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First POST: Travels

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 24 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Insider threats; a new crop of open government projects; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: "Inadvertently"

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 21 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Two ways to write about the latest documents released by the Guardian on NSA spying; watching the unrest in Brazil; explaining "standing man" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Parsing David Simon on the Price of Security

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 20 2013

David Simon, whose entire career has revolved around the drug-ridden streets of Baltimore's poorest and most heavily surveilled neighborhoods, provocatively suggests in a recent post that what's going on here is that the rest of America is suddenly and hypocritically rejecting a call to ante in on the security apparatus that keeps the country safe.

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First POST: The Debate

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 20 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Parsing David Simon on surveillance; watching more money go into crowdfunding experiments; the rise of the political data industry; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Preparing for the Primary

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 19 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Cory Booker's latest campaign moves; the end of the telegram; and our ongoing aggregation of NSA news in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

The New York City Mayor's Race: Analog Candidates in a Digital World

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 18 2013

On Monday night, several candidates for mayor of New York City gathered in Queens in the hopes of impressing the city's technologists and tech investors. If anyone was listening closely, they failed. Read More

First POST: Answers

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Congressional hearings continue on National Security Agency surveillance; federal officials consider Bitcoin; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Revelations

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Knowledge loss in open government, a new social networking partnership for New York City, and a whole mess of new information in the ongoing NSA surveillance debate lead today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Late Takes

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 14 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Fallout continues from disclosure that the National Security Agency is spying on Americans, compiled in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Where TIME Lost the Plot on Snowden and Spying

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 14 2013

Michael Scherer doesn't seem to have time for allegations of government misconduct. Rather, it's the bits and bytes of an online political philosophy that attracts his imagination, an Internet culture typified by the 2.3 million Reddit users who logged in last month. His recent article in TIME Magazine takes shaky steps towards the idea that there is a culture of technologically savvy twentysomethings who are "challenging" to a stable democracy. This is not incisive commentary on the zeitgeist of young America, this is the construction of a folk devil. I said so in a previous piece, and he has emailed me to defend his ideas. Read More

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First POST: Scary Monsters

Facebook opens up about its experiments on tweaking voting behavior; breaking news in the FCC net neutrality battle; getting hard data on civic tech's impact on political efficacy; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: System-Gaming

Why techies interested in political reform are facing challenges; the latest data on Democratic voter contacts in 2014; Hungary's anti-Internet tax demonstrations are getting huge; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Gimme Shelter

The link between intimate partner violence and surveillance tech; the operational security set-up that connected Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden; how Senate Dems are counting on tech to hold their majority; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Tribes

Edward Snowden on the Internet's impact on political polarization; trying to discern Hillary Clinton's position on NSA reform; why Microsoft is bullish on civic tech; and much, much more GO

monday >

First POST: Inventions

How voter data-sharing among GOP heavyweights is still lagging; why Facebook's News Feed scares news publishers; Google's ties to the State Department; and much, much more. GO

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