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With 'We The People,' White House Promises to Go E-to-the-People

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 1 2011

What if you could go online to tell the government you cared about something, and it would actually listen? In a blog post and video Thursday morning, White House digital director Macon Phillips announced that President ... Read More

White House New Media, On the Road with Joe

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 24 2011

Amidst the ascendancy of anti-Gaddafi rebels in Libya, a minor earthquake on the East Coast and President Barack Obama's vacation in Martha's Vineyard, some lesser news might get ignored by the press. And so it is that ... Read More

The White House Is On Foursquare, But Is There a 'Commander-in-Chief' Badge?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 16 2011

The White House has joined Foursquare, administration new media staffer Kori Schulman announced on the White House blog. You won't be seeing check-ins from President Barack Obama himself, but the White House plans to ... Read More

Latest White House Infographic: 'The Bipartisan Compromise Explained in Three Steps'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 4 2011

The White House, ever mindful of using new ways to spread its message, has today released its graphical interpretation of the debt ceiling bill. The White House take on the bill and the points Republican House Speaker ... Read More

Advocating a #Compromise, White House Turns to New Media

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 29 2011

Source: Trendsmap As Sen. Kent Konrad (D-N.D.) delivers a staid and very traditional speech on the Senate floor during remarks on the debt ceiling, the White House new media team is going another direction entirely ... Read More

White House Takes Questions on Twitter

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 27 2011

Yesterday afternoon, White House economic adviser Brian Deese went back and forth with Twitter users via the administration's @WhiteHouse account. In a post on the White House blog, Kori Schulman, deputy director of ... Read More

Anatomy of a Debt Debate, 140 Characters at a Time

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 25 2011

As negotiations over the U.S. government's debt continue, both Republicans and Democrats have been spending more and more time making their cases on Twitter. Check out this graph from the social media analytics site ... Read More

Obama Talks Religion, Compromise and Urban Development at Latest Twitter Crossover Event

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 22 2011

President Barack Obama speaking at the University of Maryland on Friday. Photo: Alex Howard / Instagram President Barack Obama spoke at the University of Maryland Friday in an event billed as a combination town ... Read More

#AskObama: How'd That Go? [UPDATED]

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 6 2011

Watch the entire Twitter town hall event with President Barack Obama on C-Span.org Today's Twitter event with President Barack Obama highlighted the White House's ongoing struggle to be engaging, stay on message, and ... Read More

Celebrities, Unions, Members of Congress All #AskObama

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 6 2011

Representatives John Boehner, who is the House speaker, Darrell Issa, Patrick McHenry, Bill Johnson, Adam Kinzinger and others in the House and Senate are using the #askObama hashtag to pepper President Barack Obama with ... 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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