All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Politics’

McCain’s VP Choice Evident On Wikipedia Weeks Ago

In case you didn’t hear the collective explosions powercharging out of heads around the country, Republican Presidential nominee John McCain picked Alaska governor Sarah Palin for his vice presidential running mate. Since the news broke a little while ago, Wikipedia might as well be on fire, but despite a rapid community editing free for all, her page was prepared fairly far in advance.

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Links To Sheboygan Police Not Authorized By City

A Sheboygan, Wisconsin woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the mayor of the town and other city officials after being ordered to remove a link to the city’s police department website. If it goes to trial, it could be a landmark case settling the right to link.

Odds are it settles, though, because it looks pretty bad for Mayor Juan Perez.

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Bad Idea: Tax Energy To Reduce Blogging

File this one under U for "Uh, Wow, Okay." Before you do that, here’s a summary of a Washington Post editorial entitled "If Everyone’s Talking, Who Will Listen?":

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Google Mobile, YouTube Offer New Electoral Features

Now that the Summer Games are over, political coverage will become inescapable.  Some people are bound to embrace it, though, and these folks should appreciate new offerings from Google Mobile and YouTube.

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Can You Digg the Democratic and Republican Conventions?

DiggKatie Couric isn’t the only vessel connecting Digg to the U.S. presidential candidates.

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Kids, Just Say No To Downloading

Last time I saw brain-scrubber propaganda like this was almost 25 years ago when, just a kid, I was terrified by some creepy comics left behind by some men my dad was talking to at the front door. Even at 7 and hungry for comic-anything, I couldn’t imagine why anybody’d want to read stories like that.

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Xbox And Rock The Vote Partner To Reach Young Voters

Microsoft and Rock the Vote have partnered to allow Xbox 360 owners to register to vote, take part in presidential polls and express their opinions to the presidential candidates via Xbox Live starting on August 25, the first day of the Democratic convention.

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New Web Site Lets Voters Rate Presidential Candidates

Personnel Decisions International (PDI), a leadership consulting firm that works with CEOs has launched a Web site that allows users to rate the presidential candidates.

The site, allows users to rate the presidential candidates on ten characteristics that the firm uses to evaluate CEOs. The ten traits are vision, insightful judgment, trustworthiness, gets things done, inspires others, good judge of people, influence others, courage, confidence and energy.

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Google Rolls Out Red Carpet For Convention Bloggers

Google is helping to set up an 8,000 square-foot headquarters for bloggers attending the Democratic convention in Denver next week and will provide similar services at the Republican convention in September.

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Google Reader Getting Into Politics

Think of it as a tech-savvy, politically-oriented version of Oprah’s Book Club: Google Reader’s new Power Readers in Politics program is supposed to let anyone and everyone see what stories the main candidates and a number of journalists are viewing.

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Corn Farmers Against Google?

That anti-Net Neutrality op-ed you read by a respected author? How do you know he wrote it? That grassroots organization of plain folks you hadn’t ever heard of, all suddenly galvanized for a cause that, if not attained, has dire, dire consequences for everyone? How do you know it’s a real organization?

How do you know the organization, and the op-ed, weren’t created by LawMedia Group at the behest of some well-funded clients? If they did their jobs right, you don’t know.

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Candidate Web Sites As Effective As TV Ads

Two national studies of political consultants and American voters indicate that candidate Web sites are almost as effective for reaching loyal base voters as network and cable television ads.

Twenty-five percent of political consultants said a candidate’s own Web site was effective for communication with base voters while 26 percent said television and cable ads are useful. Close to half (46%) said the best way to reach base voters is with email, followed by direct mail, events and phone.

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UK ISP Music Deal Only Sounds Reasonable

The US and Britain go about some things differently; this was as the heart of our little squabble in the 18th Century. It’s not surprising an announcement that a UK ISP will be both music piracy police and provider of subscription music services doesn’t seem to ring many alarms.

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Yahoo And Politico Partner On Conventions

Yahoo and Politico said today they will partner with The Denver Post and St.Paul Pioneer Press to hold a series of public forums during the Democratic National Convention in Colorado and Republican National Convention in Minnesota.

