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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

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

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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