BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, July 21 2014
Why Microsoft's Bradford Smith is so influential in tech policy; the split between DailyKos and Netroots Nation; how the GOP is wooing conservative and libertarian techies; and much, much more. Read More
BY Ben Valentine | Monday, July 21 2014
In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, July 18 2014
FCC in the cross-hairs on net neutrality and local broadband pre-emption; the political mood at Netroots Nation; how an Israeli rocket-alert app affects perceptions of the conflict with Gaza; and much, much more. Read More
BY Rebecca Chao | Thursday, July 17 2014
The United Nations World Food Program has rolled out an electronic food program for Syrian refugees, giving them control over what they eat and allowing them to inject that money back into their host country's economy. Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, July 17 2014
Rand Paul goes prospecting in Silicon Valley; techies opening their wallets for Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu in New York; using Google Street View for local environmental monitoring; and much, much more. Read More
BY the engine room | Thursday, July 17 2014
Update July 17, 5PM CET<
School of Data, Peer to Peer University and Open Tech School organized a world-cafe' style workshop to share their experiences in designing and conducting training processes, online and offline. The areas covered were:
- How to organise tech and data workshops
- Building effective curriculum and accreditation
- Type of education activities: a blended offline, online
- Designing passion driven communities
BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, July 16 2014
In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, July 16 2014
The battle against CISA heats up; the FCC's servers melt down over net neutrality; Elizabeth Warren fans organize for her online; and much, much more. Read More
BY the engine room | Wednesday, July 16 2014
During OKFest, our reporters will ask Festival participants five questions about the state of the Open knowledge movement:
- What’s the most interesting project you have seen at OKFest?
- What should be open?
- What should not be open?
- In your opinion, what has opening knowledge accomplished?
- What’s next for the open knowledge movement?
This post collects all the flash interviews: read on for insights into open knowledge from the deep end.Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, July 15 2014
Republican efforts to catch up to Democratic techies begin to bear fruit; TV ads are getting targeted at specific viewers; comments to the FCC on its net neutrality/open Internet proposal close down; and much, much more. Read More