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First POST: Front Pagers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 20 2014

How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Tracking

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 17 2014

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Hosts

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 16 2014

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Africa Calling

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 15 2014

How some techies are starting to respond to the Ebola crisis; everything you need to know about GamerGate; how Twitter may upset the 2015 UK elections; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Burrowing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 14 2014

How Democratic candidates down-ballot are getting access to the same voter targeting tools used by larger campaigns; Microsoft Bing rolls out its election prediction program; Edward Snowden's first emails to Laura Poitras; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Attending

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 13 2014

New revelations from Laura Poitras' film Citizen Four; how India's new real-time online attendance system for government officials works; tech critic Evgeny Morozov in hot water; and much, much more. Read More

Nonprofit Long Distance Voter Helped Provide Data for Google Voting Search Feature

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, October 10 2014

For its new voting information search feature, or one-box, Google got some assistance from the nonprofit Long Distance Voter, which is dedicated to helping with absentee ballot requests. Specifically, Google licensed data from the organization to provide a service that offers voting and registration information for all 50 states. Read More

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FireChat Wasn’t Meant For Protests. Here’s How It Worked (Or Didn’t) at Occupy Central

BY Rebecca Chao | Friday, October 10 2014

Occupy Central is also known as the Umbrella Movement (hurtingbombz/flickr)

On September 28, the third day of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests known as Occupy Central, one of the movement’s leaders, 17-year-old Joshua Wong, posted a message on Facebook to fellow protestors asking them to download an app called FireChat in case the government decided to shut down phone and wifi connections. A week later, even though the government had not cut off connectivity, downloads had more than quadrupled at 450,000. But so far, there's been little reporting on whether FireChat actually enables useful communications among protesters. Read More

First POST: Bad Karma

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 10 2014

How companies like Facebook and Twitter are failing to deal with online harassment of women; why Amazon is a monopoly that the government should break up; net neutrality stealth campaigns; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Leaders

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 9 2014

Why the government shouldn't have a backdoor to your encrypted smartphone; 2016 hopeful Martin O'Malley on Wi-Fi as a human right; Mark Zuckerberg in India says the Internet access is a human right; and much, much more. Read More

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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