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Georgian Gov’t Sets Up Cyber Camp At

After government servers were allegedly knocked offline by Russian cyber attackers, the Georgian government seems to have revived its Web presence on Blogger, Google’s free blogging service.

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McCain Camp Employs Comment Spam

At what point does campaigning become propaganda? Immediately? When does shrewd and savvy cross the line to become just plain yick? Senator John McCain’s campaign squad doesn’t seem all that concerned about these questions; blog comment spam these days is just part of the political landscape.

If the landscape consists of AstroTurf, anyway.

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MySpace Announces Decison08 Contest Winners

MySpace and NBC have announced the winners of the Decsion08 Convention contest for citizen journalists.

Close to 50,000 MySpace users cast votes and selected Matt Britten and Sara Pat Badgley to act as citizen journalists at the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions.

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Conservative Activists Launch #dontgo Web Site

A group of conservative activists have launched a Web site to support House Republicans plea to reconvene Congress and vote on an energy bill.

The site called was created to support House Republicans who remained in Congress Friday after it adjourned for its August recess. The Republicans are protesting Congress’ failure to vote on an energy bill.

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MySpace To Launch Web Site For Presidential Debates

MySpace is launching a Web site that will be focused on the upcoming presidential debates. was created through a partnership with the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) and will officially launch in late September in time for the first presidential debate.

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Voters Going Online For Candidate Information

While television remains the primary source for voters to get information on the presidential candidates positions, the Internet is the second most used source with 17.8 percent of voters saying they get their information about election issues online according to a survey from Burst Media.

One-fifth (21.5%) of men say the Internet is their main source on the positions that the presidential candidates have on major election issues. Among men 25-34 years old, 28.6 percent cite the Internet as their primary source of election information.

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Major Internet Companies Agree On China Code Of Conduct

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have announced they are close to completing a voluntary code of conduct for doing business in China and other countries that censor the Internet.

 Details of the code of conduct have not yet been made public but Senator Dick Durbin (D-Il) was supportive of the companies’ progress. "We must ensure that American companies operating in repressive regimes protect fundamental human rights," Durbin said in a statement.

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Cerf Proposes Alternate Strategy To Comcast

The broadband network management question has been at the center of the Network Neutrality debate for sometime, but recent scuffles between Comcast and the Federal Communications Commission have brought the issue more scrutiny. Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, weighed in on that issue today, suggesting a new model for dealing with cable capacity issues.

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South Korea Wants More Internet Regulation

The government of South Korea is working on plans to place more regulations on the Internet in the country.

South Korea is the most wired country in the world and the Internet played a major role in helping ex-Hyundai CEO Lee Myung Bak get elected president. Now the government is considering a Cyber Defamation Law.

"We have to guard against ‘infodemics,’ in which inaccurate, false information is disseminated, prompting social unrest that spreads like an epidemic," Lee told parliament early in July.

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Culberson’s Last Stand Tweeted

The last time Representative John Culberson staged a Twitter riot (a twiot?), he set flame to a strawman. That same strawman, though, became the Guy Fawkes of the "LetOurCongressTweet" movement. Today’s actions may also be some fine Texas grandstanding, but it sure is fun to watch.

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FCC Declares Comcast’s Filtering Illegal

It’s official, as far as the FCC is concerned, that Comcast’s throttling of peer-to-peer traffic was illegal and in violation of the FCC’s network neutrality principles. The highly expected ruling came down today, with Chairman Kevin Martin crossing the political aisle to join commissioners Copps and Adelstein, serving Comcast with a cease-and-desist order.

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Google and Yahoo Small Fries In Lobbying

When it comes to lobbying Congress, Google and Yahoo are relative lightweights compared to other companies. Both companies combined spent about $1.3 million last quarter–$730,000 from Google and $630,000 from Yahoo. Microsoft nearly doubled them, and Verizon, as a single company, has spent three times as much as all three.

What issues were Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo lobbying legislators for?

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IOC Surprised By Olympic Internet Censorship

The International Olympic Committee now says that the media should have been informed by Chinese Olympic officials that they would not have free and open access to the Internet.

