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The Floor of the U.S. House in the Palm of Your Hand

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 11 2011

Houselive.gov The office of the clerk of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has released the House's own tablet-friendly website for watching live, streaming video of floor proceedings. Taking a page from ... Read More

'Advances in Technology,' Budget End House Page Program

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 8 2011

House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday announced that the House page program will be shut down. Here's The Hill's take: The program, which has been associated with lawmaker scandals ... Read More

Toward a More Digital Union

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 17 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives is now considering a more digital system of recordkeeping, Federal News Radio reports: The Committee on House Administration wants to move to electronic documents to reduce paper waste ... Read More

The Congressman from Joplin Tweets

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 24 2011

Rep. Billy Long, the congressman representing Joplin, tweeted last March about tornado warning tests. Rep. Billy Long is a professional auctioneer who emerged from an eight-way Republican primary last year to become, ... Read More

Cantor Hands YouCut to 'Tea Party' Freshman

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Then-Minority Leader Eric Cantor introduced the YouCut program last May Majority Leader Eric Cantor is handing the reins of his YouCut online project over to a trio of Republican freshman, reports Politico's Marin ... Read More

U.S. House of Reps Moves to Bake In Stuctured Data

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 29 2011

Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol In a letter released this morning, the House Republican leadership took another step towards institutionalizing openness right into the U.S. House of Representatives, asking the ... Read More

This New House.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 21 2011

The new House.gov, now in a public testing period. The House of Representatives is previewing what its online home will soon look like. Out with the old, in with the new House.gov. After a period of public feedback, the ... Read More

Boehner New Media Director Heads to Chamber

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

Big changes on the Hill new media front: Nick Schaper, who has been serving as Speaker John Boehner's new media director, is moving on to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mike Allen reports he'll be serving there as ... Read More

Pelosi's Health Care Tweet-a-Thon

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

On a day that Liz Taylor's death is leading NYTimes.com, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is "tweeting a benefit of the Affordable Care Act every hour for 24 hours." The health care overhaul bill was signed a ... Read More

Weiner Employs 720-Point Font in 72-Hour Rule Fight

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 17 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) got the U.S. House of Representatives worked up this morning when he challenged House Republicans on whether a bill to defund NPR had been posted online for 72 hours before consideration, a ... 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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