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First POST: Power Shifts

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, June 3 2014

#ResetTheNet starts to gain momentum; how Facebook could tilt an election; #BringBackOurGirls gets banned in Nigeria; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: The Web We Want?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, December 5 2013

The NSA really has total information awareness; Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras give Edward Snowden some advice; BuzzFeed meets buzzsaw Dave Weigel; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Taking Over

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 26 2013

How privacy concerns will fit into the next populist wave in US politics; Glenn Greenwald and Paul Carr spar; why the number of lobbyists in Washington is probably double what you think; and much, much more. Read More

Open Data Starts Paying Off on Alzheimer’s

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, August 13 2010

A leap started seven years ago towards getting all wiki-fied, open, and share-happy with brain data by researchers inside and outside government is starting to justify itself, reports the New York Times' Gina Kolata. ... Read More

Lawyers to Feds: Decentralized Drug Tracker Passes Privacy Test

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 23 2009

I read long and ridiculously legalistic oversight reports so that you don't have to, my friends. Seriously, can I get a raise? I know, the 91-bleeping-page "Analysis of Legal Issues Related to Structuring FDA ... Read More

Knight Grantee Points to One Future of Public Information Sharing

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 25 2009

Yesterday's first public meeting of the Food and Drug Administration's new Transparency Task Force was dedicated to brainstorming ways to make the FDA more accessible, knowable, and accountable, and thus the question ... Read More

FDA Aims to Shine Light on the Drug Approval Process

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 2 2009

The somewhat beleaguered Food and Drug Administration, reports the New York Times' Gardiner Harris, is setting up a "Transparency Task Force" to examine how the FDA can more fully open up its operations to the ... Read More

White House Shines Webcam on a Shift in Food Safety's Political Dynamics

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 13 2009

If I might be so bold as to quote my own tweet from a minute ago, "Watching Rosa DeLauro evangelize against the fragmented food system on www.whitehouse.gov/live is exciting in at least two ways." At least two! ... Read More

Elections Matter, External Links Edition

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 8 2009

Tucked into a recent press account of how an emboldened FDA is going on the offense to address pistachio contamination is a little tech nugget that might seem exceedingly trivial, but is arguably a sign of real political ... Read More