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Editorial: How @Google And Friends Can Build Local Internet Power

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 26 2012

Poster from Google's Take Action page against SOPA/PIPA

Just over two months ago, somewhere around 10 million people emailed, called, faxed and otherwise cajoled their Members of Congress to express their opposition to the Stop Online Privacy (SOPA) and Protect IP (PIPA) Acts. An approximated 115,000 websites either went "dark" or joined the campaign in related ways, with Google, Wikipedia, Firefox, Wordpress, and Tumblr all playing leading roles. In two days, legislation that had been moving through Congress like a dose of salts was withdrawn from consideration, with dozens of Members suddenly announcing their opposition, including many who had originally supported the bills. The Internet had won, at least this once. Micah Sifry asks, now what? He writes: "We urgently need a conversation about one other huge piece of the puzzle: What's going to happen with all those email addresses Google and the other anti-SOPA groups collected from people who responded to their call to action on January 18th?" Read More

The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street: First They Meetup, Then They Take Over

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 1 2011

On Monday, I heard Scott Heiferman of Meetup.com give a great five-minute rap to a group of foundation and nonprofit types on the relationship between communities and movements, with a focus on the surprising parallels ... Read More

#OccupyWallStreet Has Grown 25% a Day Online Since Saturday; #OccupyColleges Next?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 6 2011

However we slice the data, the #OccupyWallStreet movement is still growing incredibly fast online. Of the original 201 "Occupy X" Facebook groups that we had identified as of 4pm EST Tuesday October 4, two days ago, the ... Read More

#OccupyTogether Shifts to Meetup.com; #Occupy Groups At 550K on Facebook

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 5 2011

This morning, the #OccupyTogether.org site announced that it had decided to migrate over to Meetup.com, essentially because they couldn't keep up with the inflow of information coming their way, and, as they put it, "Who ... Read More

#911Plus10: How 9/11 Begat Meetup.com

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, September 9 2011

Scott Heiferman by jdlasica, on Flickr Read More

PdF Worldwide Meetup Day: Sharing Our Stories

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, July 13 2011

In Los Angeles, a half-dozen PdFers gathered at Lucy's El Adobe. In Brussels, thirty folks met at the offices of Fleishman-Hillard, a PR firm. In Rome, it looks like the most stylish of affairs (see photo below; we are ... Read More

Announcing PdF Meetup Everywhere Day July 12

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 23 2011

For a couple of years, our friend Scott Heiferman, the founder of Meetup.com, has been urging us to start holding Personal Democracy Forum local meetups in addition to our annual conference. A year ago, he announced the ... Read More

Who Organized Tunisia's Revolution?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, January 15 2011

I'm trying to finish my Qwikileaks book, but events in Tunisia and the commentary around them spurs this quick comment: Read More

Why Twitter Matters & The Left Should Be Nervous

BY Michael Turk | Tuesday, May 5 2009

I realize I'm inviting much ridicule from my friends on the left, but I'm going to write this post anyway, and I'm going to leave the title intact - Why Twitter Matters & The Left Should Be Nervous. It's no doubt ... Read More