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Who Sent the "Yes We Can" Video Viral?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 30 2010

A study by a Cal State-Long Beach political scientist finds that bloggers and the Obama campaign drove the remarkable spread of will.i.am's "Yes We Can" video, media coverage less so. Read More

"Hell No, You Can't" vs "Yes We Can" Viral Video?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, March 24 2010

There haven't been too many viral videos on hot political subjects of late; certainly not as many as during the 2008 campaign, when millions of people were deeply engaged in the day-to-day ups and downs of the election. ... Read More

"Yes I Can": Obama, The Transactional President

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 25 2010

I was struck by something as I listened to President Obama speaking in Elyria, Ohio, last Friday, at one of the occasional townhalls he has held out in Ohio whenever he deems it important to get out of Washington and be ... Read More

From Jay-Z's Web Book to Khatami's Blog (Berkman10 Dispatch)

BY Ari Melber | Thursday, May 15 2008

Blogging from the most important Internet gathering in the country. Read More

Mashup Madness, and the Rise of Videracy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 25 2008

Hugh Atkin is viderate. You and I are not (that is, unless you know how to use Final Cut Pro and have amassed an in-depth videobank of clips and allusions that you can manipulate as easily as typing this sentence). We've ... Read More

Daily Digest: A New And Improved YouChoose '08

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, February 21 2008

YouTube re-imagines YouChoose '08; Will.i.am remixes his "Yes We Can" video with mixed results; Joe Trippi speaks the truth, tells it like it is; a skeptic about a Lessig run for Congress and the first interview with ... Read More

Videracy, and the Latest Riff on "Yes We Can": "No You Can't"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 14 2008

Does the left have a monopoly on funny satire? Does Final Cut Pro only work on computers owned by progressives? Or is it something in the water? What makes some people "viderate" and others embarrassingly illiterate in ... Read More

Daily Digest: Where is McCain's Online Support?

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, February 13 2008

Barack Obama and John McCain sweep the Potomac Primaries; but while Obama enjoys all kinds of voter-generated support, there's nothing on the tubes in support of McCain; a new blog tracks the online advertising habits of ... Read More

Daily Digest: Yes We Can Has Cheezburgers

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, February 11 2008

Zephyr Teachout's check to Obama is sent back to her, but she doesn't mind; a "Yes We Can"-style video for John McCain?; And the kittenz take over the Yes We Can theme, adding Cheezburgers to the mix; some of our charts ... Read More

Favorite Videos of the Week: Who's a Virus?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 8 2008

Mike Gravel throws another rock, sort of; Mitt Romney gets kicked on his way down; Sean Hannity sideswipes Obama; Rosemary Watson prays that Hillary gets to the White House; Ron Paul is a virus?!; Team Clinton shoots an ... 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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