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The Year in Review

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, January 1 2006

Elana Levin of the Drum Major Institute, a progressive think tank based in New York, has a nice round-up of the "Year in the Blogosphere" from the liberal side of the aisle. In her view, blogs played a key role in ... Read More

NSA Wiretaps: If Technology Leaps Forward, Will Politics Catch up?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 21 2005

While Congress and the blogosphere debates the legality of President Bush's executive orders putting the National Security Agency in the business of tapping American citizens communications without a court warrant, the ... Read More

Don't Get "Podjacked"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 14 2005

If you're one of the many people playing with podcasts, then you must read Erik Marcus's helpful and detailed post on how his show was "podjacked" and what to do to protect yourself. What happened to Erik--a third-party ... Read More

Digital Politics Going More Mainstream

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 6 2005

I'm just digging into the USC Annenberg Digital Future Project's 123-page report, "Surveying the digital Future," which comes out tomorrow, but here are a few highlights that caught my eye: -The political affiliations ... Read More

Short takes

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, November 20 2005

In "Roger Simon's Little Black Dress," Chris Nolan puts her finger on what seems to be wrong with Open Pajamas Media, or whatever they're calling it these days. Steve Urquhart has dropped out of the Utah Senate race. I ... Read More

Tracking the WalMart Net-war

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 10 2005

I would love to read an in-depth piece on how Robert Greenwald and Walmart are each using the web to conduct the most interesting political campaign since the 2004 election, complete with war-rooms and viral marketing, ... Read More

SBC's Threat to the Internet

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 9 2005

There's been a lot of buzz of late about what the big telecom mergers just approved by the FCC (Verizon-MCI and AT&T-SBC), combined with recent FCC rulings giving broadband providers a lot more monopoly powers, ... Read More

What I Did Last Summer

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 2 2005

I've posted a long post-mortem of the Rasiej campaign for NYC Public Advocate over on my personal blog, As I worked on that campaign while on leave from PDF, I thought it best to post the essay there ... Read More

Notes on the Alito Confirmation Battle

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 31 2005

"This now sets up the showdown of ideas that I think we've all craved." --Markos Moulitsas,, 12:46pm, 10.31.05 "The battle we have all been waiting for is finally upon us." --Leon H.,, 1:45pm, ... Read More

House Speaker Starts Blog (Yawn...)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 27 2005

House Speaker Dennis Hastert has a blog. Now, if only he had a personality. It's nice to see politicians dipping their pinky toes into the blogosphere, I guess. And Hastert (or, more likely, his ghostwriter) does try to ... Read More