Category Archives: Politics/International Affairs

Does the Internet Have a Political Ideology?

When Internet users rallied to defend their much-loved network from the dual threats of SOPA and PIPA, Washington took notice. The newly formed Internet Defense League and the hot-off-the-presses Declaration of Internet Freedom have gotten participation from several members of … Continue reading

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How the Internet Saved Buddy Roemer’s Campaign

Buddy Roemer, former Governor of Louisiana, is a relatively unknown candidate running for the Republican presidential nomination. He’s so under the radar that in Iowa, only 31 people caucused for him – although to be fair, he wasn’t campaigning there … Continue reading

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Republican Candidates Take to the Web in the Battle for Iowa

Republican presidential hopefuls are turning to the web and social media as weapons in the war to win Iowa. On Jan. 3, Iowa Republican caucus-goers will pick their choice for presidential nominee. One of the seven remaining candidates will move … Continue reading

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Russian Protests Sparked and Organized Through Social Media

After video of alleged voter fraud was uploaded online, mass-scale protests against Russian Prime Minister Valdimir Putin in the streets of Moscow have been organized through Twitter, Facebook and the Russian network Vkontakte. These videos have encouraged other Russians to … Continue reading

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Turning An Online Following Into Offline Action

My first feature for Mashable went live this weekend, and it’s not too bad if I don’t say so myself. Enjoy, and thanks to Zachary Green of 140elect for the contribution. How Political Campaigns Can Turn Social Media Support Into Votes

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Oregon Experimenting With Voting on iPad. Is this the Future?

If successful, the program could bring us closer to an age of digital voting, where casting your ballot from the convenience of your home is the norm. It would drastically improve our voter participation rate if we didn’t have to get to the local high school gymnasium for every election. Voter error would also decrease with easy-to-read touchscreens displaying candidate choices. Continue reading

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66-year-old Ambassador Uses Facebook, Twitter for Connecting With Locals

Charles A. Ray, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, has learned the value of social media in helping him perform his job. Never mind the fact that Ray could be speaking to the Internet and say, whimsically, “I remember when you were born.” He’s come up with innovative ways to connect with an digitally-savvy generation of young Zimbabweans, who are increasingly active on the internet via 3G-enabled mobile phones. After all, the core elements of his position are the same as many jobs in social media: outreach, engagement and promotion. Continue reading

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