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First POST: Seeking Refuge

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers:: The UN is seeking digital humanitarians to help with Typhoon Yolanda crisis tweets; Germans are divided on whether to offer Edward Snowden asylum; How .nyc could be a new piece of civic architecture; and much, much more. Read More


Rwandapedia: Their Story, Their Way

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, November 7 2013

Rwandan Flag (Wikipedia)

Last week at the Transform Africa Summit, a conference centered on development and ICT, Rwanda launched a digital archive called Rwandapedia, a collection of cultural and historical information about the country. The site as it is now focuses on the past 20 years, after the genocide in 1994. However, much like the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Rwandapedia is a platform through which anyone can submit stories and material, and will eventually encompass a much deeper history.

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BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 26 2013

President Barack Obama's personal brand is inextricably linked to the words "hope and change," thanks to his initial presidential campaign, so it's not surprising that open government advocates are pouncing on the removal of the contents of as a symbol of a broken promise. Read More

For a Senate Hopeful, Past - As "Publisher" Of Links to Porn and Crude Humor - is Prologue

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 24 2012

Once something is on the Internet, it's on the Internet forever, as one aspirant to the U.S. Senate now knows well. CEO Marc Cenedella is seeking support for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for the U.S. Senate seat she currently holds. Potentially standing in his way is a vast tranche of over 1,000 blog posts that appear on a site under his name, many of them containing potentially offensive content, including crude sexual humor and links to pornography. Today Cenedella took responsibility for the posts — without admitting to writing any one of them individually — and an adviser said that he was aware they would be uncovered, eventually, through the Internet Archive. "All of this was available for everyone to look at and we knew that going in," he told me. Read More