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First POST: Precognition

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, August 30 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: New revelations about the government's "black budget," new warnings about facial recognition technology; and some hints about 2016 and tech from the RNC's CTO and Democratic campaign strategist Joe Trippi. Read More

Turning the FCC's Not-So-Fun Twitter Town Hall Into a Teachable Moment

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 12 2012

In the wake of a Twitter town-hall style event with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski that drew jeers when Genachowski started late and initially did not use the hashtag his staff had been promoting for the conversation, General Services Administration staffers will publish updated guidelines on how federal agencies should manage events like these. Read More

FCC to Preview Online Database of Political TV Ads

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 6 2012

The Federal Communications Commission is set July 17 to conduct a public demonstration of the system it has built to host its newly mandated database of political television ad buys. Beginning with television stations in the nation's 50 largest media markets, broadcasters will be required to post information about which campaigns have purchased advertising time on their television stations — which they are already obliged to store at their offices and make available to the public upon request — on a central, FCC-hosted database. On July 17, FCC officials will demonstrate the system in-house staff have built to handle this work. Read More

Editorial: #NewsFAIL, or How Big TV Media Doesn't Want Online Disclosure of Who Is Lining Their Pockets

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 26 2012

ABC Chicago Public File (via ProPublica)

Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposed rule that would require broadcasters to post online their "public file," a list of all the political ads that run on their channels, who bought them, and what they paid. The rule would also enable the agency to build a central website compiling all the data in an easy-to-search portal. Right now you have to literally visit each TV station in person to access the paper records. If you are one of those news junkies or open government advocates who follow transparency issues carefully, you already know about this measure. But guess who isn't covering this issue. 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

Planning America's Information Diet

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 3 2011

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will be in Phoenix, Arizona today to talk the future of news with a panel of about a dozen academics, news executives and journalism experts at an event at ... Read More

Gig.U Asks Universites and Telcos To Work Together for the Internet of the Future

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 15 2011

Fiber future: A new initiative aims to kickstart the development of cutting-edge Internet infrastructure in America. Photo Illustration: G Meyer / Flickr A new initiative seeks to create "testbeds" for extraordinarily ... Read More

Twitter Grows Public Policy Team With Former FCC Staffer Colin Crowell

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 29 2011

Twitter's public policy team grows with the addition of former FCC senior counselor Colin Crowell, whose hiring was announced Monday. Photo: Andy Melton / Flickr A top former staffer at the Federal Communications ... Read More

In San Francsico, The FCC Is Watching

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 15 2011

Federal Communications Commission spokesperson Neil Grace just sent along this statement about the developing situation in San Francisco, where the public transit authority, BART, has staked a claim on the right to shut ... Read More

House Bill Would Subsidize Broadband Access for Low-Income Americans

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 14 2011

Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Ca.) today introduced legislation that would subsidize broadband Internet access for low-income Americans by having service providers discount their monthly bills. The legislation, the Broadband ... Read More

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First POST: Violations

Hundreds of State Department employees had to know Hillary Clinton was breaking email protocol; if Clinton read the State Department employee manual she should have known better; Axelrod calls the mess a "ball of wool"; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Hotmail

The Clinton email brouhaha continues: Network Solutions, Clinton's domain registrar, was hacked in 2010; faulty encryption left the Clinton system open to hacking; @clintonemail.com a status symbol; "Jeb Bush did it too"; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Master of their Domain(s)

Hillary Clinton's "homebrew" email server; everything else you wanted to know about Clinton's personal email; a Romanian hacker called "Guccifer"; "Nothing is actually private"; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Shemails

Hillary Clinton stumbles on transparency; Jeb Bush chides her but he's too transparent; how Janet Napolitano got around that pesky gov't email rule; meanwhile, New York puts expiration dates on state workers' emails; and much, much more! GO

monday >

First POST: Outings

"Snowdenites" may have the "upper hand" in surveillance politics; ten lessons from the "underdog" net neutrality win; "Europtechnopanic"; ISIS threatens Twitter founder; and much, much more. GO

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