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First POST: Surging

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 21 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Will a "tech surge" of the "best and brightest" save HealthCare.gov?: FWD.us holding a hackathon to build engagement tools to help win the immigration reform fight; David Carr's chat with Pierre Omidyar; and much, much more. Read More

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Apple Stoops to “Whole New Level” of Self-Censorship in China

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, October 4 2013

Apple silently removed OpenDoor, an app that helped users evade China's Great Firewall, without any explanation and, the app developer says, without any just reason. Chinese netizens are understandably angry and many are criticizing Apple for their willingness to cooperate with Chinese authorities.

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Internet Privacy: Are Lawmakers Thinking About It All Wrong?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, September 4 2013

How do we get back to the world where nobody knows if you're a dog? Photo: Flickr/Jesse757

Is it time to move past "Do Not Track" as the solution to pervasive online invasions of privacy? Sarah Lai Stirland takes a walk along the digital frontier where privacy activists and data entrepreneurs are diligently carving out some radical new approaches to the problem. Read More

Where's Your Polling Location? On IOS 6, There's Now An App To Help You Find Out

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, October 30 2012

Votizen, the San Francisco social voting startup, launched a new feature for the iPhone's new operating system Tuesday that provides registered voters with polling information location, as well as information about their ... Read More

Mac Computer Users Experiencing a Sharp Rise in Malicious Cyber Attacks

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, October 9 2012

Mac computers have long been considered far more secure than those on the Windows operating system. Over the past year, however, there has been a sharp rise in the number of malware attacks directed at Mac users — particularly those who work for human rights organizations, reports Andy Greenberg for Forbes. Read More

Open Plans Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Fund New iPhone Transit App

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 23 2012

If funded, OpenTripPlanner Mobile will help people to navigate through cities more efficiently

The non-profit group Open Plans formally launched its Kickstarter campaign late last week to fund a new iPhone transit app that will integrate all the publicly-available transit feeds for cities in North America. Read More

How the Apple-Google Fight and the New iOS6 Might Be Good for Open Source

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, July 11 2012

Open Plans and Portland, Oregon's Tri-Met system launched a multi-modal online trip planner last year

Apple upset public transit advocates and environmentalists this year when it was revealed in mid-June that the next iteration of its operating system for the iPhone and iPad will omit public transportation into its bundled Maps software — a move many seem to think stems from a desire to cut Google out of the native iOS experience. Kevin Webb, a manager in charge of transit projects at the non-profit group OpenPlans, says this is an opportunity for open source and open transit data advocates, not a setback. Read More

Apple Takes Down Palestinian Intifada App After Israel Protests

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 23 2011

“Apps containing references or commentary about a religious, cultural or ethnic group that are defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited or likely to expose the targeted group to harm or violence will be rejected.” That's ... Read More

Is an Apple Patent the Death Knell of Mobile Video in Protests? [Updated]

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 16 2011

O'Reilly Media's Tim O'Reilly says that a new Apple patent on infra-red technology that could block the use of cellphone cameras could have disastrous implications for activism. "Think for a moment about the ... Read More

Why Apple Tracker-Gate Is the Future of Journalism

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 22 2011

What an unnamed iPhone user's location file looks like after being run through programmers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden's iPhone Tracker app. There have been some grumbling in tech circles ever since Apple ... Read More