Uncovering political forgeries

By now you’ve probably heard that the documents shown last night on 60 Minutes II may be forgeries despite CBS’s contention that a handwriting expert validated them as authentic. What you may not be hearing from the traditional media is that bloggers—notably some who are also dedicated computer geeks—are the ones who have uncovered what may turn out to be fraud. (CBS is standing by its story, and Dan Rather asserts that the documents are only one piece of the puzzle.) Who else would spend time comparing kerning in Word to kerning on a typewriter? Tech Central Station has the full story.

Keeping track of political blogs

The presidential campaign is the subject of more blogging right now than just about anything else, and BlogPulse has set up Campaign Radar 2004 to help you see at a glance what the blog buzz is about the candidates and the issues.

According to Search Engine Journal, Campaign Radar 2004 uses the same technology that powers Intelliseek’s buzz monitoring service for Fortune 1000 brands.

According to the SEJ article, “In addition to daily lists of top issues and how they?re being discussed in the political blogosphere, Campaign Radar 2004 also will provide two daily trend graphs ? one that tracks blog discussion on presidential and vice… Read More »

Iraqis blog to bypass politicians, media

In Iraq, news and information is filtered through government and/or media. But, according to a BBC report, some 70 Iraqis are writing blogs that allow them to issue uncensored reports on their daily lives.

One blogger, a mother of three and manager at a Baghdad water plant, initially shared her hopes for a better life based on the U.S. invasion, but time has changed her views. “Fighting, explosion, killing and blood everyday,” she said. “You are not safe, and everything is confusing you. Everything is sad, because you’re scared about your sons, your family, your job, everything.”

Ali Fadhil, a Baghdad medical resident, says, ““I was… Read More »

A political version of Slashdot

Slashdot.org was the original blog. Before the term was first uttered, Slashdot was a place where anybody could open a topic on something to do with technology and others could comment. The software that makes it work has been freely available for others to use. In many ways, Slashdot (motto: “News for nerds. Stuff that matters.”) paved the way for today’s blogosphere.

Today, Slashdot.org has opened an adjunct community dedicated to the discussion of politics. “With the US Presidential Election coming up, we’ve had a lot of story submissions that we would like to post, but they don’t fit very well on the Slashdot main page,” writes… Read More »

I’d vote for this guy

Florida Representative Peter Deutsch wears a Blackberry on his belt. When the live, delevised debate of Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate hit commercial breaks, Deutsch checked his Blackberry. And he’s under attack for it.

Apparently, it’s seen as cheating if he got an answer to a tough question or a suggestion about adjusting his style during the debate. Deutsch insists he only received words of encouragement and nothing of substance. But the criticism has led him to insist he’ll stop wearing the device during debates. “Im going to use an abascus,” he said.

What’s the big deal? Who cares if he got cues or speaking points from… Read More »

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