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Berkman at 10: Is the Internet Good for Democracy, Or What?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 15 2008

Is the Internet good for democracy, or not? John Palfrey is up leading a distributed conversation on that topic for the second plenary session. I'm going to take notes on the conversation, but as always treat these as ... Read More

Berkman at 10: The Future of the Internet is in Our Hands

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 15 2008

I'm at Harvard today and tomorrow attending the Berkman Center's 10th anniversary, and boy is this is an idea-rich environment. If you want to peek in on the proceedings, there are lots of ways to join in: You can watch ... Read More

Berkman at 10: The Future of the Internet is in Our Hands

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 15 2008

I'm at Harvard today and tomorrow attending the Berkman Center's 10th anniversary, and boy is this is an idea-rich environment. If you want to peek in on the proceedings, there are lots of ways to join in: You can watch ... Read More

PdF 2008: Rebooting the System (A Peek at the Program) [UPDATED 6/4]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, May 13 2008

Here's a peek at the emerging program for this year's fifth annual Personal Democracy Forum, which is coming up this June 23-24 in New York City. We're pretty excited about the line-up that's taking shape (and the fact ... Read More

PdF 2008: Rebooting the System (A Peek at the Program)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, May 13 2008

Here's a peek at the emerging program for this year's fifth annual Personal Democracy Forum, which is coming up this June 23-24 in New York City. We're pretty excited about the line-up that's taking shape (and the fact ... Read More

Voter File 2.0: Catalist, Democratic Tool

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 9 2008

I'm in a breakout session at the New Democratic Network's daylong conference on "New Tools, New Audiences," listening to Vijay Ravindran, the CTO of Catalist, talk about web 2.0 and its development of an "Enhanced Voter ... Read More

Voter File 2.0: Catalist, Democratic Tool

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 9 2008

I'm in a breakout session at the New Democratic Network's daylong conference on "New Tools, New Audiences," listening to Vijay Ravindran, the CTO of Catalist, talk about web 2.0 and its development of an "Enhanced Voter ... Read More

Clinton Going Down, While the Web Dreams of an Obama Win

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 9 2008

Clinton is losing friends on MySpace, and traffic to her website seems to be crashing. Meanwhile, the interwebs are having a ball with "When Obama Wins." Read More

What is Obama's Movement?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 8 2008

As the dust settles on the Democratic primary fight, I think more people are going to be turning their attention to understanding the significance of the new kind of political machine the Obama campaign has been ... Read More

Come Together, Now? The World Live Web and Politics

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, May 7 2008

I spent most of last night watching the Democratic election returns roll in, with the TV tuned to MSNBC but the sound turned down low, and my laptop in my hands, watching for live reaction and commentary on the event as ... Read More

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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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