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Parliament Wants Better Screening For Video Sites

Video sites that host user-generated content need to do more to screen videos in order to ensure they do not have material that is inappropriate for children, according to a UK parliamentary body.

Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee said without proper monitoring sites can accidentally publish pornography, child abuse or other illegal content, the group said in a report.

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Wu: Watch Out for OPEC 2.0

All the big newspapers have an editorial about Net Neutrality today, and the New York Times seems to be the only one running anything on the pro-side. Net Neutrality visionary (he coined the phrase) Tim Wu’s editorial, entitled OPEC 2.0, compares bandwidth to oil—a necessary good tightly controlled by a few powerful entities.

Wu’s thesis:

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Wall Street Journal Stabs At Net Neutrality

It’s interesting, but not surprising, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is the target of a scathing editorial by the Wall Street Journal. He’s an easy and popular target these days from both sides of just about any issue involving the FCC. He stinks. Everybody knows it.

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China To Spy On Hotel Guests’ Internet Activity During Olympics

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback is criticizing the Chinese government for its plans to spy on hotel guests’ Internet activity during the Olympics.

China is forcing foreign-owned hotels to install monitoring equipment on their network to allow the Chinese Public Security Bureau to access electronic information of people staying in these hotels.

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Bill Would Deny Kids Access To Social Networks In Libraries

U.S. lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit children from accessing social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace in public libraries in order to protect them from sexual predators.

Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, R-Illinois, who sponsored the bill, says the measure would prevent sexual predators from communicating with minors who are using a library computer. Children would be allowed to access social networking sites with parental permission.

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FCC’s Free Broadband Pushes Constitutionality

The FCC’s (read Chairman Kevin Martin’s) plan to set aside spectrum for a free, nationwide broadband network is also on yet another path for failure when eventually it is scrutinized by the courts.

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Democrats Come Out For Net Neutrality

Though Net Neutrality is not a partisan issue, as evidenced by bipartisan support outside of Congress, primary support (but not all of it) for enshrining what is called the Internet’s First Amendment has come from Democratic legislators. Matt Stoller, blogging for Open Left, is proud to tell everyone, then, his campaign to get 16 Democratic Senate challengers in this year’s election season on board for the cause is a success.

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Tired Old Goodmail Regroups, Becomes Net Neutrality Issue

Two year’s ago there was a bit of a media frenzy surrounding Goodmail’s apparent arrangement with AOL; if you don’t recall the exact players you might remember national news coverage of the "email postage" scare in spring 2006. Well, Goodmail’s back with a new CEO and a new plan: certifying video email.

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China Cracking Down On Online Dissidents

Chinese police have arrested a well-known online dissident for violating his terms of probation, as the country seeks to crackdown on critics in the run up to the Olympic Games.

Du Daobin, from the central province of Hebei, received a suspended sentence for what the Chinese government says was subversion in 2004 and was detained by police for posting online essays in support of another dissident.

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Comcast Set To Sign New York Child Porn Code

Comcast said it plans to sign an agreement with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to block access to Web sites and bulletin boards that distribute child pornography.

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Rock The Vote Teams With Comcast To Register Voters Online

Rock the Vote and Comcast have partnered on an initiative designed to persuade young Americans, ages 18-29 to register to vote.

The multimedia partnership will include co-branded public service announcements and an Internet campaign on Comcast’s networks including E!, Versus, The Golf Channel, TV One, Comcast SportsNet, PBS Kids and G4.

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Websites Add Humor To The Mortgage Crisis

With millions of homeowners falling into foreclosure, real estate agent and Web site creator Lisa LaShawn is taking aim at the mortgage industry with two Web sites that put a humorous spin on an otherwise serious problem.

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Google Votes On Candidate Speeches

Work continues apace at Google with their speech recognition technology, something they demonstrated with the release of a new tool.

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Analyst: VC Confidence At New Low

Though Phil Gramm’s pretty sure the recession is all in our heads, it seems that just about every road to a healthy economy is either closed or under construction. The road to Silicon Valley, according to one analyst, is at best at a standstill.

