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PdF Brings Election Crowdsourcing to Mexico via 10Questions

BY Daniel Teweles | Tuesday, May 3 2011

Full Disclosure: In my role as PdF's VP of Business Development and Marketing, I manage the 10Questions platform and its international expansion. If you're interested in using 10Questions in your election, I'm the guy to ... Read More

We're Hiring a Community Manager in NYC!

BY Daniel Teweles | Monday, March 14 2011

Year after year PdF continues to grow and thrive because of our community members. More than just content consumers or event attendees, they challenge and provoke, listen and comment, and more often than not, make their ... Read More

PdF Network Calls- Open to the Public!

BY Daniel Teweles | Monday, January 31 2011

Personal Democracy Forum (the publisher of this website) launched the PdF Network in 2009 to give innovators working at the intersection of technology, politics, government and non-profits unparalleled access to experts, ... Read More

Upcoming PdF Events in NYC

BY Daniel Teweles | Wednesday, January 12 2011

PdF is pleased to announce three upcoming events in New York City that we think you'll find continue to tap into the zeitgeist in an engaging and intellectually provocative way. PdF Presents: A Symposium on WikiLeaks and ... Read More

10Questions.com: Video Answers Can be Fun

BY Daniel Teweles | Wednesday, October 20 2010

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Jan Brewer finds her voice after, well... losing it: Now that candidates across the country have answered their constituents' crowdsourced questions via video on 10Questions, I've taken a ... Read More

10Questions Update: Candidate Video Answers are Streaming In

BY Daniel Teweles | Friday, October 15 2010

10Questions is a project of Personal Democracy Forum You asked, and the candidates have answered. Video answers from 9 candidates are now live on 10Questions.com. So surf on over and check them out. Then vote. ... Read More

10Questions: New Candidate Confirmations and Videos!

BY Daniel Teweles | Monday, October 11 2010

10Questions is a project of Personal Democracy Forum With less than a month until to go until Election Day, campaigns across the country are busy enticing voters, and now, rounding up tech-savvy interns, new media ... Read More

10Questions: Phase 1's End; A Preliminary Analysis

BY Daniel Teweles | Monday, October 11 2010

10Questions is a project of Personal Democracy Forum The first phase of 10Questions recently came to an end. Questions for candidates and votes on which questions the candidates should answer are no longer being ... Read More

Some candidates "don't have time" for constituent questions

BY Daniel Teweles | Friday, October 1 2010

10Questions is a project of Personal Democracy Forum 10Questions is an experiment, and as such, different campaigns have different perceptions of the value added provided by directly answering questions submitted by and ... Read More

10Questions Update: 10 Days to Ask Questions and New Videos!

BY Daniel Teweles | Friday, September 10 2010

To help pump up the crowd (pump it up) and spread the word about 10Questions, we made a new video with our good friend Jacob Soboroff, Executive Director of Why Tuesday?. Another video is after the jump. 10Questions is ... Read More

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Civic Hackers Call on de Blasio to Fill Technology Vacancies

New York City technology advocates on Wednesday called on the de Blasio administration to fill vacancies in top technology policy positions, expressing some frustration at the lack of a leadership team to implement a cohesive technology strategy for the city. GO

China's Porn Purge Has Only Just Begun, And Already Sina Is Stripped of Publication License

It seems that China is taking spring cleaning pretty seriously. On April 13 they launched their most recent online purge, “Cleaning the Web 2014,” which will run until November. The goal is to rid China's Internet of pornographic text, pictures, video, and ads in order to “create a healthy cyberspace.” More than 100 websites and thousands of social media accounts have already been closed, after less than a month. Today the official Xinhua news agency reported that the authorities have stripped the Internet giant Sina (of Sina Weibo, the popular microblogging site) of its online publication license. This crackdown on porn comes on the heels of a crackdown on “rumors.” Clearly, this spring cleaning isn't about pornography, it's about censorship and control.

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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. GO

What Has the EU Ever Done For Us?: Countering Euroskepticism with Viral Videos and Monty Python

Ahead of the May 25 European Elections, the most intense campaigning may not be by the candidates or the political parties. Instead, some of the most passionate campaigns are more grassroots efforts focused on for a start stirring up the interest of the European electorate. GO

At NETmundial Brazil: Is "Multistakeholderism" Good for the Internet?

Today and tomorrow Brazil is hosting NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the future of Internet governance. GO

Brazilian President Signs Internet Bill of Rights Into Law at NetMundial

Earlier today Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Marco Civil, also called the Internet bill of rights, during the global Internet governance event, NetMundial, in Brazil.

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.

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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.

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The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.

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