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First POST: Scrutiny

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The Guardian publishes more of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras' interview with Edward Snowden; James Comey's confirmation hearing is a new opportunity to explore the role of surveillance in society; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Overseas

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: How the NSA keeps Internet cables tapped; how that whole "civic technology thing is going; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Morsi's Message

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 3 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Redditors' place in the Internet population and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Pressure

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 2 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: How a spy scandal looks different in Washington than it does in London, and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Will This Volunteer-Built App Help Clean Up New York City Politics?

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 1 2013

The New York City Campaign Finance Board plans this week to release an early version of a web interface for campaigns to collect and process contributions on the go. "At first it is designed for use by candidates and their campaigns to process contributions in person, [such as] at small fundraisers," says CFB spokesman Eric Friedman. Read More

First POST: Adverse Reaction

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 1 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: European officials react to the news that American intelligence agencies monitored some of their colleagues; understanding what made Wendy Davis a star as well as an effective bill-stopping politician; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Repercussions

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 28 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The latest disclosures of NSA surveillance on Americans; how technology in development is beginning to evolve; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Protestations

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 27 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: What Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster means; the digital public square from Austin to Istanbul; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Filibuster

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 26 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Wendy Davis' social-media-backed filibuster; the IRS takes a surprising stance on open source; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Clarifying Remarks

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 25 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Finding Edward Snowden; a new class of Presidential Innovation Fellows; the Knight News Challenge winners; 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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Mark Pesce on "Hypercivility" at @CivicHall

A week ago, digital ethnologist Mark Pesce gave a talk here at Civic Hall on the topic of "Hypercivility." As you will see from watching the video, it's an extension of years of research and thinking he has done on the effects of hyperconnectivity on our world. Be forewarned, this is not an "easy" talk to watch or digest. While Pesce definitely has our social-media-powered "Age of Outrage" on his mind, he grounds his talk in a much more serious place: post-genocide Rwanda, which he recently visited. GO

First POST: Impossibles

The FCC vote; a proxy Democratic primary battle in Chicago; Gov Andrew Cuomo begins deleting all state employee emails more than 90 days old; men talking about women in tech; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Off the Books

Chicago's "black site"; The New York Times reports "little guys" like Tumblr and Reddit have won the fight for net neutrality but fails to mention Free Press or Demand Progress; Hillary Clinton fan products on Etsy to inspire campaign slogans?; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Challenges

How Silicon Valley donors are thinking about Hillary Clinton 2016; Yahoo's security chief locks horns with the head of the NSA; Instagram location data catches a Congressman with his hand in the till; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Bows

CitizenFour wins best doc; Ken Silverstein resigned from First Look Media and took to Facebook to vent; why we need more Congressional staffers; who profits from the net neutrality debate; banning PowerPoint presentations; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Sim Pickings

Using stolen encryption keys, the NSA and GCHQ can intercept and decrypt communications between billions of phones without notifying the service provider, foreign governments or users; get to know Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks editor who helped Snowden gain asylum in Russia; a profile of the Fight for the Future leaders; how the new wave of black community organizing is not hashtag activism; and much, much more. GO

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