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Headed West to Twitter, Katie Stanton Reflects on Washington

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 9 2010

Stanton on a State Department trip to China in May, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (To Stanton's left is Under Secretary of State Robert Hormats.) Read More

The White House and WebMD

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, July 6 2010

As new-media friendly as the Obama White House has been, they haven't always been all that eager to mix it up in the political blogosphere, navigating that world for advantage and community-building. They've tried that ... Read More

The Cost of Adding Prices to HealthCare.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 1 2010

Health insurances plan prices are scheduled to be added to HealthCare.gov in October 2010. If all goes well. Read More

White House Goes Open(ish) for Questions on Gulf Oil Spill

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 10 2010

The Obama administration came into the White House with the reputation of being uber-agile at navigating the modern news environment. But those skills don't seem to have done much to help it counter the narrative that ... Read More

Watch: Presidential Presser on the Oil Leak

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 27 2010

I'm slow on the trigger here, but it's worth mentioning that you can right now watch what's proving to be a fiery presidential press conference on the Gulf Coast leak on the underappreciated White House Live. Read More

Sentences that Would Have Been Completely Unintelligible to the 2005 Version of You But Now Seem Perfectly Normal

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 17 2010

Kinda. Today's entry: "Nancy-Ann DeParle is going to use @whitehouse to answer some of @dooce's #healthreform questions - ready now: http://twitpic.com/1op05q" UPDATE: The White House posts a recap of its pas ... Read More

The War on "West Wing Week"

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 17 2010

I'm been saving string in the general area of "thing that a White House can do to look transparent but actually have the opposite effect." This Paul Farhi piece about the work of the White House video unit is going in ... Read More

White House Doing "Open for Questions" on Wall Street

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 22 2010

Just a heads up that, should Wall Street reform be of interest, the White House will be hosting one of its "Open for Questions" interactive chats this afternoon, at 2 pm, with White House economist Austan ... 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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In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

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