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Lessig Launches Change-Congress.org

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 20 2008

I'm at the National Press Club for the launch of Stanford Prof. Larry Lessig's new project, Change-Congress.org. He's here as part of Sunshine Week, and his speech is co-sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation (which I ... Read More

Daily Digest: Waiting to Change Congress

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, March 20 2008

A video tries to tie Barack Obama more closely to Jeremiah Wright and radical black politics; Fox News still needs to be schooled about who gets credit for writing community blogs; a new site is like Digg for the media ... Read More

Daily Digest: Netroots Gnaws on Itself

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 10 2008

Trippi warns about Obama's blue-collar support; Jerome Armstrong mocks Chris Bowers; will the "emerging church" go for Obama?; Lessig aims to Change-Congress; Blogger flophouses in DC make the front page; inside Obama's ... Read More

Lessig Opts Out, Citing Compressed Schedule

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, February 25 2008

Stanford professor Larry Lessig just announced via a short video on his personal blog that he's reached a decision on whether or not to launch a campaign for the open seat in California's 12th congressional district. ... Read More

Lessig Asks: Can You Build a Movement from Capitol Hill?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 20 2008

Larry Lessig is tying a possible congressional run to the question of whether or not launching a campaign and/or actually serving as a member of Congress is the best way to advance a national "grassroots" ... Read More

Why "Lessig for Congress" Might Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 15 2008

There's a playful drive afoot to draft law professor, free-culture guru, and PowerPoint maestro Larry Lessig to run in the April 8 special election for the open seat in California's 12th congressional district. Thing is, ... Read More

Tunisia 1984 Video Mash-up

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 10 2007

Blogger and human rights activist extraordinaire Ethan Zuckerman has a fascinating post up about a Tunisian version of the 1984 Apple ad video mash-up that predates the now famous "Vote Different" Hillary 1984 video by ... Read More

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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