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PdF2008 Update: Zittrain is Coming, and Idea Market is Up

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, June 4 2008

With just 19 days to go (gulp) til Personal Democracy Forum 2008 opens its doors, we're pleased to announce that Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, and ... Read More

Snapshots as Campaign 2008 Resets

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, June 3 2008

The Tuesday night ritual of gathering around the electronic campfire to share in the evolving politics of the 2008 presidential race may finally be over, at least until November. Here are some snapshots and observations ... Read More

Snapshots as Campaign 2008 Resets

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, June 3 2008

The Tuesday night ritual of gathering around the electronic campfire to share in the evolving politics of the 2008 presidential race may finally be over, at least until November. Here are some snapshots and observations ... Read More

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

News Briefs

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First POST: Company

The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Mood Slime

The Sony email leak reveals the MPAA's campaign against Google; how Uber is lobbying in local markets; mapping the #MillionsMarchNYC; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Cloudy

What the Internet is not; new analysis of public opinion on net neutrality; how cloud backup apparently foiled a police coverup; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Records

Is the future of citizen journalism vigilantism?; one tech mogul's vocal support for CIA torture; a cri de couer from the founder of the Pirate Bay; and much, much more. GO

Web Index Sees Impact of Net Neutrality, Surveillance and Copyright Laws

Denmark, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden have come out on top of the Web Index, a ranking of the Web Foundation measuring the economic, social and political benefit that countries gain from the web. The United States is at number six. For the authors of the report accompanying the index, the results reflect how inequality has an impact on access to the web. "Nordic policy-makers have been quick to adopt and promote the free Internet - and open access to information - as a 21st century public good," the report states. " Others, as this year's findings show, need to move fast to catch up." The report attributes the Scandinavian countries' advantage to the countries' broader efforts to invest in public goods and establish a welfare and acting against " excess concentrations of wealth and power." With the lower inequality in those countries than in others, "the skills, means and freedoms to benefit from new technologies are widespread, which helps to explain why Scandinavian countries score highly on the political, social and economic impact of the Web GO

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