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December 14, 2010 | By

Piracy Fight Shuts Down Music Blogs (The New York Times) A handful of  music blogs have been shut down by the government from posting brand-new songs and videos without licenses, however, the material is often leaked to them by managers, music labels and artists. Building a Public Policy Community of “Citizen Experts” Might Require Translation […]

New House Calendar Benefits Grassroots Advocates

December 14, 2010 | By

Cross-posted on the Partnership for a More Perfect Union The newly released House calendar for the 112th Congress presents a fascinating opportunity for grassroots advocates seeking to build relationships and influence legislators. The calendar makes good on part of a promise the House Republicans made when they took office that they would operate differently than […]

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December 13, 2010 | By

Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility (The New York Times) Facebook’s “hate and harassment team” is on the front line of the debate over free speech on the Internet. Homeless Man in D.C. Uses Facebook, Social Media to Advocate for Others Like Him (The Washington Post) A homeless man advocates for other homeless with […]

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December 10, 2010 | By

Lobbying War Over Net Heats Up (Wall Street Journal) Big phone and cable companies are doing last-minute lobbying to shape a pending FCC proposal to prevent Internet providers from interfering with web traffic. Zuckerberg and Icahn Join Buffett and Gates on Giving Pledge List (The New York Times) Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, is […]

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December 9, 2010 | By

From Wikileaks to #Ukuncut, Twitter Gets Political (Reuters) A discussion of how Twitter is entering the Western political mainstream as a powerful tool for dissent. Nixon Library to Release 265 Hours of White House Tapes (CNN) The Richard Nixon Presidential Library will open a trove of records online and at its facility Thursday. Don’t forget […]

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December 8, 2010 | By

White House Uses Social Media as ‘Costco Version of Politics’ (Poynter) While some of Obama’s campaign videos attracted more than a million online views, the audience for the newer content often can be measured in the hundreds. Hackers Strike Back to Support WikiLeaks Founder (The Washington Post) WikiLeaks supporters struck back Wednesday at perceived enemies […]

2010 Capital Staffers Index

December 8, 2010 | By

By David Almacy Last Thursday, Edelman released the findings of our 2010 Capital Staffer Index during an event hosted in the Washington, DC office. Edelman’s Public Affairs & StrategyOne teams interviewed senior legislative staffers around the globe in several capital cities including Berlin, Brussels, London, Paris and Washington to determine the role and influence of […]

Health Care and Taxes Top Constituent Concern in November

December 7, 2010 | By

The number of times constituents reached out to their representatives increased sharply as Congress re-convened this past month, with health care reclaiming the top spot as the issue of most concern. An average of 140 constituents wrote, emailed or called their representatives to discuss issues related to health care, while an average of 95 constituents […]

Conversation: The Best Answers to “The Tragedy of Political Advocacy”

December 7, 2010 | By

Cross-published on Adfero.com In a 2007 poll, 44% of Americans responded that they had contacted a U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative within the previous five years. According to the Congressional Management Foundation‘s Communicating with Congress report, this percentage was significantly higher than a 2004 poll, largely due to the increased availability of online tools to […]

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December 7, 2010 | By

Federal Government Moves Forward with ‘Cloud-First’ Plan for New Technology (The Washington Post) There is a major government drive to increase federal use of cloud computing. The Open Government Directive Turns One (Tech President) A year ago, the Obama White House issued a directive calling on the federal government to be more transparent, participatory and […]