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BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 20 2010

I've added some fresh gleanings to our WikiLeaks Reader: Read More

Is Hacktivism Civil Disobedience, Or Just Trolling?

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 20 2010

Hoping to sway, or at least shake, die-hard supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks, Jaron Lanier has also put the Twitterverse all abuzz with his article in The Atlantic on "The Hazards of Nerd Supremacy." Lanier's ... Read More

"Keith Olbermann Quit Twitter Because of Me"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, December 17 2010

Over on Salon, Sady Doyle recounts she sparked the #mooreandme meme that seems to have driven Keith Olbermann from Twitter, at least for the moment: Read More

From Wikileaks to OpenLeaks, Via the Knight News Challenge

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, December 17 2010

Back in 2009, Daniel Domscheit-Berg applied to the Knight News Challenge in the name of Wikileaks for $532,000 to fund a project to "improve the reach, use and impact of a platform that allows whistle-blowers and ... Read More

UPDATED: The Art of Anonymous

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, December 16 2010

Here's a look at some of the propaganda circulating around the Internet — largely from anonymous authors, natch — advocating for Anonymous or for Wikileaks. Source: Various (No Flash? Here's the Flickr set ... Read More

Quote of the Day: Nader Warns of a Wikileaks-Inspired Internet Crackdown

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 16 2010

We hear a lot about the information age. We hear a lot about what it's supposed to do for us. But the risk in this Wikileaks overreaction to control of the Internet, and to damaging the dissemination of [sic] ... Read More

Air Force Blacks Out NYT, the Guardian, and Others

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 15 2010

In case you missed it, the U.S. Air Force is reportedly preventing its personnel from getting to websites that have posted full versions of cables leaked by Wikleaks -- which just so happens to include some of the ... Read More

PdFLeaks: Carne Ross on the Diplomacy Before and After Wikileaks

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 15 2010

I didn't have a lot of time to digest what was being said while I was running the first session of Saturday's PdF Symposium on Wikileaks and Internet Freedom, but as I look back, the points that stuck with me the most ... Read More

U.S. Poli-Tech Community Divided on Wikileaks Controversy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 14 2010

Here at PdF, we're obviously paying close attention to the unfolding Wikileaks drama. But what about America's political-technology professionals, the people who, as Nancy put it in her earlier post today on DDOS, "at ... 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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