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Twitter Campaign Lauds Laxer Rules For Congress 2.0

Though many were disappointed yesterday in Representative John Culberson’s (R-TX) partisan scapegoating via Twitter, he did sort of fall backwards over an important issue. The issue wasn’t that Democrats were seeking to abridge Congressional freedom of speech as it related to Web 2.0 applications, but that Congressional freedom of speech had already been abridged via previously established draconian gag rules.

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Loose Tweets Sink Fleets, Congressman

US Representative John Culberson (R-TX) tweeted loudly in the spirit of Paul Revere:

"They want to require prior approval of all posts to any public social media/internet/www site by any member of Congress!!!"

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Shuttered Chinese Vid Sites Still Pull VC Cash

One supposes if one has access to billions, what’s tens of millions on a calculated bet? One could say that, but one still gets upset when one loses money in the pop machine. In the case of some Chinese online video sites, it’s more like three pop machines.


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Searching For America’s Next President

This weekend, as we fire up the grills and the sparklers (and some pyrotechnic contraband, depending on where you live), we also fan the flames of patriotism and of brotherhood, knowing that despite our differences of opinion in politics, the flames in our bellies are unending and conceived in the spirit of the unity of all voices.

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Video Of Angry French President Is Online Hit

French public television channel, France 3 has launched an investigation into how an off air video of irritated French President Nicolas Sarkozy found its way online.

The video shows a France 3 technician attaching a microphone to Sarkozy’s tie, and ignoring the presidents greeting. "It’s a question of manners," Sarkozy is heard saying on the video. "When you’re invited, you’re entitled to have people say ‘hello’ to you."

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Rock the Vote, MySpace Launch Band Contest

Rock the Vote and MySpace have partnered on an initiative to encourage potential voters to register to vote for the 2008 presidential election.

The "DemROCKracy Band Competition" invites any artists with a MySpace page to install a widget that allows users to register to vote. The goal is to register as many voters as possible.

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Washington Online Sales Tax Now Law

Online shoppers who are residents of the state of Washington will now have to start paying sales tax on purchases made on the Internet.

Starting today Washington joins 18 other states that require some online retailers to collect sales tax. About 1,100 ecommerce retailers have agreed to collect taxes in exchange for the state not going after them for back taxes.

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EU Calls On Mobile Carriers To Reduce Fees

The European Commission has introduced a proposal to reduce the cost of mobile phone calls by lowering the fees carriers charge for using each others networks.

"Disparate termination rates across the EU and large gaps between fixed and mobile termination rates are serious barriers to achieving a Single European Telecoms market that benefits competition and consumers. The consumer pays the price for these gaps between national regulatory policies," said Viviane Reding, EU Telecoms Commissioner.

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Scotland May Jail Indecent Emailers

While it’s strangely comforting to know daft, prudish politicians aren’t restricted to petering along on American marble, join me in echoing any middle-fingered dissent arising in Scotland (and you know their kilts are flying up over this one) around lawmakers’ plan to criminalize people who "communicate indecently" via email, text message or other media.

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Senators Oppose Laptop Border Searches

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have the power to search, copy contents or seize laptops or mobile devices when travelers re-enter the U.S.

U.S. Senators Russell Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, are calling on the CBP to amend its policy that allows frequent searches of laptops, digital cameras and mobile devices at the borders.

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MySpace, NBC Partner On Decision ’08 Convention Contest

The importance of social networks in modern politics has been proven numerous times as the presidential race has progressed.  Now, perhaps as a sort of reward, two MySpace users will be sent to report on the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

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Internet For Everyone Sounds Good To Google

The search advertising company threw its backing behind a broadband penetration advocacy group, citing a need to promote better Internet access policies to the next US political administration.

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New Initiative To Push Internet For Everyone

Some pretty big names will be in one place tomorrow to unveil a new initiative called, which aims to make access to a fast, open and affordable Internet a basic right for all Americans.

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eBay Challenges EU Trading Laws

eBay is lobbying the European Parliament over trading laws it calls "last century" that are preventing its customers from potential savings.

The online auction company said that traditional manufacturers  are using outdated regulatory laws to restrict the impact of online trading.

