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Veiled Saudi women take photos of their children during a ceremony to celebrate Saudi Arabia's Independence Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 23, 2009. Photo by Flickr user Tribes of the World and reused here with Creative Commons license.
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Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

Attempts by the French government last week to use vague legislation to block five websites for “condoning terrorism” would be troubling anywhere, but it is especially tragic coming from the country that gave us the champion of free speech and tolerance, and Voltaire. The move appears to be part of a wider campaign by French authorities […] more »

Global View
by Hiba Zayadin

It has been four months since the formation of a U.S.-led global coalition to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Hundreds of airstrikes purporting to hit ISIS targets have been carried out since then. Some 60 nations are involved in the coalition, and they have all contributed to the fight in different ways. Yet, ISIS […] more »

Culture
by Shannon Fisher

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. We all have at least one social or political issue that gets our blood boiling. The question is whether it boils vigorously enough to incite action. Of course, the majority of us vent our frustrations about these issues at the water […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about the work of viral content editors, and we see how public data can be pulled together to monitor the work of lawmakers. PART 1: Viral content editors With social sharing now an important part of news distribution, having a full-time person assigned specifically to the task is increasingly common inside […] more »

Free Speech
by Andy Carvin

This post originally appeared on Medium and is reprinted here with permission. When Reported.ly’s European team went online Wednesday morning, our reporting operation was less than 48 hours old. We had launched Monday at a measured, almost leisurely pace, our team of six still getting to know each other and learning how to coordinate our […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Mahsa Alimardani

“The Internet environment is like a raging river full of water, and the water keeps on brimming and roaring. If we devise a plan for this river, and can direct it as we wish to a dam, we can create opportunities out of it. But if we leave it, and do not devise plans for […] more »

Free Speech
by Jefferson Yen

It’s been a rough month for Sony. Especially for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chair Amy Pascal. Following terrorist threats from the hacking group “Guardians of Peace,” the studio has pulled its film “The Interview” from theaters. At the center of all this is a hacker group calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace.” But who exactly are […] more »

Business
by Alexa Capeloto

In almost any city you can read your local leaders’ emails if you formally ask for them. In Gainesville, Fla., all you have to do is go here. In most states you can find out how tax dollars are being spent if you officially request expenditure records. In Wisconsin, you just click here. For the […] more »

Legal Drama
by Alexander Howard

While it has often been derided as a do-nothing Congress, the 113th session of the legislative body of the United States of America may end up being the best for enacting open government laws in decades. After passing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) of 2013 (S.994), a historic open government data bill that President Obama signed into […] more »


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