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First POST: False Alarms

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, March 28 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Let's all not freak out about things that aren't really going to break the Internet; let's all wonder who's going to be the next chair of the Federal Communications Commission; let's all read today's round-up of news about technology in politics, from around the web. Read More

First POST: Start from Scratch

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, March 27 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Predicting political tech in 2016; decoding the gun control debate; how to help Congress smarten up; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Fresh Questions

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, March 26 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Starting to look through Knight News Challenge applications; getting serious about the study of open government; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The Future FCC

BY Nick Judd | Monday, March 25 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Julius Genachowski's legacy as chairman of the FCC; a new political push from Facebook; municipal government's new quantitative focus; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Creatives

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Julius Genachowski's departure; debating the consequences of the "creative class;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Infrastructure

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, March 21 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: New disclosures on law enforcement's interest in Microsoft customers; the project of municipal Wifi returns to San Jose, Calif.; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Sensors

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, March 20 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Sensor journalism, online privacy reform, copyright policy and open government in Congress in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

What's Innovative, and What Isn't, in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace

BY Nick Judd and Bailey McCann | Tuesday, March 19 2013

The new federal health care marketplace elevates government IT — but only so far. Credit

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The federal Department of Health and Human Services is giving an open-source face to the complex new world of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Under that open-source face, though, will be complex systems procured and built just like many other government technology projects: Through multi-million-dollar firms that are part of huge companies and, in one case, a vendor owned by the same parent company as a major health care provider — a situation that presents the appearance of a conflict of interest. Read More

First POST: Jack for Mayor?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, March 19 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus: Is Twitter's Jack Dorsey going to run for mayor of New York City? This and other questions explored in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Reince Priebus' Plan

BY Nick Judd | Monday, March 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus' plans related to party diversity and digital upgrades; strange bedfellows on digital privacy; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. 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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