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BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 26 2013

President Barack Obama's personal brand is inextricably linked to the words "hope and change," thanks to his initial presidential campaign, so it's not surprising that open government advocates are pouncing on the removal of the contents of as a symbol of a broken promise. Read More

New Rapid Response Internet Task Force Builds Congress Contact Tool Around Amash Roll Call Vote

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, July 25 2013

Wednesday's floor vote on House Republican Justin Amash's amendment to withhold funding from the National Security Agency unless it curtails its surveillance techniques was one of the most closely-watched and lobbied ... Read More

This New Hack Keeps You Up to Date on House Floor Votes as if You Were There

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, July 25 2013

House votes are hard enough for members of Congress to follow, let alone the general public — but a new app proposes to make it easier for people to stay abreast of action on Capitol Hill no matter where they are. Called "Capitol Bells," the new tool attracted attention on Reddit through an AMA session with its creator, 29-year-old mechanical engineer and former Hill staffer Ted Henderson. Read More

The Fight To Rein In National Security Surveillance -- Will This Time Be Different?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 23 2013

Verizon Wireless is one of the phone companies that has worked with the NSA, according to The Guardian.

When members of the House vote on a controversial amendment to curtail the National Security Agency's big data approach to domestic terrorism Wednesday evening, it'll be a big test of sorts of modern day Internet-empowered activism. Read More

U.S. Tech Companies, Rights Groups Push Lawmakers For More Surveillance Disclosure

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, July 18 2013

A group of 22 tech companies, six investment management companies, and dozens of rights groups on Thursday demanded that they be allowed to disclose more detailed information about law enforcement requests for user ... Read More

House Judiciary Committee Pushes Obama Administration Officials On Surveillance Overreach

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, July 17 2013

Photo: Flickr/Thomas Hawk

Members of the House Judiciary Committee from both sides of the political aisle on Wednesday peppered Obama administration officials with detailed questions over the legality of its surveillance programs with an intensity and focus that suggests that several of them are actively working on legislation that would rein in the extent of that surveillance. Read More

CREDO SuperPAC's Online Director Joins Democracy for America

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, July 17 2013

Andy Kelley, CREDO SuperPAC's National New Media Director, is joining Democracy for America as its online programs deputy next Monday. Kelley will be responsible for co-ordinating all of DFA's online activities, ... Read More

EFF, Gun Rights Advocates, Unitarians Sue NSA for "Dragnet" on Constitutional Grounds

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 16 2013

A new coalition with members ranging from Second Amendment advocates and state chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to Greenpeace, the Free Software Foundation, an organization of California gun-rights advocates and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles filed suit against the National Security Agency on Tuesday, charging that its domestic surveillance activities, as recently described by The Guardian, are unconstitutional. Read More

Mitch McConnell's Internet Re-Election Adventure

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 15 2013

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Observers of the Internet in politics have opined that success online comes from a demonstrated comfort with face-to-face interaction. So why is Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican of Kentucky whose charisma was once likened to that of an oyster, focusing so much online? Read More

The Internet Association Wants To Crowdsource Its Lobbying

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 15 2013

The Internet Association's new Web site wants to engage Internet users in the policy process

The Internet Association on Monday launched a new online hub that its staff hope will open up the Beltway policymaking process to the public -- or at least encourage Internet companies' users to weigh in more often, and ... Read More