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Net Neutrality Brings Foes Together

Conservative Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds did the unthinkable today: He agreed with a liberal, which is likely against stricter interpretations of The Conservative Thought Bubble Creed (Hannity, Defense Against Liberal Arts, pg. 1).  Worse, the liberal is employed by, with whom agreement is punishable by excommunication and revocation of golf club membership (Limbaugh, chapters 7 and 11, El Rushbo’s Guide To Neo-Conduct).

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Blogger Arrests On The Rise

An increasing number of bloggers are being arrested for criticizing governments and exposing human rights abuse, according to a report from the University of Washington.

Since 2003, 64 citizens have been arrested for expressing their views on a blog. In 2007 three times as many people were arrested for blogging about political issues than in 2006. Over half of the arrests in the last five years were made in China, Egypt and Iran.

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Politics Online: Obama Has An Edge

Social networking, text messaging, and online video pulled in plenty of interested people looking for more details about the candidates for the US Presidential election in November.

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Congressman Says China Hacked His Computers

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said that four computers in his office had been compromised in 2006 and that computers used by other members of Congress and by the House Foreign Affairs Committee also were hacked.

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FCC Teases About Free Broadband

Would you like free wireless broadband? Sure you would. As you might guess, though, free broadband is bad for the broadband provider business. In a weird twist of logic, broadband providers argue free broadband is bad for consumers, too.

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Google Calls For Expansion Of H-1B Visa Program

In lieu of recent history, parents may one day tell their kids, "President? But why? When you grow up, you could work at Google." With over a million resumes per year, Google can afford to be choosey, and doesn’t like having its talent pool options narrowed.

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Google Getting Lots Of Money From Obama Campaign

Google’s employees have a reputation for being left-leaning, but it seems they should be Barack Obama fans regardless of politics.  According to a new report, the presidential hopeful spent around $2.85 million on ads with the company in the early part of this year.

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Supreme Court Okays Child Porn Law

If you know someone with a sick sense of humor, tell them not to joke about child porn. A benign "rickroll" could get them arrested and prosecuted for pandering to pedophiles, whether or not the link actually leads to child pornography.

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Obama Seeks ‘Indefinite’ Web Marketer

Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama must be pretty confident he’ll get his party’s nomination; his campaign recently posted an Internet advertising job opening. Job duration: Indefinite.

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Cisco Says It Does Not Help China Censor Web

Cisco Systems Inc. defended itself against a human rights group’s claims that the company aided Chinese officials in building a "great firewall" to block Internet user’s access to anti-government content.

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US Slips To 15th In Broadband Access

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) didn’t exactly point fingers and do any name calling, but the results of its broadband penetration study shined like red badge on the US’s broadband shortcomings. When compared to the rest of the world, Uncle Sam comes up short.

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UK Govt. To Store Every Email And Text Message

The UK government is considering creating a huge database that would hold all the details of emails, phone calls and text messages of it residents in an effort to guard against crime and terrorism

Currently, records of phone calls and text messages are stored up to 12 months by telecom companies in accordance with a EU anti-terrorism directive.

A new Home Office (Interior Ministry) proposal would require Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms to turn over records of emails, Internet usage and voice over Internet calls.

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Hamas Blocks Pornographic Sites In The Gaza Strip

Hamas has ordered Palestinian telecoms to cut off access to pornographic Web sites in the Gaza Strip, a Hamas government official said.

Telecommunications firm Paltel has agreed to restrict Internet users access to adult Web sites, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Communications.  "The aim of the move is to protect the Palestinian community from cultural pollution and to protect the young generations from the misuse of the Internet through viewing pornographic sites," Hamas government spokesman Taher al-Nono said.

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Senator Asks YouTube To Remove Terrorist Clips

In an open letter sent earlier today to Eric Schmidt, Senator Joe Lieberman brought up the issue of terrorist-produced videos appearing on YouTube.  On the YouTube Blog, corporate representatives have now responded.

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Gordon Brown Using YouTube For Question Time

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is using the Downing Street YouTube channel to answers questions from British citizens.

The new initiative called "Ask the PM" will be a regular event according to the prime minister. Participation is limited to UK residents only. Users can submit video questions on any subject and Brown will respond to the questions that receive the most votes at the end of June.

