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The "Future is Being Written" at PdF '09 (Day One Recap)

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 29 2009

If you're not able to join us in New York City today for the first day of Personal Democracy Forum 2009, you might be interested in recaps and analysis of the initial chunk of the day from the likes of MediaBistro's Amanda Ernst, who covered the morning's opening keynotes. You might enjoy coverage of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's discussion of data-fueled open government by CNET's Caroline McCarthy, New York Future Initiative's Joe Pompeo, and the New York Times' Sewell Chan and Patrick McGeehan. And you can read Craig Newmark's summation -- "[the] future is being written at Personal Democracy Forum 2009 -- for a dose of the flavor of today's event.

But honestly, at this point the way to get a feel from afar for the discussions, idea generation, and critique happening at PdF '09 is to jump with both feet into the conference Twitter stream being captured by Twitterslurp, a tool built for us by the Bivings Group. It's nearly as good as being here. Seven hours into the event, we have 9,000 and counting, from just fewer than 2,000 different people. Wowza. Get reading. And if it's visuals you're after, check out what's popping up on Flickr.

News Briefs

RSS Feed thursday >

First POST: Creeping

Senator Al Franken's tough questions for Uber's CEO; how the NSA could make its phone metadata program permanent; global privacy groups launch a personal spyware catcher called Detekt; and much, much more. GO

Recreation.gov and other Govt Projects Move Toward Embracing New Digital Approach

A draft request for proposals for the revamping of Recreation.gov will include a requirement that reservation availability data be publicly accessible and that all proposals detail how they will enable third-party sales, as two members of the United States Digital Services have joined the government team overseeing the RFP, meeting some key demands of civic technologists and consumer oriented technology companies. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Ubermenschens

Surge-pricing in effect for Uber privacy violations; why "privacy" policies should be called "data usage" policies; pols silent on Uber mess; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Uber Falles

Uber exposed for plan to dig up dirt on journalist critics; sneaking a SOPA provision into the USA Freedom Act; high-speed free WiFi coming to NYC; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Differences

How to use Twitter to circumvent campaign coordination rules; the net neutrality debate keeps getting hotter; charting the gender balance at dataviz conference using dataviz; and much, much more. GO

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