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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

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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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