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Google As Corporate Cop Creates Enemies

One, among many, things can be said about Google: The company has taken punches from some pretty powerful hitters and has not gone away. The drama that has played out over the years has lived up to its hype and shows no sign of falling curtains. The drama will just get grander actually, as Google encroaches on the territories of more empires.

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Now There Are Two Net Neutrality House Bills

Congressional Net Neutrality proponents appear to be taking a multi-pronged approach to passing legislation to cement what many call the First Amendment of the Internet, a moniker that may oversimplify it a bit. Two days after Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) Internet Freedom and Preservation Act was debated in the House Energy Committee, Representatives John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) re-introduce the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act.

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China Likely To Censor The Web During Games

China says it can’t promise that it won’t censor the Internet this summer during the Beijing Olympics.

Wang Wei, executive vice president of the Beijing Olympic organizers, had assured the International Olympic Committee that the 30,000 reporters covering the games would have open access to the Internet.

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Google Wireless Plot Thickens

All’s fair in love and war—and politics and business. While greased politicians, like good minions, slam Google for meddling in the 700 MHz auction, Google’s own associations show the company is getting better at playing these high-stakes games.

Chalk one up for razor’s-edge stategery cutting right to the quick of Verizon and AT&T.

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Cuba Offers Pricey Computers To Its Citizens

Cuba has lifted its ban on the sale of home computers, allowing citizens to now legally purchase PCs.

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Clinton Advisor Fights In YouTube War Room

Decide which is worse: Doctoring a video and posting it online to smear a political figure; or said political figure threatening libel suits against news organizations for even talking about it.

Luckily, he’s not up for election—well, not technically.

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Senator Blasts China For Plan To Censor Web During Games

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kan, lashed out at the Chinese government today for its plan to install Internet filters on all U.S. owned hotels during the Olympic Games.

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Google, YouTube Plan Presidential Forum

Google and YouTube have announced plans to hold a presidential forum in New Orleans in September.

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Botched Debate Draws Complaints By Thousands

In case you thought you were alone, you’re not the only one miffed* at ABC’s Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos after last night’s "debate." Over 16,000 people have commented so far at’s debate page—and most of it’s not good.

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House Bill Would Ban The Use Of Cell Phones On Planes

A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ban the use of mobile voice calls while flying in planes.

The new bill co-sponsored by democrat House Representative Pete DeFazio of Oregon, is called the "Hang Up Act" and would still allow text messaging and Web browsing to be used.

Currently the FCC does not permit in-flight voice calls and has put the issue on hold since March 2007.

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Google News Can Now Present Quotes

You’ve perhaps heard enough (or probably too much) from all the presidential candidates.  But Google News has released an interesting new feature that presents quotes when you search for some famous people’s names.

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Comcast Not Attending FCC Hearing

Pick a clever intro: Comcast won’t be tarred and feathered willingly; Comcast is taking its ball and going home; Comcast can’t stand the heat and won’t be going near the kitchen; Comcast won’t lie in the bed it’s made; Comcast will just hold its breath till it turns blue.

I like this one:

Comcast to FCC: Screw you guys; I’m going home.

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California Bill To Tax Downloads Rejected

A proposal to tax Internet downloads in the state of California has been defeated by an Assembly panel after strong opposition from companies that do business in Silicon Valley.

The bill sought to reclassify digital downloads as "tangible personal property." It would have required companies doing business in California to charge sales tax to residents who purchased their downloads.

Author of the bill, Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-City of Industry), plans to seek a reconsideration vote as early as next week.

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More People Going Online For Election Information

The number of people going online to find information about the upcoming election has increased 31 percent since June of 2007 according to a follow up survey from iCrossing.

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Ebay Founder Endorses Obama

Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar blogged his endorsement of Senator Barack Obama, a decision he says was difficult given his relationship with both Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Though he questions whether his endorsement matters and labels it "self-indulgent," Omidyar takes the opportunity to talk about being inspired by Obama’s vision for America:

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NY Lawmakers Approve Internet Tax

A new bill called the "Amazon Tax" has been approved by New York Legislators and is now awaiting the approval of New York governor David Patterson.

