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Mapping the French Political Blogosphere

December 5, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

Map of the French political blogosphere in 2011. Source: Linkfluence - Le Monde

The Internet is a political battleground for this election, both in social network conversations and in the political blogosphere, which is by now almost an old actor in the French media scene.


The French political blogosphere is a favorite topic of analysis for Linkfluence. 

Back in July their CTO, Guilhem Fouetillou, traced the main stages of the French blogosphere evolution on Le Monde. Here’s a summary of his findings.

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The Europe Roundup: Can you Crack the Code for Your Next Job?

December 2, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

  • UK | Can you Crack the Code for Your Next Job?
    UK intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) decided to go beyond the usual recruiting techniques by launching a code-cracking competition.
    Potential applicants will have to crack the code presented on an (unbranded) website: if they are successful they will be redirected to the agency's recruitment website. The campaign was spread also on social media outlets.
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PdF France: full program and updates

November 29, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

PdF France is just a week away and the full program is online!
The conference will explore how technology is changing politics in a crucial moment for the country: during the day speakers will engage in conversation on the role of the web in political campaigns as well as on the disruptive power of open data for local and national government. 

The most innovative French voices in this field will be also joined by a few fellows from abroad in order to create a more open and wider conversation.

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The Europe Roundup: The Pirate Party in the Berlin Parliament: Trolling the Government?

November 29, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

  • Germany | The Pirate Party in the Berlin Parliament: Trolling the Government?
    Two months ago the Berlin chapter of the Pirate Party registered an amazing result by winning 15 seats in the Parliament of the State.
    The crucial step of working on issues from inside the institutions may be tricky and it is always a test for movements turned parties. On Owni.eu Sabine Blanc and Ophelia Noor interviewed some of the newly elected representatives to get a better understanding of how the Pirates' strategy will look like in the coming months.
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The Europe Roundup: Debating "Life Hacking" on EU Websites

November 22, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

  • EU | Debating "Life Hacking" on EU Websites: Useful Tips and Comments
    Did you know that Google and other searches can make your life much easier when you're trying to find relevant information in the messy EU websites?
    Researcher and euroblogger Ronny Patz writes a post with some useful tips.
    Civic hacking? Not exactly.
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The Europe Roundup: Restart Romania

November 17, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

  • Romania | Restart Romania
    Like many post-Communist countries, Romania is having troubles promoting a modern idea of citizenship: transparency, activism and engagement are relatively new words for Romanians.

    TechSoupGlobal, a network of activists and organizations for social change, is working in the area and on these issues. A significant step has been the Restart Romania challenge, a competition of ideas to bring social change in Romania.

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The Europe Roundup: Wikitalia Foundation, Another Step to Open the Government

November 13, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

  • Italy | Wikitalia Foundation: Another Step to Open the Government

    Next Monday in Rome a special celebration of the World Wide Web will take place: "Happy birthday web," a public event made of talks and workshops on the web, innovation and democracy.
    The meeting will feature a keynote by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the WWW.

    The event will also launch Wikitalia, an open government foundation, modeled on the values and activities of MySociety and Code for America. In the next few months Wikitalia will launch some pilot projects in three cities, trying to create new forms of collaboration between public administration and civic hackers. Wikitalia was created by a coalition of open government advocates: journalists, civil servants, civic hackers, developers, information law experts.

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The Europe Roundup: 30 Years of Hacking - a Profile of the Chaos Computer Club

November 10, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

  • 30 Years of Hacking: a Profile of the Chaos Computer Club
    The Chaos Computer Club is well-known group that has been bringing together hackers from all over the world in the past few years. The group - that turned 30 last September - started in Hamburg and moved to Berlin before branching out around Germany and abroad, becoming the first organization of its kind in Europe.

    On Owni.eu Sabine Blanc and Ophelia Noor interviewed Andy Müller-Maguhn, a longtime member of the group, in order to explain the story of the group and their growing political influence when it comes to digital freedom and protection of privacy.
    The CCC was established by I.T. professionals who met to discuss the impact of I.T. tools and their use on society.

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Is Berlusconi Resigning? Find Out on Twitter!

November 7, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

This may be the last day of government for Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister.
If so, the news may have appeared first on Twitter.

But this is not yet another lesson about people using social media and challenging journalists. It is rather journalists using social media and challenging ... well, whoever is listening to them.

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The Europe Roundup: The (Fake) Tweet That Changed the Election

November 7, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

  • Ireland | The (Fake) Tweet That Changed the Election
    Last week, the people of Ireland elected Michael Higgins as president. Until a week before the elections, Higgins, a poet and former minister of arts, had been trailing frontrunner Seán Gallagher, a businessman,  by 15 percentage points in the polls.
    During a tv debate, though, something happened and a fake Twitter account was the fuel that make a campaign implode.
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