Over the past several months is seems we have been hit with several horror stories coming out of the Middle East related to blogging. As more of the region has gained access to the internet, this has led to an influx of new people using this capability to express their opinions online in the form of a blog. Unfortunately, this has also led to more publicity for these people, and introduces them to people who disagree with their opinion. This has resulted in violent acts against these bloggers, sometimes even death. With the major news outlets picking up these stories, it can come across as the Middle East being very dangerous for bloggers. So we are here to try and answer the question, just how hazardous is it?
Online giving is becoming more and more popular, in June of this year it was reported that in the UK online donations increased by around 21% between 2010 and 2012. iContact has made an infographic that looks at the rise in trends for online donations from 2011-2012
Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr, there are literally hundreds of platforms that Republican and Democrat candidates can utilize for the 2012 election cycle. While President Obama dominated the social media spectrum in 2008 this years elections have demonstrated a more acute understanding and implementation on both sides of the political spectrum.
The team at Viralheat put together in infographic that showcases not only the number of people supporting each political party but also candidate information.
As the infographic shows there is a new virtual tie when it comes to “Share of voice” on social networks” while the type of networks being utilized differ with President Obama dominating Facebook and Pinterest while Mitt Romney holds his own on Twitter. [Read more…]
After the pay per post and pay per tweet fiasco’s that previously upset the blogosphere (mainly due to the lack of disclosure), it looks like blog readers may have to deal with a new scandal, one that could damage the reputation of conservative political bloggers.
â€śItâ€™s standard operating procedureâ€ť to pay bloggers for favorable coverage, says one Republican campaign operative. A GOP blogger-for-hire estimates that â€śat least half the bloggers that are out thereâ€ť on the Republican side â€śare getting remuneration in some way beyond ad sales.â€ť […]
One pro-Poizner blogger, Aaron Park, was discovered to be a paid consultant to the Poizner campaign while writing forÂ Red County, a conservative blogÂ about California politics. Red County founder Chip Hanlon threw Park off the site upon discovering his affiliation, which had not been disclosed. (Daily Caller) [Read more…]
Apparently the US government thinks bloggers are becoming a public hazard, and like a few other industries (i.e. airplanes, banks and nuclear power plants) need to be regulated by the government (in this case the Federal Election Commission).
The Obama administration hasÂ announced plans to regulate the Internet through the Federal Communications Commission, extending its authority over broadband providers to police web traffic, enforcing â€śnet neutrality.â€ť
Last week, a congressional hearing exposed an effort to give another agencyâ€”the Federal Election Commissionâ€”unprecedented power to regulate political speech online. At a House Administration CommitteeÂ hearing last Tuesday, Patton Boggs attorney William McGinley explained that the sloppy statutory language in the â€śDISCLOSE Actâ€ť would extend the FECâ€™s control over broadcast communications to all â€ścovered communications,â€ť including the blogosphere.Â (Reason.com)
The second annual Orwell Prize for political writing to include a blogging category will include on its judging panel the surprise winner of last year’s prize, Night Jack, aka Detective Constable Richard Horton.
You may remember that the anonymous police blogger was outed by The Times newspaper and subsequently got into trouble with his superior officers.
Both he and former Labour MP Oona King will judge the political blog shortlist. [Read more…]
No matter how hard a bunch of fat cat solicitors representing a globally polluting oil company try to suppress traditional reporting of what happens in British parliament, they have no control over Twitter and the blogosphere.
And that’s exactly how it should be.
The Guardian may have been placed in a farcical position where not only could it not report on a certain question due to be asked in Parliament this week because of an injunction, but it couldn’t even report what the injunction was:
Today’s published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found.
The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented â€“ for the first time in memory â€“ from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret.
The only fact the Guardian can report is that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations.
The Conservative mayor of Barnet Council in London sent an abusive reply to a Labour party-supporting blogger who included him in an email criticising the council’s leadership.
Brian Coleman responded by calling blogger Roger Tichborne “an obsessive, poisonous individual”.
“You are an obsessive, poisonous individual and Labour Party member whose blog is full of lies, half-truths and misinformation.
“Do not email me agin.”
In an exclusive interview with Mashable, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he loves Twitter as a mean of communication with the Californian citizen.
Q. How actively will you be monitoring the Twitter ideas shared through MyIdea4CA?
I have always been active in looking at ideas sent to me from my Twitter followers, so the MyIdea4CA website will be an even easier way to stay on top of this process.
He announced the launch of MyIdea4CA, a twitter aggregator following the hashtag #myidea4ca. The Governor will use the MyIdea4CA platform, or forum as he calls it, as a way to monitor what the citizens propose and hope to improve. Several ‘subforums’ are implemented via the use of multiple hashtags and can be followed on site, fe. Jobs and Economy. Ideas can be voted up or down by anyone and there is a negative threshold, hiding down voted ideas. [Read more…]
Five months ago the UK government advertised for a director of digital engagement, and while that position is yet to be filled it’s clear that a lot of politicians are already using Twitter. Perhaps that’s why the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has drawn up a set of advisory guidelines on how to use (and importantly, avoid misusing) the microblogging service.
Neil Williams, head of corporate digital channels at BIS, has blogged, â€śMicro-blogging [has] a low barrier to entry [and is a] low-risk and low-resource channel relative to other corporate communications overheads like a blog or printed newsletterâ€¦ I was surprised by just how much there is to say and quite how worth saying it is, especially now the platform is more mature and less forgiving of mistakes.â€ť [Read more…]