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Building Government Up, Not Tearing it Down

BY Rebecca Chao | Friday, June 6 2014

What role does the government play in innovation and protecting democracy? Read More

First POST: PDF14 Day One

BY Rebecca Chao | Friday, June 6 2014

Edward Snowden's talk with EFF's John Perry Barlow; Reset the Net; surveillance burkas; and much much more from the first day of #PDF14. Read More

Edward #Snowden at #PDF14

BY Rebecca Chao | Thursday, June 5 2014

A storify of Edward #Snowden's talk at #PDF14 Read More

Reset the Net: Shutting Off the Lights to Government Surveillance

BY Rebecca Chao | Thursday, June 5 2014

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Richard Nixon had the tape recorder. The next Nixon will have the NSA's entire Utah data center said Holmes Wilson and Tiffiniy Cheng during this morning's session explaining "Reset the Net," an anti-surveillance ... Read More

First POST: Trust Deficit

BY Rebecca Chao | Thursday, June 5 2014

What Silicon Valley, the Queen has to say one year after Snowden about surveillance and hacking; are new e-security screenings for the TSA like NSA meets "stop and frisk"?; time to "reset the net"; and much much more. Read More

Edward Snowden, a Year Later

BY Fabio Chiusi | Wednesday, June 4 2014

A protest against the European parliament's refusal to offer Snowden protection (greensefa/flickr)

One year has passed since Edward Snowden revealed himself to the world as the whistleblower who leaked hundreds of National Security Agency documents and exposed the true scope and workings of its mass surveillance operations. What have we learned thanks to Snowden's revelations? What has the government done and has anything changed for the better? Read More

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Weekly Readings: Out-Innovated

BY Antonella Napolitano and Rebecca Chao | Monday, June 2 2014

China goes all out to block Google; online outrage against violence against women in both China and India; Russia's newfound allergy to digital currency; is Africa out-innovating Silicon Valley?; and much more. Read More

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How Do They Do It? International Mentors Share Tactics at the engine room SkillShare

BY the engine room | Friday, May 30 2014

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Last week we held an online skillshare on how to successfully manage a mentorship process. The focus was on tactics and experiences supporting advocacy organizations who are exploring how to use technology and data in their work. We were lucky to have four experienced mentors, and the expertise and interest of K-Monitor who is in the process of setting up a mentorship program with 10 NGOs in Hungary.

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First POST: NotEveryManUp

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 29 2014

Edward Snowden looking for a plea bargain and a return home?; Comcast tries to do good but it's not enough; Google and diversity (or lack thereof); and much, much more. Read More

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Understanding Evidence: How Tech Is Complicating Law for the Better

BY Tin Geber | Wednesday, May 28 2014

Eyes on Darfur is a project that uses technologies, like satellite, to document atrocities that can be used as legal evidence

Collecting and presenting evidence for legal processes is a highly complex matter, especially in cases of crimes against humanity. Advancements in technology are providing human rights advocates with unprecedented power to bring forth proof of wrongdoings. But is civil society — let alone loose networks of advocates — ready to embrace the new complexity? Are legal institutions able to process it? Is it only about evidence, or should technology play an even larger role?

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