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First POST: Unwarranted

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 26 2014

The Supreme Court says "get a warrant"; how the Snowden Effect is leading to promised improvements in European privacy protections and a balkanized Internet; Sean Parker's Brigade attracts criticism for its male-heavy leadership team; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Not Clapping

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, August 14 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: How to protect your online communications; Bitcoin comes under federal scrutiny; Booker rises; Chicago wants to know if you're sick; and much, much more. Read More


Does Mobile Technology Exacerbate Wartime Violence?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, June 5 2013

After watching one video of the war in Syria, YouTube suggests many more, all in the same vein.

You might have heard of 'conflict minerals' making their way into your cell phone, but has it occurred to you that cell phones could be fueling violent conflicts? A recent article in the American Political Science Review by Jan Pierskalla and Florian Hollenbach argues just that.

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Google's Launch of Navigation and Traffic Maps in India Coincides with Domestic Launch of Affordable Android Phone

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, September 6 2012

On Tuesday Google announced the launch of voice guided navigation and live traffic reports for India's major cities. While the announcement was generally met with enthusiasm, some pointed out that the apps might not be of much use to most Indians, since they are only usable via Androids, which are not widely used in India. But of course Google already thought of that. Read More

BART's Board OKs New Cell Phone Service Interruption Policy

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, December 1 2011

Photo: Lissette Alvarez/ Flickr The board of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District voted unanimously Thursday to adopt a new policy explicitly authorizing the district to disrupt cell phone service, in ... Read More

Daily Digest: The Mobile Voter Double Whammy?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, October 22 2008

The Web on the Candidates Google Maps Debuts Polling Places: If the air seems to be crackling with excitement today, it might be because Google has just connected up Google Maps with the Voting Information Project (VIP) ... Read More

Ahead of the Curve

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, September 20 2007

Cell phone service is coming to New York City's subways, which might seem like an arcane subject for us to cover, but check out the photo after the jump... Read More

Edwards Campaign Circumvents Limits of Mobile Fundraising -- For Now

BY Colin Delany | Sunday, June 24 2007

Toward the end of last week, the John Edwards campaign pulled off a bit of a technological coup — they got around the inherent limits of raising money via cell phone text message. But here's the rub: the tools they ... Read More