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First POST: Security Insecurity

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 14 2014

New data on Americans attitudes toward government and private surveillance; how artists are responding to the surveillance state; redesigning New York state's official web presence; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Saving Face

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, June 2 2014

The NSA's facial recognition data collection program; why to keep an eye on the Email Privacy Act; Zephyr Teachout and her battle with NY Governor Andrew Cuomo; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Disruptors

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, May 20 2014

How the NSA collects every phone call made in the Bahamas; why the FCC's proposed rulemaking on net neutrality is problematic; how Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to upgrade NYC's broadband; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Peak Open?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 1 2013

The latest reports from the Open Government Partnership summit in London; how big tech companies are responding to the NSA scandal; a Palestinian hacker who taught Facebook a lesson; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Nihilists

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The latest twists in the NSA scandal, advice for Republican would-be techies and wannabe innovative cities; why Samantha Power will break our hearts; and much, much more from around the web. Read More

#PDF12: The Radical Power of the Internet Public

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, June 13 2012

Chris Soghoian at Personal Democracy Forum 2012. Photo: Esty Stein / PDM

Tuesday morning at PDF12, there were five quick keynote talks in a row that could serve as a 50-minute primer on the radical power of the Internet public to change the world, why it's so important to nurture that public, where some of the threats to the Internet are coming from, and how people are routing around them to build a future "intranet" that might well stand free from governmental and corporate control. They were, in order, from Chris Soghoian, Dave Parry, Peter Fein, Sascha Meinrath and Deanna Zandt. You can watch them in order below. Read More

Coming Up Thursday: PD+ Call with Chris Soghoian on Online Privacy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, April 23 2012

“If Chris Soghoian points out a technology-related privacy problem, then it should probably be taken seriously,” Marcia Hofmann, a senior staff attorney at San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, recently told Wired magazine. “Nobody else is doing what Chris does—at least not at his level.”

Indeed, that's why this Thursday's PD+ call with Chris Soghoian on how to protect your privacy online should be really eye-opening.

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One of the People Who Challenges The Internet Powers-That-Be

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 23 2011

Go read this profile of Chris Soghoian, a security researcher with a knack for navigating the paper trail, whose constant badgering of the new Internet powers-that-be have been changing policies in boardrooms and on ... Read More

Google Data Shows Government Internet Surveillance Far Outstrips Wiretap Requests

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 25 2011

Alongside an update to its public records about government requests for user information, Google this morning announced that it would begin disclosing not just the number of requests governments worldwide are making for ... Read More

Crowdfunding Dissent

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 23 2011

Security researcher Christopher Soghoian says he raised $500 for legal fees in 20 minutes. He was raising the money to sue the federal Department of Justice for access to 600 pages of documents about Internet and mobile ... Read More