If Patterson signs the bill into law it will require online retailers, such as Amazon to collect sales tax on items shipped to New York. The bill is estimated to generate $50 million in tax revenue for the state.

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Australia Wants To Read Employee Emails

Employers in Australia may soon be able to read employees emails without consent under new anti-terror laws being proposed.

The Australian government says the proposal is aimed at preventing a cyber attack on national infrastructure like the stock exchange, electricity grid or transportation system.

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When They Turn On The Grid, Neutrality Matters

The future, probably without the flying cars, the one you see in the movies with holograms, with instant and ubiquitous informational access and unbelievable computer processing capabilities, isn’t too far off. It won’t be built on the current Internet, though. The Internet is totally 20th Century. The red button on the Grid will be pushed this summer, and will change everything—again.

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Europe Votes Against Online Copyright Law

The European Parliament shot down the proposal to ban file sharing by private individuals and dropped the idea to bar copyright abusers from the Internet.

In a close vote, 314 Members of the European Parliament voted to reject an amendment that would have protected copyright on the Internet and 297 voted against throwing out the amendment.

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The Web Becomes Apathetic To Politics

It would seem that people have either made up their minds, postponed a decision, or plain don’t care.  Regardless, statistics indicate that online interest (as represented by searches and traffic) in the presidential election is waning.

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California Bill Seeks To Tax Downloads

California Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-City of Industry) wants to impose a sales tax on music and movies downloaded from the Internet in order to ease the states budget shortfall.

Calderon’s proposal would raise the cost of an iTunes download from 99 cents to $1.07. He believes the Board of Equalization should update a 75-year-old law that authorizes sales-tax collections on tangible personal property. Music and movies downloaded off the Internet are not considered tangible goods.

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Obama Online: $1 Million In 1 Minute As Baidu Applauds?

Microsoft’s acquisition of Yahoo may drag on for several months.  Most other tech news is centered on Silicon Valley.  But developments related to Barack Obama are breaking the mold, as the presidential candidate seems ready to raise $1 million in one minute, and has received what looks like an endorsement from Baidu.

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C-SPAN Launches Channel On YouTube

The private nonprofit cable public affairs network C-SPAN is launching its own channel on YouTube.

The C-SPAN channel on YouTube will be focused on the upcoming Pennsylvania primary and is inviting voters to answer the question "What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?"

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Putin Successor Pledges Fair Position On Internet Rules

Russian president-elect Dmitry Medvedev said his country should take a balanced approach when it comes to regulating the Internet.

Critics charge that Russian authorities are trying to impose stricter regulations of the Internet, a popular place for political debate within the country, where the mainstream media kowtows to the Kremlin.

Speaking at a forum about the Internet Medvedev acknowledged what he called "the delicate question of the relationship between freedom of speech and responsibility," on the Web.

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Zimbabwe Bloggers Anxious For Election Results

Bloggers in Zimbabwe have been speaking out about the presidential and parliamentary elections as they wait for results.

Fear rigged results

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and ruling ZANU-PF were virtually tied in parliamentary results released by the electoral commission, 36 hours after polls closed.

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Spot Runner Launches Political Advertising Program

In a move that’s either ingenious, scary, or both, Spot Runner has launched a new Political Advertising Program.  Political campaigns of every size are supposed to buy preexisting video spots, personalize them, and then put the things on television.

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Political Parties Embrace New Media

New media usage is a commonplace activity for U.S. adults in all major political parties, according to BIGresearchs’s "Simultaneous Media Usage Study."

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Indonesia Passes Law Banning Online Porn

The Indonesian parliament has passed a law that will restrict access to pornographic and violent Web sites.

The country, which has an 85 percent Muslim majority, has been at odds over the subject of pornography the last few years. "I think we all agree there’s no way we can save this nation by spreading pornography, violence and ethnic hostility," Information Minister Mohammad Nuh told reporters.

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Obama Campaign Spent $1 Million On Google

Barack Obama again spent more in online advertising than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to the candidate’s new filings with the Federal Election Commission.

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California May Rebel Against Real ID

California has informed the Department of Homeland Security that although it has applied for an extension on the Real ID deadline it may not be committed to complying with Real ID rules by 2010.

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