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First POST: Harvesting

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 15 2013

Lost your address book? No worries, the NSA probably has it; Ezra Klein raps the failures of HealthCare.gov; Why Jack Dorsey's mother loves Twitter; and much, much more. Read More

De Blasio Discusses Airbnb, Occupy, Pope Francis & Pizza in Reddit AMA

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, October 8 2013

de Blasio/Twitter

In his first Reddit AMA, leading New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio responded to policy questions on Airbnb, the Occupy movement, the tech community and to personal questions about his religious views, favorite books and his son's famous hair. Read More

New York Attorney General Demands Airbnb Info

BY Sam Roudman | Monday, October 7 2013

Airbnb is happy to help its users rent spare rooms to strangers, but less happy to share their information with New York's attorney general. The New York Daily News reported today that Eric Schneiderman issued the company a subpoena demanding data on its New York renters, who might be in violation of a 2011 law intended to tamp down on illegal hotels. In response, Airbnb issued a statement saying the following: "We always want to work with governments to make the Airbnb community stronger, but at this point, this demand is unreasonably broad and we will fight it with everything we’ve got." Read More

First POST: #DearCongress

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 1 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Public protest at the government shutdown starts to surface via the #DearCongress hashtag; the health insurance exchanges launch; Occupy Wall Street launches a debit card; and much, much more. Read More

Is Sharing Political? Peers.org Thinks So

BY Sam Roudman | Wednesday, August 28 2013

Some vegetable sharers Peers will mold into a coalition. Credit: Peers.org

According to some, the sharing economy is more than technological advancements that allow the crowdfunding of a college roommate’s short film or a single dad to make extra cash driving revelers on the cab poor streets of San Francisco. It’s a movement. But is a common economic practice grounds for a political coalition? Peers, a new organization looking to advocate for individuals who benefit from the sharing economy, is betting yes. Read More

Immigration Debate Puts Silicon Valley on One Side, Labor on Another, and a Congressman in the Middle

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, June 27 2013

From right to left: Y Combinator Co-Founder Paul Graham, Medisas founder Gautam Sivakumar (in Newcastle, UK), Double Robotics Founder David Cann and a Double Robotics employee.
Despite Northern California's historical significance as a bastion of the left, the immigration reform debate is showing just how far apart dot-com entrepreneurs and die-hard Democrats can be. Entrepreneurs are pushing for more H1-B visas; union leaders, part of the Democratic Party's core constituency, have objected to the visas as a form of low-paid indentured servitude, arguing that they fill jobs that would otherwise go to Americans. In the middle is Rep. Mike Honda, Democrat of California, whose district now encompasses Silicon Valley and whose core constituency has long included labor unions. Read More

The Age of Airbnb: How Cities Adapt to the Sharing Economy

BY Sam Roudman | Monday, June 17 2013

Photo: Sam Howzit

Austin is one of a number of cities coming to grips with how to regulate the growing online market for short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb and HomeAway. While creating these regulations gives cities the opportunity to raise revenue through licensing, it also creates a Gordian knot of competing interests. Here's the path some cities are paving through the obstacles towards a new legal framework for the sharing economy. Read More

Airbnb is Disruptive, But Is It Getting "Creepy" Now, Too?

BY Sam Roudman | Monday, June 3 2013

Airbnb, already under fire from regulators and the hotel industry its business model is shaking up, might be in for some flak from its own customers, too. The point of contention is a new user verification program called Verified ID, which asks users to provide more details about their real-world identity. Read More

Reimagine How Cities Work At TEDx City 2.0 This Weekend

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, October 12 2012

If you're at a loss on what to do this week-end, go find inspiration at one of these TEDxCity2.0 talks this Saturday, which are meetings that are happening all around the world from Johannesburg to Jaipur. The organizers ... Read More