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What the Early 20th Century and the SOPA/PIPA Fight Have In Common

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 26 2012

As it happens, there's a connection between the SOPA/PIPA fight and sexuality and politics in 1920s Austria. That's the argument Beth Noveck made Monday at New York Law School, during an evening book event Personal Democracy Media hosted to discuss Steven Johnson's new book, "Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in the Networked Age." Noveck spoke alongside Tina Rosenberg, co-writer of the Fixes online column for the New York Times, Internet thinker Clay Shirky, and our editorial director, Micah Sifry. Read More

Coming Up: "The Rise of the 'Peer Progressive'" Monday 9/24 7pm in NYC

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 19 2012

We're looking forward to this Monday night's conversation on "The Rise of the 'Peer Progressive'" with author Steven Johnson that we're hosting along with NY Law School's Institute of Information Law & Policy. We'll ... Read More

The Listserve Hopes To Revitalize The Quality Of Online Conversation Through The Oldest Online Social Network -- Email

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 12 2012

What would you say if you suddenly had the opportunity to connect personally with a million of your fellow human beings around the world?

That's a question that a group of five students at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program are currently exploring with their intriguing class project/online social interaction experiment The Listserve, in which one person is chosen by lottery, and given the platform and opportunity to speak to a mass audience through e-mail in a one-shot deal.

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Capitol Hill's Dec. 7 Hackathon Means Government's Getting Geekier

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 28 2011

Photo: Elliott P. / Flickr Software developers, Capitol Hill staffers and transparency advocates will brainstorm about what's to come in this field at Congress’ first-ever hackathon on Dec. 7 at the Capitol Visitors ... Read More

An API for New York City Data, and a Chance to Suggest What to Use It For

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 21 2011

New York City will provide on-the-fly access to the datasets in its New York City Datamine by the end of the year, city Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne promised Tuesday at the Games for Change conference held in New ... Read More

PdFLeaks II: Jonsdottir, Shirky, Abrams, Hockenberry and Coleman, Jan. 24 at NYU

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 18 2011

Personal Democracy Forum, in partnership with New York University's Interactive Technology Program, is pleased to present our second symposium on WikiLeaks and Internet Freedom this coming Monday, January 24, from 6-8pm. ... Read More

Upcoming PdF Events in NYC

BY Daniel Teweles | Wednesday, January 12 2011

PdF is pleased to announce three upcoming events in New York City that we think you'll find continue to tap into the zeitgeist in an engaging and intellectually provocative way. PdF Presents: A Symposium on WikiLeaks and ... Read More

Holiday Book Suggestions for the Discerning PdF Reader [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 22 2010

If you're like me and about to take off for some holiday R&R, you may be hunting around for some good reading to bring with you. Now, these suggestions are not for you if you want something truly non-work-related. ... Read More

What Gladwell Gets Wrong: The Real Problem is Scale Mismatch (Plus, Weak and Strong Ties are Complementary and Supportive)

BY Zeynep Tufekci | Tuesday, September 28 2010

We're pleased to repost this essay on Malcolm Gladwell and online activism by Prof. Zeynep Tufekci of the University of Maryland, with her permission, from her blog Technosociology. Not only does she engage Gladwell, who ... Read More

Government Needs Smart-sourcing, Not Crowdsourcing

BY Pete Peterson | Tuesday, March 24 2009

The prophet is having second thoughts. In comments that have received remarkably scant coverage on this side of the pond, Clay Shirky, while in London last month promoting the release of Here Comes Everybody in ... Read More