Press Review March 24th 2014

One of the big stories across the board today is the French local elections, in particular the significant gains made by Front National, France’s far-right, anti-immigration party. Many commentators see it as a punishment vote for French President Francois Hollande’s failure to decisively tackle the country’s 10% unemployment rate. The FN scored around five percent of the national vote, a very high amount given that its candidates ran in just 600 out the 36,000 constituencies across France.

Der Spiegel reports that the NSA programs targeted Chinese officials and the networking company Huawei. This is the latest in a series of revelations over the extent of the NSA’s internet surveillance, and is particularly interesting considering Huawei’s size (150.000 employees and €28 billion in annual revenues) and growing influence.

A recent study by two researchers at the University of Vienna, in cooperation with GfK, looks at the Twitter networks of Members of the European Parliament. Many specialists expect Twitter to be a crucial tool in the upcoming elections in May. The study shows the “informational ties between politicians that may shape communication flows between parliament members.” Head over to Axel Maireder’s blog for more, including neat graphical representations of data such as the one below:


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