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The Making of the "God Sent Hitler" Viral Video, and McCain's Break From Hagee

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 30 2008

What follows is the first-person account of the making of the viral video of Pastor John Hagee that precipitated Senator John McCain's decision to renounce Hagee's endorsement of his candidacy. Wilson is a co-founder of ... Read More

Pat Caddell-Joe Trippi Photo Caption Contest

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, May 25 2008

This photo is crying out for a good caption. Any suggestions? (It's from Joe Trippi's annual Memorial Day clambake.) Photo after the jump. Read More

Obama and the Jews: Voter-Generated Content Adds Context

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 23 2008

It's one thing to read about an event in the newspaper; it's another thing to watch the event in its unexpurgated form as raw, unedited video. And as more people carry video cameras or video-enabled mobile phones, it's a ... Read More

PdF2008 Update on Panels and Speakers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, May 20 2008

We're still hard at work finalizing the program for this year's fifth annual Personal Democracy Forum, which is taking place June 23-24 at Rose Hall in New York City, and I'm pleased to be able to share these updates ... Read More

PdF2008 Update on Panels and Speakers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, May 20 2008

We're still hard at work finalizing the program for this year's fifth annual Personal Democracy Forum, which is taking place June 23-24 at Rose Hall in New York City, and I'm pleased to be able to share these updates ... Read More

Is Barack Obama Following Your Friendfeed? [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, May 19 2008

Is Barack Obama actually using the social media tracking tool FriendFeed to follow tech gurus Andrew McLaughlin, Chris Messina, Chris Pirillo, Dave Winer, Dave Sifry (how'd he slip in there?), Fred Wilson, Jason ... Read More

Berkman at 10: Open Media--Is Openness Enough?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 16 2008

For the next 45 minutes, you can join in and watch the "Open Media" session at the Berkman at 10 conference. It's being streamed live to web by uber-video blogger Steve Garfield. Read More

Berkman at 10 [LIVE]: Transparency and Government

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 16 2008

Here's the archived video of the "Transparency and Government" session at the Berkman at 10 conference that I participated in along with Sunlight Foundation head Ellen Miller this morning. (I am a consultant to ... Read More

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: 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

News Briefs

RSS Feed monday >

First POST: Front Pagers

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. GO

friday >

First POST: Tracking

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. GO

thursday >

First POST: Hosts

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. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Africa Calling

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. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Burrowing

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. GO

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