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The Day Obama's Facebook Page Went Down, and Other Campaign Security Lessons From 2012

BY Sonia Roubini | Tuesday, August 5 2014

In Fall 2011, during the Obama 2012 campaign, the Barack Obama Facebook page with 34 million "likes" disappeared. Visitors to Facebook.com/BarackObama were automatically directed back to the Facebook homepage, and online searches for the page came up blank. Recalling the incident, Laura Olin, the campaign’s social media manager recently told techPresident that before it happened, she had considered “the possibility of someone hacking accounts and posting inappropriate things, but not the page disappearing altogether." She added, "Facebook said that the problem was internal, but it wasn't clear if someone had disappeared the page intentionally or if it had been a mistake.” As we head into the heat of the 2014 midterm elections, and with 2016’s national campaigns beginning to coalesce, the problem of cyber-security for online political campaigns is just simmering beneath the surface. As is the question of how the press will cover the issue. There are real threats out there, and also plenty of room for confusion. Read More

#PDF14 Preview: Featuring Heidi Sieck, of Democracy.com

BY Sonia Roubini | Thursday, May 22 2014

Heidi Sieck is the Chief Operating Officer of Democracy.com, the new social platform for politics, connecting candidates, political organizations and voters from national to local level. Heidi has a twenty-five year ... Read More

Announcing the #PDF14 Google Fellows!

BY Sonia Roubini | Wednesday, May 21 2014

We’re now able to announce the 2014 set of Google fellows for Personal Democracy Forum 2014! This year, PDF and Google teamed up to offer registration and travel fellowships to fifteen women in civic technology. We looked specifically for women who are working to keep the Internet open, researching ways that the Internet makes democracy stronger, or some exciting combination of the two. We’re very pleased that our fifteen fellows will be joining us at #PDF14. See Google's post about the fellows here. Read More

#PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Andrea Chalupa, Founder of DigitalMaidan

BY Sonia Roubini | Monday, May 19 2014

Andrea Chalupa is a founder of DigitalMaidan, an online movement that made the Ukrainian protests the #1 trending topic on Twitter worldwide, She is also a journalist and the author of Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold ... Read More

Announcing the #PDF14 Tumblr Fellows!

BY Sonia Roubini | Friday, May 16 2014

We at PDF are happy to announce our 2014 batch of Tumblr fellows. For the past few years, PDF has teamed up with Tumblr to offer registration fellowships to ten of the brightest and most qualified minds working to creatively tackle issues at the intersection of technology and politics. The 2014 Tumblr fellows are innovators, creators, writers, students, and all around exciting people, and we’re pleased that they’ll be joining us at #PDF14. Read More

#PDF14 Speaker Preview: An Interview with David Moore, Executive Director of the Participatory Politics Foundation.

BY Sonia Roubini | Friday, May 16 2014

This speaker preview features David Moore, a ten year PDF veteran and the Executive Director of the Participatory Politics Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to increase civic engagement. PPF's ... Read More

Calling All Writers, Organizers, Students, and Activists: Personal Democracy Forum 2014 Wants You!

BY Sonia Roubini | Tuesday, May 13 2014

We are now accepting volunteer applications for our 11th annual conference, an internationally recognized tech/politics event that convenes the best and brightest in their fields. Every element of the conference, from ... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Shauna Dillavou of CommunityRED

BY Sonia Roubini | Tuesday, May 13 2014

This #PDF14 speaker preview features Shauna Dillavou. Shauna is the executive director and cofounder of CommunityRED, an organization whose mission is to improve the digital security of journalists and activists in ... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: Featuring Kimberly Ellis, aka Dr. Goddess

BY Sonia Roubini | Tuesday, May 6 2014

This week’s #PDF14 speaker preview features Kimberly Ellis, also known by “Dr. Goddess” (@DrGoddess). Kimberly is a Scholar of American and Africana Studies, an Artist, Activist, Entrepreneur, and social media ... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Artist and Technologist Adam Harvey

BY Sonia Roubini | Friday, May 2 2014

Our latest #PDF14 speaker preview features Adam Harvey, an artist, technologist, and designer focused on countersurveillance and privacy issues. Adam also runs the The Privacy Gift Shop, an online marketplace for ... Read More