BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 28 2015
Why #FreddieGray hasn't trended nationally on Twitter, yet; American whistleblowers support the Surveillance State Repeal Act; dueling foundations on transparency; and much, much more. Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 25 2013
How a blog post about being poor set off a cascade of solidarity; why Google's new Civic Information API is a big deal; the rise of the "protest selfie"; and much, much more. Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 29 2012
There are really two stars of the new documentary "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"--the artist himself, and the Internet. The two are inseparable in the film, which both documents the life story of the man who has become one of China's most creative and courageous dissidents, and shows how he has maneuvered through the cracks in China's vast system of social control by using social media to reach a global and local audience. Read More
BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 13 2012
By now you may have seen artist and designer An Xiao Mina's Personal Democracy Forum 2012 talk, "Internet Street Art and Social Change in China," in which she talks about how street art, Internet memes and political satire collide online in China.
In her talk, she touched on how the Chinese language's abundance of homonyms and visual metaphor is fuel for political commentary that can find its way around censorship and surveillance.
Backstage at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, I asked her to go into more detail about how much Internet culture in China owes to a long history of cultural criticism. Our short conversation is after the jump.Read More
BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 26 2011
Change.org, the increasingly high-profile political petitioning site, has really banging pots around the story that its systems are being targeted by "Chinese hackers" angered by the more than hundred thousand ... Read More
BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011
Photo credit: Meneer De Braker Yesterday, we noted that Change.org was reporting that it was the victim of a distributed denial of service attack originating from China, and was calling on the State Department for help ... Read More