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First POST: Expansion

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 24 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Code for America goes international; The Nation revisits software terms of service; President Barack Obama talks digital surveillance; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

From the PDF Archives: Anthony Weiner, Digital Prophet

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 23 2013

Before former Congressman Anthony Weiner announced his candidacy for mayor of New York City in a web video released late at night, before his Twitter habits with young women ended his career in the House, he was an online media skeptic — and, in a way, he prophesied exactly the role that media would play in the end of his first act on the political stage. In video from our archive of Personal Democracy Forum 2004, where Weiner was a speaker, he dismisses blogs as unnecessary in his district because there was "no lack of intimacy" between him and his constituents. Read More

First POST: About That "G"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 23 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: On transparency in Russia; analyzing the aftermath of the tornado in Oklahoma; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Announcements

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Anthony Weiner is in the New York mayor's race; everyone's taking a closer look at Silicon Valley politics; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Recovery

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 21 2013

Watching recovery efforts in Oklahoma, a landmark change at the Federal Communications Commission, and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Today's First POST is available for anyone to read. Read More

TechPresident Podcast: Prosecutions and Politics

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 20 2013

In this edition of the techPresident Podcast: The techPresident team talks about Silicon Valley politics, Internet entrepreneurs lobbying, and the transparency tribulations resulting from the Justice Department's subpoena of AP phone records. With: Sarah Lai Stirland, Nick Judd and Micah Sifry Sound editing: Sam Roudman Read More

First POST: The Acquisition

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 20 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: By acquiring Tumblr, Yahoo gets a big audience — and a favorite platform for political culture warriors; Silicon Valley pushes for changes to immigration reform legislation; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Compromises

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Organizing for Action's new stumbling block; "accelerating" a civic technology industry; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: The "Facebook Squad"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 16 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Renegotiating access, protection for journalists, and leadership at the IRS; new Census data for political researchers; FWD.us' "Facebook squad;" and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

First POST: Consequences

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Another Internet outage in Syria; continued inquiry into selective enforcement and allegations of prosecutorial overreach in the Obama administration; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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