't miss today's tweetchat with Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes Read More

The Europe Roundup: Twitter to Hire a Team in Germany

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, January 23 2012

Photo: EPSI platform / Flickr.

Twitter is about to hire a team in Germany, the third in Europe; in France a map shows open data initiatives happening at any level. Meanwhile, an historical town in Wales is about to have its own Wikipedia. Read More

The Europe Roundup: Journalists Allowed to Livetweet in Courts

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, December 15 2011

Royal Courts of Justice, London. Ell Brown/ Flickr

Live-tweeting in British courts, data visualizations in Slovakia, a Twitter account on the down-low for the French prime minister, and more in today's Europe roundup. Read More

The Europe Roundup: Can you Crack the Code for Your Next Job?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, December 2 2011

UK | Can you Crack the Code for Your Next Job? UK intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) decided to go beyond the usual recruiting techniques by launching a code-cracking competition. ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Debating "Life Hacking" on EU Websites

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, November 22 2011

EU | Debating "Life Hacking" on EU Websites: Useful Tips and Comments Did you know that Google and other searches can make your life much easier when you're trying to find relevant information in the messy EU websites? ... Read More

Governments Must Not Censor the Internet: A Strong Remark From UK Foreign Minister

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, November 1 2011

In the opening address of the London Conference on Cyberspace, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague took a strong stance on freedom of expression, declaring that governments should not censor activities in cyberspace. His ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: MPs Are Now Allowed To Tweet in Parliament

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, October 19 2011

UK | MPs Are Now Allowed To Tweet in Parliament  With 203 votes in favour (and 63 against), British MPs are now officially allowed to tweet during their activities in the Chamber of Commons.  The vote resolves ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: How the Indignados Movement is Redefining Politics

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, October 18 2011

Spain | How the Indignados Movement is Redefining Politics  While the OccupyWallStreet protest spread around the world, it's time to rethink action and objectives for those who helped start this movement, the ... Read More

The Greater Manchester Police's New Hashtag Should Be #Jailed

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 11 2011

The Greater Manchester Police have taken up the practice of tweeting the names and dates of birth of people convicted of crimes stemming from the recent riots there. "We promised we'd name all those convicted for their ... 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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