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FWD.us, a Silicon Valley Foray Into Politics, Is Baffling Observers

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, May 1 2013

FWD.us subsidiary Americans for a Conservative Direction has launched new TV ads supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Mark Zuckerberg's new advocacy group FWD.us sparked an uproar among progressives recently when its subsidiaries, Americans for a Conservative Direction and Council for American Job Growth, bolstered two senators' reputations in their home states with a T.V. ad buy. Speaking privately, some progressives in Silicon Valley said they are fascinated by FWD.us' launch, and unable to decide whether FWD.us' overarching strategy of using traditional political tactics of television advertising and inside-the-Beltway lobbyists, combined with a grassroots organizing campaign, is smart or incredibly dumb. Read More

Mark Zuckerberg's Advocacy Group FWD's TV Ads Spark Online Backlash

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, April 29 2013

A new television ad campaign recently launched by Mark Zuckerberg's advocacy group FWD.us has sparked off a backlash online from a progressive group and other Democrats who are upset that the group is running ads ... Read More

Silicon Valley Bigwigs Make Another High-Profile Run At Immigration Reform

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 11 2013

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg marked the launch of his much-ballyhooed new Silicon Valley advocacy group on Thursday with a letter in the Washington Post, writing: "To lead the world in this new economy, we need the most talented and hardest-working people. We need to train and attract the best. We need those middle-school students to be tomorrow’s leaders." But this marriage of Silicon Valley pizazz and bipartisan spirit is hardly Silicon Valley's first crack at Capitol Hill. In fact, what's most notable about the group is that it was started at all. Read More

Book Review: Evgeny Morozov Doth Protest Too Much

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 9 2013

By Chatham House, via Wikimedia Commons

According to Evgeny Morozov, the world has gone crazy and he's one of the few sane people left. His strange new book, "To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism," goes so far to build up straw men for his attacks that he suggests contemporary technologists would have ensured Rosa Parks could never have committed her legendary act of civil disobedience. And it gets worse ... Read More

A Modest Proposal: Start Facebook.org

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 25 2013

By Derzsi Elekes Andor via Wikimedia Commons

The news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is working with a group of tech entrepreneurs to start a new independent political group aimed at influencing US policy on immigration and other issues prompts the following question: when is this giant social network going to start taking its own civic responsibilities more seriously, especially as it comes to how Facebook implicitly influences political processes all over the world? Read More

That Zucks? Facebook Founder's First Political Fundraiser To Be Besieged By Activists

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, February 13 2013

California activists are capitalizing on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's fundraising swing through Palo Alto Wednesday, bringing attention to the Republican's record on reproductive health services. Read More

Pre-Facebook IPO, Here's Where Shareholders Put their Political Cash

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, February 3 2012

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Says Its Mission Is To "Make The World More Open And Connected."

Facebook's initial public offering is in the works and the company is already gearing up to exert the kind of influence in Washington that one might expect from a publicly held firm. With a political action committee for the company already in place, here's a look at some of the politicians who might benefit from the rising fortunes of Facebook's early investors, based on those investors' past political contribution habits as reported by OpenSecrets. Read More

Larry Klayman Wants Facebook to Pay for "Third Intifada" Page

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 1 2011

Larry Klayman says he's suing both Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg for more than a billion bucks for not pulling down a "Third Palestinian Intifada" page more quickly, reports TechCrunch's Robin Wauters. Wauters ... Read More

Zuck Takes Provo

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 25 2011

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got "a hero's welcome" at Brigham Young University today, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Sure looks that way. He was there on the invitation of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, and spoke ... Read More

Identity Contra Zuck

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

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