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First POST: Step Right Up

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 18 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: A first look at AskThem, a new portal for citizen questions of public officials and figures; an embarrassing data dump for the Indiana GOP; the NSA's spying empire in one handy map; and much, much more. Read More

Nick Merrill Takes Privacy Fight from National Security Letters to Networks

BY Sam Roudman | Friday, August 16 2013

Nick Merrill at PopTech. By Thatcher Cook for PopTech.

Near the height of post 9-11 national paranoia in 2004, Nick Merrill received a National Security Letter from the FBI demanding client information from his company Calyx Internet Access. Merrill defied the information request and took the FBI and Justice Department to court. He lived under a gag order for six years, but eventually won in court, twice, forcing changes to the Patriot Act. Since he was freed to speak about his case in 2010 (he still isn’t allowed to discuss its specifics) he has taken his story on the road, speaking to hackers, civil libertarians, students, tech conference attendees, and anyone else who will listen. Read More