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Iowa Gov to Host Weekly YouTube Address

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, April 28 2011

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, is starting his own weekly video address, according to an AP item in the Chicago Tribune today. Branstad will be soliciting questions via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, then ... Read More

Jim Messina, Video Star?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Remember the kerfuffle from a few weeks ago over the fact that the Obama '12 campaign's video announcement didn't seem to be getting watched all that much, which was taken as a possible sign that that organization's ... Read More

Before the World Knew What "Macaca" Was

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Slate's Chris Wilson makes the case that Wikipedia's serving up some misleading revisionist history when it comes to George Allen's famous YouTube moment. Read More

New Rules in India Tighten Limits on Online Speech

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Cyber Cafe in Varanasi; photo by hartjeff12. India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology quietly rolled out new rules on online speech, reports the New York Times' Vikas Bajaj reports from Mumbai: ... Read More

The World's Greatest YouTubing Body

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

Think a contentious episode of Bloggingheads meets the United States Senate. National Journal's Dan Friedman reports: Congressional offices are working with YouTube on an unusual new initiative that may mark a new step ... Read More

New DCCC Web Ad: "Republicans Voted to End Medicare"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 19 2011

The DCCC went there. In a new web ad out today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee puts visuals to the worst nightmare we all share: grandpa will turn to stripping when things get tight. The ad is based on ... Read More

Scott Walker Joins the YouTube Crowd

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 8 2011

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has started plucking questions posed to him online to answer in videos on his YouTube channel. Walker released four videos from questions taken via Twitter, Facebook, and email, which ranged ... Read More

If Obama Posts a Côte d'Ivoire Video to YouTube, Does Anyone Hear It?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 1 2011

Last Friday, President Obama delivered the quick two-minute video message above on the struggle for power between Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo in Côte d'Ivoire. "Now Côte d'Ivoire is at the crossroad, ... Read More

A Close Watching of YouTube's Revolutionary Videos

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 31 2011

Over on Foreign Policy, David Kenner breaks down the view that YouTube gives us on the Arab Street. Kenner plucks out nine videos from everywhere from Bahrain to Egypt to Libya, and, importantly, tells us why they ... Read More

Weiner Employs 720-Point Font in 72-Hour Rule Fight

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 17 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) got the U.S. House of Representatives worked up this morning when he challenged House Republicans on whether a bill to defund NPR had been posted online for 72 hours before consideration, a ... Read More

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Civic Hackers Call on de Blasio to Fill Technology Vacancies

New York City technology advocates on Wednesday called on the de Blasio administration to fill vacancies in top technology policy positions, expressing some frustration at the lack of a leadership team to implement a cohesive technology strategy for the city. GO

China's Porn Purge Has Only Just Begun, And Already Sina Is Stripped of Publication License

It seems that China is taking spring cleaning pretty seriously. On April 13 they launched their most recent online purge, “Cleaning the Web 2014,” which will run until November. The goal is to rid China's Internet of pornographic text, pictures, video, and ads in order to “create a healthy cyberspace.” More than 100 websites and thousands of social media accounts have already been closed, after less than a month. Today the official Xinhua news agency reported that the authorities have stripped the Internet giant Sina (of Sina Weibo, the popular microblogging site) of its online publication license. This crackdown on porn comes on the heels of a crackdown on “rumors.” Clearly, this spring cleaning isn't about pornography, it's about censorship and control.

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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

What Has the EU Ever Done For Us?: Countering Euroskepticism with Viral Videos and Monty Python

Ahead of the May 25 European Elections, the most intense campaigning may not be by the candidates or the political parties. Instead, some of the most passionate campaigns are more grassroots efforts focused on for a start stirring up the interest of the European electorate. 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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