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First POST: Company

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 16 2014

The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Responding

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 26 2014

The aftermath of Ferguson continues to reverberate; how one Senate campaign took advantage of Facebook's micro-targeting tools; the new Congress' tech agenda; and much, much more Read More

First POST: Nerdfighters

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 18 2013

Top tech execs meet with President Obama to talk about the NSA; Chinese hackers take down the FEC website; open source software-as-a-service is poised for government use; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Can You Hear Me Now?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 17 2013

Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon blasts the NSA's phone metadata collection program; Edward Snowden sees vindication in the preliminary ruling; the Internet Archive unveils an amazing visualization of the "geography of US TV news"; and much, much more. Read More

He's Back! Alan Grayson Shares His Thanksgiving Wal-Mart Escapade on Facebook and YouTube

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, November 27 2012

Congressman-elect Alan Grayson hasn't even been sworn in yet, but he's already engaging the public and putting issues on the radar with his signature use of social media. Read More


Inexpensive Smart Phones Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, October 31 2012

Image from the Mozilla blog

While the release of low cost smartphones is a welcome development, their rapid proliferation could come at the cost of presenting an opportunity for malicious hackers. Read More

This "Gangnam Style" Parody Video From A Group of Lifeguards Is Getting Attention for All the Wrong Reasons

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, September 11 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: What started out as a summer gag video by a few city lifeguards has turned into a controversy that's attracted international attention. Is the Southern California town of El Monte sticking to a policy that defends its reputation and prevents misuse of resources, or is it missing out on an opportunity by cracking down on a group of enthusiastic young employees? Read More

Seeking "Social" Presidential Election Coverage, CNN and Facebook Partner Up

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 9 2012

CNN and Facebook unveiled a new partnership on Monday that signals a clear desire by CNN to expand its audience with a trio of new initiatives on the global social network.

The network, which has seen its ratings falter over the past year, is launching a new English and Spanish-language Facebook app mid-to-late August called "I'm Voting." Facebook will also examine its users' conversations about the presidential and vice presidential candidates in aggregate and enable CNN on-air personalities to break that information down by state. The network also plans to cooperate with Facebook on user surveys around specific events like the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the presidential debates, and Election Day.

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Fast, Cheap or Accurate, But Not All Three: CNN's "Dewey Defeats Truman" Moment

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 28 2012

It's a sad, sad day for America's "greatest news team." Just minutes ago, in the rush to report the breaking news from the Supreme Court, CNN's John King breathlessly told Wolf Blitzer that the court had struck down the individual mandate at the center of the health care reform law, calling it a "huge blow" to President Obama. And, as captured by Josh Nelson, from 10:11am to 10:18am, had this pre-written headline and story up on its home page. Read More

CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" Will Have Some Tech-Politics Commentators

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 15 2012

This should be interesting: CNN nightly news program Erin Burnett OutFront is out with its list of political commentators for the general election. Some of the names are familiar in Internet-politics-land. The gang includes Upworthy's Maegan Carberry, who was previously director of communications at Rock The Vote; Sasha Issenberg, who ventures into our corner of the political world frequently while documenting the new science of political campaigns for Slate; and Ben Smith, veteran political blogger turned BuzzFeed's top politics editor.

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